Originally posted by 281R
Why do bad things happen to good people? Especially Christian people?
Wanted to know what everyones thoughts were on this subject?
Let the discusion begin!
First off I want to say that God doesn't make bad things happen to people. Because, I hear people say that God will make someone sick or give them problems to help put them on the right track.
A good example is Paul. Many people think that the "Thorn in his side" was really a thorn. The "Thorn in his side" was a figure of speech. Example: That guy is a thorn in my side, because he always makes things harder for me. The Bible says Paul went to God three times about his thorn in his side and God said his Grace was sufficent. The thorn was accually pursecution. Paul went through alot of problems. He was stoned, beaten, whipped, thrown in prison (unjustly), shipwrecked, ect. Each time something would happen bad to him he would come out of it Glorifying God.
People think that once you become a Christian you won't have anymore problems. But, it is quite the opposite. You will have more problems. The people that aren't saved and are walking in sin the Devil doesn't have to work on them as much, because they aren't a problem. But, a Christian is going to get the works. The Devil will come at you every way he can. If he can't get to you directly, he will try to go through a friend or family member in order to get to you.
Though we may get more problems. God pulls us out of them. God always makes good out of bad situations. Plus, the problems become smaller to us as we grow in our faith. So something like a large debt might terrify a nonbeliever. But a true believer knows that God is going to pull them out of it.
I think that saying "good people" is kindof a hard word anyway.lol Because we have all fallen short and nobody is perfect. Though I get what you are saying. I think sin in general causes these problems. Wether it is a sin that you did that put you in a certain situation. Or a friend, family member, or an enemy that did. Reguardless it was an unwise choice somebody made that caused the problem. God gave us choice. He is not going to do something to harm us for any reason. But reguardless of what your problem is, it's never to much or to little for God to handle. It just takes faith in God to take care of it.