Why Do Bad Things happen?

Why Do Bad Things happen?

By: Rev. Joe Kramer

This question keeps coming up, so I figured we would revisit it today.

I know someone who has a wonderful special needs child, asking why this happened to them when there are so many rotten parents out there. Hey, I have been there. I used to ask this question a lot because my child has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (which falls on the Autism Spectrum), but we aren’t going to delve into that in this article.

This question basically asks, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I am not going to placate this parent with the standard, “God chose you for this child.” While God did look down the corridor of time and saw this happening and He can strengthen us to go through these situations there is a much more simple, albeit colder, answer to this question.

With this question we must first realize that there are no good people in the world anymore. This ended at the Garden of Eden when man left God. Thereby sin marred the entire creation and nothing is as it should be. Romans 3:23 tells that all of us have sinned and fall short of God’s standard which is perfection, this why He made a way through Jesus Christ to come to Him to begin the process of repair. We must remember that the cross of Christ is not the end, but the beginning, this world, and our bodies, are still marred by sin. Our hope, however, is in the resurrection that is promised to come later. So without spending too much time here let us continue.

Technically the question is why does bad things happen for no reason or why do decent people suffer? So let us focus here a minute shall we. Remember what we said earlier, that sin entered into the world and nothing is as it should be, not genetics, not morals, ethics etc. I thought about this long and hard and came across Matthew 5:45 which states that it rains on good people and bad people alike.  To borrow a story from a writer I like, *Matt Slick, he talks about a grenade that is thrown into a crowd, some people get hit and others don’t. Some people get bad stuff happening and others don’t. This may seem cold but sometimes the truth is the truth.

Now this leads us to the next logical question. Why doesn’t God stop it?  (1) Man was given free will and Adam and Eve used their free will to turn against God and mess up the creation. God setup free-will and He doesn’t violate it. So here we are in the predicament (like I said earlier, simple answer but a cold one for sure). (2) Also, who makes the decision that it is bad? Using our example, when all is said and done would I change my son’s Asperger’s Syndrome? I don’t know, I can’t answer that because to change it would make him an entirely different individual wouldn’t it? Sure it is frustrating and heartbreaking at times, but I love who he is and it is a part of him.

In a more general sense of this question the answer could be that what may be bad for one person may not be bad to another person.  The more we look at this question the deeper we go and the more mind-boggling it becomes.

So we come to an inescapable conclusion that sin entered the world and bad things happen. The bad things are not what we should focus on, but how we respond to them. Does it make us better? Or bitter? Do we trust God to see us through the storm? Or do we look at the storm and fall into a pit of despair? God says to trust Him and He will give us the power to walk on water like Peter did. The key is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, so we don’t drown in the middle of storm like Peter almost did when he took his eyes off of Jesus.

While I know every bit of what I said is true it sometimes doesn’t make it feel any better, but knowing it and getting my eyes back on Jesus is what I must do in order to walk through the storm. God says in Romans 8:28 (KJV), “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So I know that ultimately God will make me better through these trials and will use me to help others going through them too.

What do you think? Constructive comments and questions are always encouraged.
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*Matt Slick is an author at CARM.org (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry)

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Tip Your Hat Toward God?

Tip Your Hat Toward God?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

As I sat and pondered (no this isn’t going to be an Edgar Allen Poe poem! lol) about Christianity and my own spiritual walk with God, I came to a realization. “Christians” today tend to kind of tip their hats toward God. Let us explore this thought in today’s article.

 

and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
 -Matthew 18:3 (NKJV)

and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
 -Ephesians 4:23 (NKJV)

 

Today People tend to add church onto their lives. They want to do all that they used to do and then just tack Jesus onto the side. They lull themselves into a false sense of security. They have an emotional experience, but never get beyond that. They want to simply live their lives and have their consciences salved over and bandaged.

In our first verse it says that we must become as children in order to enter into the kingdom. This verse does not just speak about conversion but speaks about the way we look at our morality. The way we look at Christianity. Christianity should not be something that is tacked onto our lives, but it should change our lives, it should make us completely different than who we used to be, to become something new. By that I don’t mean that you aren’t you anymore, I mean you are becoming someone different, you see the world differently.

Now this brings us to our next verse which commands us to be renewed in our minds. How does one accomplish this task? Well, the answer is simple but hard to practice. Are you ready? Take what you find in God’s Word, the Bible’s principles, and put them into practice! Novel, new concept… I know (gee that one will sell books right? See yesterday’s article to understand this joke)! Here is the rub. If you aren’t reading the Bible, digging out the principles, and maybe attending some kind of Bible Study (either in person or online) then you aren’t really renewing your mind. Renewing the mind, which means pulling the truths out and practicing them, is invaluable to us; it helps to deconstruct our old ways of doing things, which are of dead works and selfishness and allows us to, at the same time, establish the Bible’s ways of doing things! Does this mean you will wear a suit and tie everywhere? No. Does this mean you will stand on a street corner yelling, “Turn or burn!?” NO (I hope not as that is more ineffective than it is effective)! It simply means that you will not set out to intentionally lie to someone, hurt them, or anything else. You won’t go out of your way to make them absolutely miserable, just because you can. Remember it is about our heart, out of which flows our conduct. Do you want to know what is in a person’s heart? Then look at the way in which they speak to people, treat people, and act. Only then will you know who a person is and what they are about.

You know there is an old saying that floats around in preaching circles, albeit somewhat of a cliché. If you want to know what a man is like, talk to their wives. Don’t look at their accomplishments or their stature in power and money. Talk to their wife; get to know what she has to say about the man, or vice versa for you ladies out there. Is this a 100% true way of learning things? Of Course not, but it tends to be a good place to start.

So what should you do? Let me ask you some questions. Do you have a time that you set aside on a daily basis for just you and God? Do you even try to put into practice what you find in the Bible? Or are you just another pew warmer trying to get some salve for your conscience so you can feel better about yourself. The choice is yours! What are going to do? Turn completely around and give your heart back to God and allow Him to change you through His Word, knowing that as you come you can trust Him as a child does to do what He said He would do? Or will you just sit in the muck and mire like some kind of pig and enjoy the crud of life.

Why Do Bad Things happen?

Why Do Bad Things happen?

By: Rev. Joe Kramer

I saw a question today of someone who has a wonderful special needs child, asking why this happened to them when there are so many rotten parents out there. Hey, I have been there. I used to ask this question a lot because my child has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (which falls on the Autism Spectrum), but we aren’t going to delve into that in this article.

This question basically asks, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I am not going to placate this parent with the standard, “God chose you for this child.” While God did look down the corridor of time and saw this happening and He can strengthen us to go through these situations there is a much more simple, albeit colder, answer to this question.

With this question we must first realize that there are no good people in the world anymore. This ended at the Garden of Eden when man left God. Thereby sin marred the entire creation and nothing is as it should be. Romans 3:23 tells that all of us have sinned and fall short of God’s standard which is perfection, this why He made a way through Jesus Christ to come to Him to begin the process of repair. We must remember that the cross of Christ is not the end, but the beginning, this world, and our bodies, are still marred by sin. Our hope, however, is in the resurrection that is promised to come later. So without spending too much time here let us continue.

Technically the question is why does bad things happen for no reason or why do decent people suffer? So let us focus here a minute shall we. Remember what we said earlier, that sin entered into the world and nothing is as it should be, not genetics, not morals, ethics etc. I thought about this long and hard and came across Matthew 5:45 which states that it rains on good people and bad people alike.  To borrow a story from a writer I like, *Matt Slick, he talks about a grenade that is thrown into a crowd, some people get hit and others don’t. Some people get bad stuff happening and others don’t. This may seem cold but sometimes the truth is the truth.

Now this leads us to the next logical question. Why doesn’t God stop it?  (1) Man was given free will and Adam and Eve used their free will to turn against God and mess up the creation. God setup free-will and He doesn’t violate it. So here we are in the predicament (like I said earlier, simple answer but a cold one for sure). (2) Also, who makes the decision that it is bad? Using our example, when all is said and done would I change my son’s Asperger’s Syndrome? I don’t know, I can’t answer that because to change it would make him an entirely different individual wouldn’t it? Sure it is frustrating and heartbreaking at times, but I love who he is and it is a part of him.

In a more general sense of this question the answer could be that what may be bad for one person may not be bad to another person.  The more we look at this question the deeper we go and the more mind-boggling it becomes.

So we come to an inescapable conclusion that sin entered the world and bad things happen. The bad things are not what we should focus on, but how we respond to them. Does it make us better? Or bitter? Do we trust God to see us through the storm? Or do we look at the storm and fall into a pit of despair? God says to trust Him and He will give us the power to walk on water like Peter did. The key is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, so we don’t drown in the middle of storm like Peter almost did when he took his eyes off of Jesus.

While I know every bit of what I said is true it sometimes doesn’t make it feel any better, but knowing it and getting my eyes back on Jesus is what I must do in order to walk through the storm. God says in Romans 8:28 (KJV), “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So I know that ultimately God will make me better through these trials and will use me to help others going through them too.

What do you think? Constructive comments and questions are always encouraged.
____
*Matt Slick is an author at CARM.org (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry)