Dear brothers and sisters,
Why do good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people? Life is not fair, isn’t it?
We feel the question is justifiable, and we have a right to ask such a question. So how many times in life do we ask ourselves and ask God the same question?
We ask and we have answers.
Firstly, about “good people”, Jesus said:
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. (Mark 10:17-18)
“No one is good, except God alone.” So, the question – Why do bad things happen to good people?- is unreal, because good people do not exist. And if there are not good people, how would there be bad people? If everyone is the same, then we cannot say this person is bad and that person is good. Therefore, the question at the beginning of the article is illogical, as far as Jesus is concerned.
Secondly, when we ask the question at the beginning of the article, we are doubting the wisdom of God – we think God makes wrong judgments on people. However, the Bible says:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?” (Romans 11:33-34)
Therefore, if we trust God, we will not ask the question at the beginning of the article.
In summary, the question about good and bad people has no logical basis in the heaven’s eyes. Instead of asking such a question, let us trust God.
Have a faith day.
Phạm Thu Hương