If God is good, why do bad things happen?

October 7, 2014 0 comments

The news headlines make it clear: things are not as they should be. Ebola is breaking out in West Africa and entering the United States. ISIS is beheading people on television.

Airplanes are disappearing. Children are being bought and sold into sex slavery. Things are not right.

Seemingly good people suffer while wicked people seem to prosper. Things are not right.

There is cancer, rape, abuse, divorce, loss, death, pain and suffering. Things are not right.

In September, I asked our church two questions:

  1. If you could ask God anything, what would you ask Him?
  2. If your neighbor could ask God anything, what would he/she ask Him?

We received several interesting questions that we will address from God’s Word in our new series #TrendingNow, but overwhelmingly the response was: Why do bad things happen?

Specifically, people asked questions like these:

  • Why do so many suffer?
  • Why is there cancer?
  • Why did you allow my husband to die?
  • Why don’t you protect the innocent?
  • Why did my babies die?
  • Why did you allow my dad to go through pain?
  • Why did we lose our twins?
  • Why do you make people wait to get help?

One person asked how to respond to their Jewish neighbor who says, “I can’t believe in a God who allows six million Jews to be killed.”

That’s why we are addressing this question in this two-part message entitled: Why?

I’d love to have you join us for part two of the message this Sunday at Southbridge Fellowship.


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