This is Part two in our quest to understand ‘What’s going on’ when bad things happen to apparently good people and vice versa when good seems to happen to bad people.
Q: Why do bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people?
God is not in control of the bad… you (and all of mankind) are in control of the bad through the choices that we make in life. God is in control of the good! We participate in the good when we on purpose chose it. God destroyed the bad and here is why:
1 John 3:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
[But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].
You see, according to Psalm 115:16 God gave people the earth.
Psalm 115:16 King James Version (KJV)
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
God made Adam in His image and He told him to take dominion of the earth, instead Adam gave the earth to satan in this following verse.
Genesis 1:26-28 The Message (MSG) 1:26-28
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings;
he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth!
Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
Through Adam ‘the bad’ was released into this realm where we exist now. Jesus came to restore things back to their rightful order. Look at the following verse that shows how God accomplished His plan borne out of Divine Love:
Romans 5:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Jesus revealed to us His ‘Mission Statement’ in Luke 19:10, which He completed through His death burial and resurrection wherein He implemented His plan for us. This verse below clearly tells us God’s intention for His creation. His plans are all inclusive of what He originally created to be fully restored back to it’s original state.
Luke 19:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
But, what was lost? Everything was lost, the good, the people, the people’s stuff and their dominion. It was lost with the fall of Man, when Adam disobeyed God and in turn lost everything to Satan. Jesus said that it is Satan who does the ‘bad’ and Jesus came to give us the back the ‘good.’
John 10:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
It is this resurrected life through Jesus Christ that we live out His life on the earth today. We do this by standing in agreement with the word that Jesus spoke and is… Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. This is what has granted us the victory. You can’t have a victory without a test, a trial, or tribulation. Remember He (Jesus) won it and you stand for it in His stead.
Now, here is the answer to your question: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’
One of the reasons is that God’s people don’t read their bibles and they are clueless about what Jesus died for. They are clueless about what was won back for them and what now (again) belongs to them. They are clueless about their authority and how to operate and live in it. In the following verse from the Message Bible you will clearly see why:
Matthew 5:38-47, The Message (MSG) Love Your Enemies
“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. 43-47“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
TO BE CONTINUED
GOD IS LOVE, LOVE CONQUERS ALL…
- Understanding the Name of God in Psalm 27:4 (Part 3) (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)
- Why do bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people? (Part 1) (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)
- Today I choose ‘JOY’ Over Sorrow and Despair (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)
- How Can I Love Someone Who Hates Me, Speaks Ill of Me, and Wishes Me Evil Things? (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)
- Reigning in this Life by Christ Jesus & what it Means to ‘You!’ (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)