Why bad things happen to Good people?


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This is a presentation that Prason used to share the word of God among a group of young college students.

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Why bad things happen to Good people?

  1. 1. 1 An innocent child in her last moments
  2. 2. 2 Haiti
  3. 3. 3 The man who killed almost half a million of innocent civilians
  4. 4. 4 Ajmal Kasab! He killed hundreds of people in a terror attack in Mumbai
  5. 5. 5 A boy- born blind From the movie “The color of paradise” by Majid Majidi.
  6. 6. 6 Polio attacked children in Africa
  7. 7. 7 All these pictures would make most of us ask these questions • Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people? • Why does God allow birth defects? • Why does God allow natural disasters?
  8. 8. 8 Or this one question Why does God allow bad things to happen to Good people?
  9. 9. 9 As a Child of God, how do we handle this question? Before handling this question with people of various faith, do we have an understanding of this question? When we face trials and tribulations in our life, how do we handle it? Let us analyze it.
  10. 10. 10 Intent is prior to Content We have to understand that… People ask questions 1. To really know the answer 2. To get into an argument to fuel their egos. • So if we know that their intent is to really find answers, then we ought to listen to them and answer them with humility by sharing the content that we know. But if they are in an argumentative mode, it is better to keep quiet and answer them in very few words (filled with God’s wisdom) • Hence Intent is always prior to Content
  11. 11. 11 The question we have is Why does God allow bad things to happen to Good people?
  12. 12. 12 But the Bible says Romans 3:23 - …All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God So the question invariably becomes wrong. But still let us see why bad things happen to people and when such bad things happen, how we ought to react to it.
  13. 13. 13 • King David cries out to God in Psalm 73 • Job cries out to God through out the poetic book of Job Now look at this passage • Romans 9:20-24 says that we are like the clay in a potter’s hands. God – Potter We – clay We are not alone. Even men in the Bible have asked this question. Please see the following two points
  14. 14. 14 So Are we puppets in God’s hands? • The answer is Yes! We are indeed puppets. But we ( as a puppet) do not know whether God is going to use us for a Noble purpose or a common purpose. • When we try to answer questions by trying to place ourselves in God’s shoes, we would never be able to find the answer because His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
  15. 15. 15 • Ecclesiastes 8:17 – Scientists will fail to Understand God’s works • Romans 11:33 – God’s wisdom cannot be measured • Deuteronomy 29:29 – Don’t try to probe • Acts 1:7 – It is not right for man to know about God’s time But still • Amos 3:7 –God reveals his secrets to his servants Now look at the meaning of these following verses The same God whose works cannot be even fathomed by scientists, reveals his secrets to his servants- the prophets
  16. 16. 16 Let us look into the life of a Biblical Character
  17. 17. 17 Joseph • When he was a teenager, He was sold by his brothers as a slave • He was then thrown into an unknown country –Egypt • He was wrongly accused and was thrown into prison • He was not recognized in the prison • His sister was raped by Ungodly men • Finally he lost his father also Not even once in his life, Joseph asked the question, “ Why God Why” Let us learn three important aspects that Joseph did. We could also adopt the same three steps when we go through a bad phase in life
  18. 18. 18 1)Don’t bite the bait? • Genesis 39: 9 - “ I would be sinning against God” When Joseph was seduced by his master’s wife, he didn’t bite the bait. His answer is a wonderful example that we could follow He did not even want to fall into sin and then cry out in guilt.
  19. 19. 19 The weeping poet Jeremiah questions God in Jer 12:1-4 and asks the same question 1 You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?  2 You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.  3 Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!  4 How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, "He will not see what happens to us."
  20. 20. 20 God was silent all this while and answered him in Jeremiah 12:5 God's Answer  5 "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? If you can’t live with men on earth, how can you survive in heaven?
  21. 21. 21 Before we ask the question of evil around us, have we asked the question to ourselves to find out how evil we are?
  22. 22. 22 2. Triumph in suffering rather than fall into self pity • Gen 50 :20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives Joseph’s answer to his brothers baffles me all the time. His brothers cheated him all his life. But still he never fell into a web of self pity. Instead he triumphed in suffering
  23. 23. 23 Nick Vujicic  He has no arms and no legs. He did not cry and fall into self pity. But he has triumphed in suffering by the Grace of God. Check his 2 minute speech by clicking this [link]
  24. 24. 24 We can live in self pity or we can triumph in suffering
  25. 25. 25 3. Savor the peace in your heart and don’t try to take revenge •Is there any person in your life whom you have not forgiven? •Unforgiving nature is anger against God
  26. 26. 26 And when you depict the fruits of the spirit of God • Genesis 41:38 - So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?" Unbelievers will testify for us
  27. 27. 27 1) Don’t bite the bait? 2) Triumph in suffering rather than fall into self pity 3) Savor the peace in your heart and don’t try to take revenge So
  28. 28. 28 Let us Reason If you want to share anything regarding this presentation, please write to me at prason@chronicwriter.com The author comes from a very small town in the southern most part of India. He had a good education and he was brought up in Christian faith. But he went with the ways of the world in his late teens and fell for all the vices. Still God chose him; broke him and molded him and has made him a steward for him.