Have you ever had someone challenge your Christian faith by saying something like, “If Jesus is god and savior, why doesn’t he save or answer me when I need him?” Or maybe it was a string of questions like, “If there is a god, why do people die of hunger in the world?” “Why are there wars and murder?” “Why didn’t he keep me from all the evil in my past and that is happening right now in my life?” “Why would a supposedly all-powerful, all-knowing, always-present god allow bad things to happen to good people?”
All of these type of questions are really just asking the same question, “If God is REAL, why is he allowing (this) to happen?” “Why doesn’t God seem to care?”
We are all tempted to ask questions about God’s presence in our lives. But the Bible narrows in on our expectations of God and exposes a critical truth. Instead of starting by pointing the finger at God, you and I should start by pointing at ourselves and recognize this deep spiritual truth about life as we know it. ALL people and the world are infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). The Apostle Paul made this clear when he wrote in Romans 3:10-12, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
The Word of God teaches a much different and much better question for each one of us to ask, “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Despite the evil of the world, the wickedness of mankind, and the sinful nature of every person who sins against God in thought, word, and deed, God STILL loves us all! Our Lord God, Jesus Christ, loved you so much that He died on the cross to take the full penalty and punishment of your sins away (Romans 6:23; John 3:16; Romans 8:1). He did that so that you could one day leave this sin ridden world and spend eternal life forever with Him in heaven. Until then, God could rightly challenge you and me, “If your love for Me is real, what are you doing to prove it?”
Evil may come upon us in this life, because we live in an evil and sinful world. But we see the goodness and love of God, our Savior, as a light in this dark world. Those who love and trust in Christ, the Savior of sin, the Word of God in the Bible gives the confidence that He uses every evil thing that happens out for our eternal good (Romans 8:28). While the Bible certainly uncovers the shameful sinfulness of mankind, it also reveals the undeserved goodness of God our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:6-11)
Now that’s good news. No question about it.