It seems that both believers and unbelievers ask this question all the time. It is a hard question for unbelievers, but it should not be hard for believers.


The truth is that there are no Agood people@. The question, though it sounds like a valid question, is not. It is the same kind of question as, AWhat is the sound of one hand clapping@. When a ruler ask Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life and addressed Him as Agood teacher@, Jesus answered first, AWhy do you call me good? No one is good: except God alone.@(Luke 18:18&19 NIV)


The question really should be, AWhy do bad things happen to believers”. The question, when asked this way, does have an answer. Romans 8:28 (NIV) says, AAnd we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.@ The answer to the question, when asked this way, is Athere are no bad things@. Things which seem bad are allowed by God for the good of the believer. What seems bad at the time is only temporary. Something like an operation. When a doctor cuts out a tumor there is pain and suffering for a time, but it is for the good of the patient.


I don=t want to make too much of the importance of the believer. Actually we should be more interested in the good of God and less interested in the good of the believer. Our emphases should be on God and not on ourselves.


It seems to me that blessings naturally flow to us when we put God first. There is little need to ask for blessings when they are flowing to us naturally.




  1. Ray says:

    I am good only because I am in Him who is — Jesus Christ. Thanks for your thoughts. Jesus supplies us with the strength and comfort to endure the bad things. Out of our suffering comes a stronger faith/trust in God.

  2. billphillips says:


    I agree completely. The fact that someone would even ask why bad things happen to good people show they don’t understand God’s holiness and justice. I don’t think people are ready to be saved until they start asking: Why didn’t God send me to hell a long time ago?


  3. Philip Igono says:

    I personally think Adam and Eve fell to a simple temptation in the Garden of Eden because before then there was no discomfort that actually got them emotionally, socially, spiritually etc. engaged and because of that, there were not intelligent.
    Bad things force us from our comfort zone and as well expose us to a world of GAINS; a world of Pains

  4. astudent says:


    I agree with most of your comment. We do not learn a thing by doing something correctly. We only learn from mistakes. God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree and He told them what would happen if they did, but they had to eat to really learn.

    The only thing I see differently is that they were not intelligent. Intelligence is the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge. It is not knowledge itself.

    They had the intelligence to apply knowledge, but they did not do so.

    Perhaps that is why there will be no more tears in Heaven. Maybe we will be able to apply intelligence before we make mistakes.

    Good comment as it raised many thoughts in my mind.

  5. Barbara says:


    That is very thought provoking.


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