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1st Sunday Question?: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

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The popular question has to be "Why do bad things happen to good people?" And I think there are about 4 main answers to the question.

The 1st and probably most common answer is that God doesn't exist or isn't powerful enough to prevent the bad things from happening, or that he might be powerful enough and he just doesn't care. While many people might entertain this as a possible answer, I'm just going to reject it here as the non-Christian answer and move on....

The 2nd answer is that bad things don't happen to good people. This idea receives a bunch of support from Proverbs, as well as Romans 8:28. There is merit to this idea, and we do know that God loves to bless and edify those who love Him; however, following this logic often leads to the notion that "if something bad is happening to you, then you must not be as good as we all thought you were." Many people (many Christians) do feel this way and act this way, and oftentimes it is for this r…