Friday, September 18, 2015

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

     Since God is the creator of all things and is almighty, many people may be inclined to hold him responsible for everything that takes place in the world, including all that is bad. However, consider what the Bible says about the true God:

  • "Jehovah is righteous in all his ways." --Psalm 145:17.
  • "All his (God's) ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust; righteous and upright is he." --Deuteronomy 32:4.
  • "Jehovah is very tender in affection and merciful." --James 5:11.

God does not cause bad things to happen. Does he, though, incite others to commit vile deeds? Not at all. "When under trial," state the Scriptures, "let no one say: 'I am being tried by God.' "Why? Because "with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone." (James 1:13) God does not try, or test, anyone by inciting him to behave badly. God neither causes bad things to happen nor incites others to do what is bad. Who or what, then, is to blame when bad things happen?

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