Now, here are some answers to the first part of your question of: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’
Some times, God’s people do not believe in God to be their God. They don’t believe that God is greater than their circumstance. This attitude allows the enemy to TAKE advantage of them by taking their stuff and their lives. Some of God’s people truly do not believe that God can or will deliver them. They believe that God is unable or not willing to be their God or deliver them. They have more faith in their fear or the bad than the goodness of the Lord. Look at the following verse below:
2 Corinthians 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
I prefer how the Amplified Bible says it:
2 Corinthians 4:4 (AMP)
For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.
What is being blinded? Their minds not their eyes. What is their minds being blinded by? Their mind’s are being blinded by unbelief. In the Greek the transliterated word for blinded has a root word that means pride. So, the persons pride (pride being that they can handle it, going to someone else for help or God is not able to help, etc) which is the person’s unbelief blinds them from seeing God as their deliver.
You are made in the image of God, just like Jesus is, in the above verse. Jesus is the Word made flesh. So we reply and deal with life as God the Father and His Son Jesus would with the help of the Holy Spirit. Whenever God wanted to change something He spoke the Word (Jesus is the spoken Word John 1:1) and the Holy Spirit manifested the Word. This shows how God is a speaking spirit just like you are. Remember, in Genesis 1:26, that we are made in the image of God; it reads:
Genesis 1:26 Amplified Bible (AMP)
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
Since we are made in the image of God, that makes us speaking spirits just like God. Remember, when God spoke, the universe was created. He speaks, and then ‘it is!’ It follows than that when we speak the Word (Jesus) the Holy Spirit will Manifest it. Look at the verse below.
Genesis 1:3 King James Version (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
God kept on ‘saying’ (audible speech) what he wanted throughout Genesis 1 and on until Jesus said it was finished:
John 19:30 Amplified Bible (AMP) When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Than Jesus rose again so you could start living out the beginning (Genesis 1:26.) and His resurrected life with the help of His Word and the Power of the Holy Ghost to manifest the Word. And that living Word happens to be Jesus himself inside of you!
John 1:1 Amplified Bible (AMP) In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
John 1:12 Amplified Bible (AMP) But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—
Another reason bad things are happening is because God’s people, who are speaking spirits just like God, are speaking the wrong things. They are speaking things contrary to God’s Word and contrary to what God said they could have. The new life that Jesus won for them through His death burial and resurrection. Look at Mark 11:19-31, I’m only putting down verse 23 but you should take the time to read it all.
Mark 11:23 King James Version (KJV) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
People are believing what they are saying and they are saying bad things because they are believing bad things. It is a vicious cycle of thoughts and reactionary speaking of what they already have and fear. You can only speak what you believe. So, if you believe bad that is what you get.
2 Corinthians 4:13 King James Version (KJV) We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
The last part of your question is this: ‘…and good things happen to bad people?’
The answer to this part of the question is that Jesus died for everybody. So, He isn’t mad at any one person, whether we classify them as good or bad. Jesus doesn’t only extend his offer of salvation to just ‘good people’ or ‘bad people’, but to everyone. He does not disapprove of any person, just a person’s repeated unrighteous behavior that was forced upon them through being born into a world that is controlled bey darkness (satan).
Colossians 1:20-22 Amplified Bible (AMP) And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.
21 And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities, 22 Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.
TO BE CONTINUED
GOD IS LOVE, LOVE CONQUERS ALL…
- Why do bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people? (Part 2) (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)
- Understanding the Name of God in Psalm 27:4 (PART 1) (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)
- Understanding the Name of God in Psalm 27:4 (Part 3) (muchloveblog.wordpress.com)