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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People -- The Way I Understand It - Part 1

Updated on July 8, 2012

When Tragedy Strikes

A murder, a car accident, a sudden medical fatality -- these are tragedies that have taken lives of people from a small town in the past six months. In effort to comfort the grieving, condolences are offered, "Well, I reckon God just need another angel;" and, "We can't question God's plan, He knows best."

How sad! I cannot reconcile my understanding of Who the Maker of heavens and earth is to be One who plans to end life with such sorrow, grief, and sense of tragedy. "Sacrilege." "Heresy." "Who are you to say what God does or does not do?" I can hear the comments already. Just, please, continue to read.

My Approach to Understanding a Biblical God

A huge stumbling block in Christianity is misinterpretation of the Bible. I do not claim to "know it all" ... in fact, the more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. I do not think the Bible claims to be the chronicles of all things eternal. Rather, as all literature, the Bible has a purpose: to explain why the inhabitants of the earth need a Savior, that Savior's prophecies, chronicling the Savior's life, and instruction/guidelines how to live successfully until the Savior's return.

Many Christians approach the Bible as the end all of all, so to speak. If dinosaurs aren't in it, then they never existed, for example. I say, when you study the original Hebrew translation, the Bible leaves room for dinosaurs. Without getting too deep, let's look at the opening verse of Genesis: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void. The accurate translation of the word "was without form, and void" is "became without form, and void". Think about that for just a minute. Something had to be there in order for the earth to become void. "In the beginning" is not in reference to the beginning of all things, rather, the beginning of this season on earth.  Wow, that opens a biblical  door to a whole lot of unpenned history -- and actually causes archaeology to support the Bible.

There is much, much more we could look at in Genesis, but I think this one example shows the importance of studying the word in depth. Too often, the Bible is read horizontally rather than vertically. People read it surfacely, in conventional understanding, rather than study it.

Could you imagine turning in a thesis defending that Scout Finch of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird was a bigot, citing when Scout asks her father, Atticus, "Are we n****er lovers?" Anyone who reads the book knows it decries racism and exposes prejudice, and that Scout's father, Atticus, is a champion of social justice. Scout is in no measurement prejudiced. And yet, people toss around scripture to "prove" their point. They approach scripture egocentrically -- to prove their point -- rather than Christ-centrically. And thus, gregarious error repeats itself, turning people away from truth.

The way I have discovered the character of Father God - Jehovah, Yahweh, - is is by studying Jesus Christ. Jesus told his disciples, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." (John 5:19) What did Jesus do? He healed the sick, raised the dead, scolded "religious" hypocrites, and walked an amazing love journey. That is our Heavenly Father's heart -- to love His creation, not kill them.

Jesus told His followers, "The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) According to Jesus, whom Christians are supposed to imitate, if something steals, kills or destroys "abundant life" -- its source is not God, but the devil.

More to Come, Soon.

Part Two of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People.

Again, I do not mean to offend anyone. I simply believe with my everything that we have a Maker who loves us lavishly, more than we can comprehend or think, and am truly saddened when I read or hear comments that would cause anyone not to trust or believe in Him. I certainly could not believe in a God who snuffed innocent lives.

Thank you for reading.

Thank You!

I hope you were encouraged and inspired to know your Maker and all of His goodness.

As always, I welcome your comments -- please keep your words respectful. :) Please take the time to comment, I welcome your thoughts. If you liked this hub, please vote up or choose any appropriate accolade. Of course, if you think your friends would enjoy reading this hub, please share on your social networks.

Thank you again! :)


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      breathe2travel 2 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you, Lynsey, for reading and your comment. I am so grateful to know my writing helped you. Best regards~

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      Lynsey 2 years ago

      Heck of a job there, it abutsloely helps me out.

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      cto - LOL. Lineage...ya think? Thanks! -Cheektowaga ;)

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      cto8768 5 years ago

      Once again, an exceptionally well written, articulated essay. I LOVE reading your blogs! What a gift (most likely passed on from your paternal lineage:] ) Very thought provoking and heartfelt. Thank you!!

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you Valerie, Seeker, and Gifts for reading and commenting.

      Gifts - I am so sorry for your loss and pray our Father's unfailing love heals and fills the void.

      Warmest regards~

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent hub, great presentation of the truth of life. We live in a fallen world. God doesn't do alot of what he is blamed for. Bad things that happen, deepen our faith, because we know that He cares even when we suffer. God will allow us to grow through these things, in a way that we will be ready to minister others. I lost my twin girls, and a husband to cancer, but I don't blame God, because He knows best. I made a number of poor choices in my life, and I experienced the consequences of those choices, and I was able to choose to learn from them, change, and let God redeem them as touchpoints in order to minister to others. They made me a chaplain in touch with pain, grief and fear, and I point others to faith in God. What could be better than being His ambassador? My only prayer for myself is that I represent Him as He really is. Blessings and love to you. Keep writing, as you grow, you will have much to offer through your writing. I rated you up, and I am following you! Have a great day, my friend.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A fascinating hub!

      I find it ironic and a bit sad that people who profess to love and know their God, sometimes turn against their faith when anything bad happens.

      The great spiritual forces,(God), have created everything, but that creation is allowed to follow it's own journey. As such things will happen that are horrible, painful, frightening but that is how life/creation sometimes works. It goes wrong at times because it has been created to follow it's own path without interference.

      God or whatever name people may have within their own beliefs, does not look down and suddenly point a finger and make terrible things happen. The freedom that life's journey has does unfortunately involve terrible things happening at times. People should always get comfort out of their beliefs, not become even more distraught by the mistaken idea that their deity is playing a cruel game when they are not. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of some of our ancestors beliefs. When tragedy struck, yes they grieved, but they were also happy for their loved ones who had lost their physical lives, because this meant they were in a much better place.

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      Valerie Kenney 6 years ago

      Very thought provoking Heidi. Until we enter heaven there will always be mysteries we can't explain and understanding of things which have been withheld. Once again beautifully written!