Why do Good Things Happen to Bad People? by DwellingWithGod


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									     Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?
       We live in a time in which we can witness every catastrophe, every
calamity, every cataclysm, every disaster, and every tragedy through the media. We
recently heard thousands of people dying in Haiti from an earthquake and now in
Chile. We are constantly hearing catastrophes from around the world through the
media. And through the media we experience the pain and sorrow and suffering
and death that those who the calamity actually happened too.

       But is there an increase in disasters, wars, calamities and things as such, as
we all suppose of the last days? The answer is, No. There have always been natural
catastrophes, calamities, disasters, and tragedy that strike. I don’t believe there has
been an increase of earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, etc. I believe through the
media it takes on a sort of illusion because we can now feel or experience the
world what it experiences at a large scale. One or two hundred years ago we would
only hear about tragic events in our local area. Now, we hear about tragic events
that happen around the world.

       However, there is a built-in judgment through these calamities. In the same
way if you want to be an Alcoholic there is a built-in judgment called sclerosis of
the liver that will kill you. If you want to live in a life of crime there is a built-in
judgment that you could die in shoot out. If you want to live immoral there are
built-in judgments in which leads to death such as diseases, etc. Calamities are all
built-in judgments from God because of man’s sin. Calamities are not God’s way
to single out evil people.

       “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke
13:3, 5) Are the words spoken by Jesus answering Jews from a question of why
Pontius Pilate killed Gentiles who at the same time were trying to worship God
through offering blood sacrifices?

      The Jews theology during this time believed that because a disaster, a
calamity or some kind of massacre as such happened. This was a reaction of God’s
judgment upon a certain group or individual because they must of sinned. They
believed that because it didn’t happen to them they must have been better or more
righteous then the one that suddenly died through the calamity.

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       But Jesus answered to them saying, “Do you think that these Galileans were
worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I
tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

      Now, the big question that many people ask is why does God allow these
things to happen? And why do bad things happen to good people? These are the
questions that echo across the world simply because they do not know how they
stand before a Holy and good God.

      In the book of Job the Bible tells the story of how Job lost all his children
and they were massacred while worshiping God. So the question again arises; why
do bad things happen to good people?

      But the problem is the question that people ask. The real question needs to
be asked is, why do good things happen to bad people? What kind of God allows
anyone to live? For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans
3:23) The truth is we all deserve judgment. We all deserve wrath and eternal Hell.
All have sinned and are under God’s judgment.

       Again, Jesus spoke his own words saying, “No, I tell you; but unless you
repent, you will all likewise perish.” Christ is simply telling us, “Look, you need to
settle your case with God before you get to judgment. Because when you get
before God at the judgment, it is too late. You will be turned over to eternal

       We all know God is Holy and righteous and we know the wages of sin is
death, and we all deserve to die. And indeed we all will die (physically). But God
lets us live, love, laugh, and enjoy all the blessings of life in the full richness. God
is patience and leads us to repentance. “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you
will all likewise perish.” God desires for us to repent. The kindness of God, the
compassion of God, the mercies of God all is God’s desire to lead you to repent.
God is saying it is time to repent. Now is your opportunity, before judgment strikes
on you.

      Repentance is that you need to change your mind about your sinfulness.
Most people think they’re good people that make mistakes. They think that their
good outweighs the bad. This attitude is damning. You need to acknowledge that

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you are in complete ruins before God. You have no escape of just one sin in your
life. You done, finished, you will go to Hell, if you can’t acknowledge who you are
before a Holy and good God.

      Repentance is simply agreeing with God of your wretchedness and
understanding that you can do absolutely nothing about it, you are condemned, and
you are lost. And you need to cast yourself on somebody who can do something for
you in your helpless worthless condition. And there is only one Savior and that is
the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mar. 1, 2010                    DwellingWithGod.com                      By Jay Gheen

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