This is a very tough question. I don’t want to take sympathy away from anybody who had gone through hard times when they did nothing to deserve that problem directly, and I acknowledge that life can be unfair at times, and terrible things can happen to decent people.
However, to be brutally honest and wholly truthful, none of us are actually “good”. Not good enough for God, that is. Not good according to God’s holy standard. The Book of Romans says, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10) So, when people claim to be “good”, it is the world’s standards that they usually use to gauge themselves.
Because of mankind‘s sin as a whole, bad things will often happen. It sucks, yes. But the Almighty God, who has every right to punish us for our disobedience, has instead shown us a tremendous amount of love and grace that we ultimately do not deserve. He died on the cross for us to be able to be with Him and complete the beautiful love story in Heaven one day.
Many times, people assume that the question “why do bad things happen to good people?” is a question for God to answer directly. It is assumed that because something bad happened, God must have caused it. Those with a strong Christian faith will often say, “it must be God’s will”, or “God must have his reasons”. While God does things according to how He pleases (Psalm 115:3), we humans ultimately control our destiny. That’s the reason why we are given free will.
Do you believe in free will? Unless you think we are all puppets mindlessly performing out God’s play, then you know that we all have a choice to do right or wrong, to follow God’s will or our own. We all end up doing our own thing and not following God‘s will sometimes, which often results in bad things happening to us.
This was not what God wanted! He wanted us to follow Him and be blameless. If we did all the time, nothing would ever happen. Yes, Job was blameless before God and bad things still happened to him, but we should remember that his adversities were just to test his loyalty to God and that God compensated him by giving him double of everything he had before. Bad things happen because, by God’s glorious standard, none of us are good. This does not mean that you are to blame for the problems in your life. Maybe you are, and perhaps maybe you’re an innocent victim, but mankind’s sin as a whole and the decision to turn away from God, began all of the problems in the world today.
God did not create our problems, but He did create a way out of those problems by giving us His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our mistakes. How well do you know His Son?
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