Have you ever wondered why God allows suffering even though He’s supposed to be all loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful? Have you ever questioned why bad things happen to you even though you’re a good person? Why did God allow an earthquake to happen in Nepal? Why are the riots in Baltimore still happening? Why did (my) friend get raped? Why did (my) parents divorce? Why now? Why (me)?
To be honest with you, I don’t know. But here are some things to keep in mind:
1. God made everything perfect with love. You’re probably wondering, “Why didn’t God make a world where pain and disaster didn’t exist?” Well… He actually did.
“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!”
He didn’t mean for there to be pain and disaster at the Garden of Eden. Everything was literally perfect, but because Adam and Eve committed sin, humans tainted the earth. It’s all our fault.
“For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
Because we committed sin and are still in sin, nature is also paying the price, which is the reason for natural disasters. Earthquakes in Nepal, tsunamis in Japan, typhoons in the Philippines, hurricanes in America, etc. are all indirect results of sin entering the world—all because of that initial sin in the Garden.
Jesus told us that we would experience misery. He didn’t say that life will be sweet like bubble gum and rainbows. He warned us that life would be hard and it will suck. And all this goes back, again, to when we first let sin enter the world. There’s misery and there's pain and depression and hurt because of sin.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
2. Why do bad things happen to good people? At the same time, why do good things happen to bad people? In the bible, it clearly says there is no such thing as a “good person. ”
"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. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
This verse shows perfectly how sin is injected in our nature. Even though in our perspectives we think that we are good because we’re kind and loving and we don’t go around killing and raping people, how many other sins do we commit everyday?
So, on the other hand, why do good things happen to bad people? Why does Justin Beiber have so much money even though he’s such a tool and he doesn’t deserve it? In general, why do these celebrities seem like they have it all even though they’re all messed up?
In our small, human perspectives, we only judge them by what the media lets us see. In reality, though they’re rolling in piles of dough, they are just as broken as we are. Justin Beiber is probably so depressed and desperate for authentic friendships and acceptance. We all are.
In scripture it says that God still loves us dearly despite our sins and our mistakes. All of us deserved to be in hell but by the grace of God, he paid the ultimate price by letting Jesus Christ suffer ON OUR BEHALF. He was beaten, whipped, and mocked. We deserved far worse, but through Jesus Christ we are given eternal life if we just accept him as our savior.