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Why Week 3 :: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Intro: We've been asking some of our toughest why questions. Last week we discussed some Biblical possibilities as to why God didn't answer our prayer. Today we'll be discussing perhaps the most commonly asked why question of all time. It also falls into the category of "Why did God allow that" or "Why God doesn't seem fair". I think everybody here has asked that question at sometime or another. Actually, some people in the Bible asked similar questions.

Abraham - Genesis 18:25b - Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldnt do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right? Jeremiah - Jeremiah 12:1b - Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? David - Psalms 44:24 - Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? Today we might ask it this way. Why are so many children dying of starvation worldwide? Why do so many people in third-world countries die of preventable diseases like diarrhea and the common cold?

Why would God allow these natural disasters like tornadoes and tsunamis to cause so much devastation? (ex. of earthquake in Haiti) I think these are fair questions to ask and that we could try to answer from a Biblical perspective. Today we want to try to answer the question, why do bad things happen to good people. As always, I don't claim to have all the answers, but we can look for Biblical possibilities. When it comes to trying to answer this question, it seems like people end up putting God into one of three categories. God must not be good. God isn't sovereign. God doesn't exist.

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN? 1 :: MAYBE YOU'RE SIMPLY A VICTIM OF A FALLEN WORLD. We see this in Genesis one, two and three. God creates everything and says "it is good". But then sin enters the world and this brought about consequences. Now there's death, pain and tragedy. We have to sweat and work, women go through extreme pain birthing, etc. John 16:33b In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. This is a guarantee from Jesus himself. In this sin-stained world you will have trouble, pain, hardship, confusion, things you don't understand, etc.

2 :: MAYBE YOU BROUGHT IT ON YOURSELF. There are direct consequences for our sinful; behaviors. Galatians 6:7-8 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 3 :: MAYBE GOD WANTS TO DO SOMETHING BIG. It may be something you don't understand or that you never want. Perhaps something that hurts deeply. But maybe through that God wants to do something big. John 9:1-3

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Put yourself in the shoes of this man for a moment. Imagine you were born blind and the label that was placed on you by society was that you were a dirty sinner and so were your parents. Do you think this man would have asked "Why God?" But contrary to the belief of the culture, Jesus gives us a different reason. So that the power of God could be shown in and through him.

Imagine everyone that would hear this mans story would be amazed at what Jesus did for him. He was born blind and was miraculously healed all for the glory of God! We see this also in the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. He was favored by his father. His brothers were jealous so they sell him as a slave to Egypt. He is jailed but ultimately brought up in power to second in command. His brothers return and are repentant, but Joseph says that what they meant for evil, God used for good. Can you think of anything that happened in your life that at first you couldnt understand, but as time passed, you were able to see Gods purposes? Often times when youre in the middle of a bad thing, a hardship, it is difficult to see what good

could come out of it. But lets look at this question once again. Why do bad things happen to good people? I think that the question is flawed. Its flawed because technically were not good. Psalm 53:1-3

The fool says in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there

is no one who does good. 2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Ecclesiastes 7:20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

The Bible teaches us that there is no one good. Romans 3:23 says that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. If we could grasp this concept, until we see ourselves as sinners, were not going to see our need of a savior. So bad things dont happen to good people, rather something bad only happened to someone good one time. JESUS WITHOUT SIN. Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet he did not sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Only Jesus is truly good because he is without sin. Something bad happened to him because he volunteered for it. Gospel And so many of us say, Gods not fair! And youre right. If he were fair hed give us what our sins really deserve. But the Gospel/good news is not that bad things happen to good people, but that good things happen to bad people. God does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. God removed our transgressions from us. He has forgiven us of our sin through Jesus.