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Every time something bad was about to happen, God would personally intervene and stop it. Isn’t it better to face life’s problems with God rather than without Him? Then all sorts of things come clearer and into sharper focus. We hug. This oft-repeated question says nothing about God, but everything about human beings. We experience the consequences of other people’s mistakes and failures. All of us feel the effects of sin in one way or another. We have turned that into good advice like taking out a life insurance policy on your ultimate future. Or if humans have free will, and God doesn't control everything on the earth, then why do we pray and ask him for things? He says; ‘Stay faithful to the covenant life’, but doesn’t usually hit us over the head with a sledgehammer when we don’t. The vast spiritual conflict between Satan and God that has raged from the beginning of time will be over, and God will be triumphant. Nothing can happen that he does not allow and he works all for the good of his people and his glory. All of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). This video is unavailable. When we read the stories of Jesus and see what is going on in those stories, perhaps we need to rethink the meaning of the word “God” around who we see in Jesus. Nobody can tell God what He “must” do. Although we would argue that God occasionally breaks the laws of physics (miracles), He does not do this on a routine basis. We live in a world that is marred by sin, so difficulties and disappointments are bound to cross our path. People all around the United States and much of the world are still grappling with this weekend’s tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been asked hundreds of times why God allows evil to take place, and I have to tell you honestly that I do not know the answer—not fully. By Billy Graham   •   In general, miracles are done with the purpose of displaying God's power and authority. I am right now looking out a window at a beautiful blue sky, at a lovely winter’s morning, and you just think “This is a wonderful world, it’s so beautiful, it’s so full of promise and life.” And yet I’ve actually just had breakfast with a friend whose husband died just a couple of years ago, and she is still processing the question of why in early middle life would something like this happen? Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen? So we’re in this new period time between hearing the news and the fulfillment of the news. The basic point of the book is the difference between good news and good advice. Watch Queue Queue It’s not simply a machine or a business with God as the CEO. Why do bad things happen to good people? Some books - such as Job, Lamentations, Habakkuk, and plenty of the psalms - explicitly wrestle with the tension between God's sovereignty and the obvious presence and even flourishing of evil. I’m not saying this is always easy to do. The news what God has done in and through Jesus creates a whole new world, and we are invited into that world. Find her online at darganthompson.com or follow her extremely random train of thought on Twitter @darganthompson. They were mourning! It seems to me that this is what the Church, at its best, is always doing, usually below the radar. 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No, we may not understand everything that happens to us—but when we know Christ, we know we are on the winning side. Both evil and Satan are real, and the two go hand-in-hand. This doesn’t mean bad things will never happen to us—but even when they do, we can know God is with us, and He will give us strength to stand against them. God is not controlling. Because “with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.” God does not try, or test, anyone by inciting him to behave badly. If He is, doesn't that make Him evil also? And then, as one of Woody Allen’s characters says: “I sort of believe in God, but it looks like He’s basically an underachiever.” In other words, He’s not a very good CEO, He’s not good at running this show. “I can understand why God lets bad things happen to people who are evil, but why do bad things sometimes happen to good people? If He could have sent a miracle. God often allows failure to point us to one critical truth: we can't live the Christian life on our own. But let me tell you three very important truths about evil that might help you. If God were merely loving but not in control of all things it would be a scary universe. When we ask “why do ‘bad’ things happen,” we are interpreting bad from a very limited perspective. We weep with those who weep. Why do bad things happen to God's people? Hearing about these things, we often find ourselves asking the question—sometimes out loud, sometimes just in our heads—”Where is God in all this?”. In the book, you argue that Christians have distorted the Gospel being “good news.” Could you elaborate on that? Has He got it wrong?” But no, He’s been in the middle of this mess with us and He’s taken the worst the world can do onto Himself. But they do. But there continue to be horrific tragedies and pain and suffering throughout the world. Watch Queue Queue. How do you think we live in that tension? Not true. Now, there’s nothing wrong with good advice, but it’s not the same as good news. Are they just unfortunate things which must be endured or can they work for our good? Watch Queue Queue. Dargan is a former RELEVANT editor turned freelancer. God is involved with it in ways which it’s hard for us now, particularly in the modern world, to grasp. Why do bad things happen to good people? If He’s really there. Sometimes the reason He doesn’t reverse the bad things that happen in your life is because God has three choices. And that’s not the only crisis in the world: People across the globe are being persecuted and killed for their beliefs. Where Are You, God? "If God is in control, why do bad things happen?" It is always a mystery, but the classic Christian disciplines, of prayer, of worship, of the study of Scripture, and particularly, of service to the poor … in all of those ways, we are actually plugging into the new creation, which has already been launched. But there’s the hope of heaven. Wright is interested in. The doctrine of God’s sovereignty is meant to give us peace and joy and help us trust God at all times, even when we are suffering. Watch Queue Queue Not that we can bring the new creation by our own efforts—God brings that in God’s time. Is Too Much Expertise Bad For Leadership? Isn’t it better to face life’s problems with God rather than without Him? Every weekday, get our new Deeper Walk devotional delivered to your inbox! Too many people get hung up on God’s sovereignty and think it means God “must” control all things. As hard as it is to acknowledge, we must remember that there are no “good” people, in the absolute sense of the word. Even to say that sounds like wacky or weird, and people say “What do you mean, ‘different layers of time’?” Because the way we live in today’s world is just time as a straight line and things get further and further away as you move on forward. Second, the Bible tells us that someday all evil will be banished. Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the LORD. Why does God allow failure and disappointments to happen if he's really in control? It’s always more puzzling and confusing than that. We don't blow it off or act chipper. Does God really care? Every weekday, get RELEVANT's top five articles delivered to your inbox! But actually, the world is much more complicated than that. 1. If God is in control why do he allow bad things to happen if he can fix it? Will Graham Q&A: What Good Can Possibly Come from COVID-19? This is the question of theodicy, and it's wrestled with in nearly every book of the Bible. 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No, we may not understand everything that happens to us—but when we know Christ, we know we are on the winning side. The speed of a cyclone, or the actions of my boss? It means He has the power and authority to control all things if He so desires. It teaches it by direct statements and by clear and sufficient implication. Wars are raging. God is going to do the new thing, for which those are signposts.”. He has launched His project of new creation. Why not Third, the Bible tells us that in the meantime, God can give us victory over evil. One of our problems with the sovereignty of God is that it frequently does not appear that God is in control of the circumstances of our lives. If God controls each and every event, from the tiniest to the greatest, and has already decided what will happen, then why pray? Two of my kids approached me separately during those final weeks, and with pain on their faces, asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Talk about a hard conversation! 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Show them how death and suffering are the punishment for sin but how Jesus Christ provided the solution to that problem when … God’s sovereignty gives meaning to bad things. They were suffering. The Difference Between Dieting and Fasting, 5 Keys to Boost Your Mental Health During the 2020 Holidays, A Nashville Police Officer Says God Told Him to ‘Turn Around’ Moments Before the Christmas Morning Blast, Bianca Juarez Olthoff on the Power of Prayers of ‘Lovingkindness’. And if He isn't in control, doesn't that make Him weak and less than God? We live in a world where you can’t simply look at the evidence and say, “There you are, there is a good God, everything’s OK.” That’s why the good news of Jesus is that in the middle of this confusing world, with so much beauty but also so much sorrow, what God has done in Jesus launches a project, which says “Yes, the sorrow is real, but God has dealt with it and is dealing with it. Why do bad things happen to good people? It’s always more puzzling and confusing than that. He offers us blessing and cursing, life and death. BGEA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. When bad things happen, we might sometimes wonder where God is. But through most periods of history, people knew perfectly well that actually, things could change with time. Part of our trouble is that in the Western world, we’ve assumed that God is, as it were, the celestial CEO of this thing called the universe incorporated. You can never look at the way the world is and read God’s purposes off from the way the world is.   •   Topics: Suffering. That means your divorce, your affair, your lapse of judgment, your squandered opportunities, your failed business venture, your bankruptcy, your poor choices—these do not loosen God’s grip on the direction of your life at all. But how do we know that God always controls everything?” How do we know that God always controls everything? Michael Coren Page 1 of 3. They said, “It is vain to serve God.” They said there was no profit in serving Him. I once made the mistake of thinking this way about God. Introduction The reasons why a loving God would allow so much evil in the world are a mystery and a stumbling block to faith for many people. That brings up the age old question: If God is good and He’s in control, why does He let bad things happen? Is It Possible to Care About Every Issue? Who or what, then, is to blame when bad things happen? His book, Simply Good News, talks about the ways the truth of the Gospel transforms our present reality, creating a new period of time between Jesus’ death and His return. If He could have prevented it. As Jesus said, “No one is good—except God alone” (Luke 18:19). Here is their complaint. Why? First, the Bible tells us that evil does not come from God, nor can we blame God for all the evils in the world. He confirms that the world is fallen because we are out of the relationship with God that we are meant to live in. If we believe that God is sovereign and that “all things work together for good,” then claiming something as bad is a really short-sighted view. If God really could not have stopped bad things from taking place, then why should we remain hopeful that He has purpose in those bad things and works them toward the good of His people (Romans 8:28)? A: You aren’t alone in being puzzled about this question; theologians and Bible scholars have discussed it for centuries without coming up with a final answer. God builds the Kingdom, but what we do in present is actually going to be taken up and used within that larger project. Local: 704-401-2432 Are natural disasters caused by God or Satan? Start your weekdays with “RELEVANT Today”—a quick look at our five most trending articles. I ended up believing that He didn’t exist, and that’s why I became an atheist for eight years of my life.. The colour of my socks? No, we may not understand everything that happens to us—but when we know Christ, we know we are on the winning side. We know He wants what’s best for us. It is true that God is good and that in the world under His control bad things happen—at least bad things happen from the human perspective. Privacy How Should You Spend Money During the Holidays? It is hard, and we don't make light of it. Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? This doesn’t mean bad things will never happen to us—but even when they do, we can know God is with us, and He will give us strength to stand against them. The hope and peace we so desperately seek is not found in stopping every bad thing from happening, because we simply can’t do it. Millions are living in poverty. My answer is that we know this because the Bible teaches it. Bible Answer: The book of Malachi tells us about a very interesting complaint from the people of Israel against God. Toll Free: 1-877-247-2426. He does not give us free will then take it away. So, Were Mary and Joseph Actually Refugees? It’s a question that believers have struggled with for centuries, and it’s one theologian N.T. The Bible talks about “the mystery of iniquity” (2 Thessalonians 2:7, KJV)—and that’s what evil is: a mystery. Do we mean that God controls every decision, every event; every single thing that happens? We see unjust, uncaring or even clearly wicked people doing things that adversely affect us. That’s what the story of Jesus is all about. Why not commit your life to Him today? I've always been puzzled about this. Isn’t it better to face life’s problems with God rather than without Him? Evil comes instead from Satan, and it entered this world when Satan deceived Adam and Eve and caused them to turn against God. ©2021 BGEA We live between the news about something that has happened and the promise that therefore something will happen. Permissions Will Graham: A Story on Social Distancing from the Old Testament, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 It’s not simply a matter of “Has God blundered? So if I chose to drink too much alcohol during pregnancy and my baby is born with an disability as a result, was God in control of that? An earlier version of this interview appeared in January 2015. Is it good to suffer? Someday all evil will be cast “into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41, KJV). This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Do Our Bodies Matter to Our Spiritual Lives? I gulped then muttered something about a fallen world, that life will never be perfect on earth regardless of whether we’re good, bad, or somewhere in between. “You might like to sign up for this option because it will be better for you.”. Do we really believe God is in control? When I discipline my child, it might seem like a bad thing from his vantage point, but it is a good thing from mine. We don’t build the Kingdom, we build for the Kingdom. Billy Graham’s Answers for Hard Times. We know He is in control. Why not commit your life to Him today? You might be much closer to a foundation event, even though it was a long time ago chronologically, it might be much closer to your reality. Let me give you five clusters of texts or kinds of texts. How God Works. Nevertheless, if you ask God for discernment, you can begin to understand why He allowed something to occur. Jesus himself never answers the question of why bad things happen in this world, other than to confirm that they will continue to happen. If God is in charge why do bad things happen to good people? Is God in control of everything that happens—even evil things? The Church consists of all God’s people going about this Kingdom work day by day, year by year, and this will be part of the new creation which God will eventually make. July 20, 2016 On a practical level, since we’re in the middle of that and we can’t really see what God is doing, how do we live in light of that reality? What Should I Expect From Myself in 2021? Bad things only happen because god is testing us whether it is in a negative way or in a positive way , God does this to see how strong we are as human beings- there is a saying that connotes ” God gives a hard time to his strongest survivors”. First, God works all things according to his will. 8:28 we find a famous verse which a lot of Christians know by heart. The church’s life of worship and prayer and sacraments and Scripture reading is a way of making that a reality, so that even though we find it hard to describe what’s going on, the reality of that fusion of time—God’s time and our time—is a very present reality. Several years ago, I commissioned a national survey and asked people what question they'd ask if they could only ask God one thing. - We Have the Answer. If God is in control of everything that happens in the universe, then He is in control of everything that happens in your life as well. The truth is, you can’t know all the reasons why God lets bad things happen. If God is not in control, then we can have no sure confidence that there is a point to the evil around us. Part of our trouble is that it’s a feature of the modern Western world that we have forgotten about, as it were, different layers of time. You can never look at the way the world is and read God’s purposes off from the way the world is. 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