Why do bad things happen to good people?

My name is Mukesh and I have a question. Why do bad things happen to good people?

There is no simple answer to this question. However, we can make certain observations, and there are some clues in Scripture. Let us make the question specific:

Why did terrible things happen to Jesus? After all, He is the Son of God – He is divine! The story of Jesus in the gospels makes it pretty clear why Jesus suffered. He was good. His goodness was evident. He hated hypocrisy. He lived a life wholly devoted to others. His very goodness caused the Pharisees to hate Him. In the end the Jewish leaders, with the sanction of the Roman governor, condemned Him to a cruel death on the cross.

The experience of Jesus gives us a clue as to why some good people, particularly active Christians, suffer abuse and persecution. Have you noticed that, even among children, if one boy or girl is trying to do right, and doesn't want to be included in mischievous behaviour, he or she is laughed at, and even bullied, just because he or she is good. The good people show up the bad people simply by their goodness, and the bad people don't like it.

Going a little deeper, think about Satan, who, according to 1 Peter 5:8, 'prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.' When anyone is endeavouring to follow Jesus and do His will, Satan is there with His temptations and persecutions. He is behind those people who mock and persecute good people. That is why sometimes good people have more trouble than bad people. But, however hard Satan tries to destroy the faith of God's followers, Jesus has promised His faithful people that 'no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand, (John 10:29). So long as we believe His promises, so long as we trust in Him, though we may suffer hardship and trial, 'in all things God works for the good of those who love him.' Or, as the footnote suggests in the NIV, 'works together with those who love him to bring about what is good.'



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