“Bad” Things and “Good” People

Man cannot seem to wrap their heads around why bad things seemingly always happen to good people. From atheists to believers, there is much debate as to why it seems that even the best of people seem to encounter the worst of situations. The idea itself is a fallacy from a Christian standpoint. I will divulge further.

Christians, we should all know that none of us are good. We all sin and fall short from the glory of God. These are not ideals, but actual excerpts from verse in The Bible. Christ was used, betrayed, beat, and murdered for all the good He did in the world. What makes any Christian any better than the one they worship? If Christ allowed man to bring “bad things” to His life, we should be happy to bear the blunt of whatever mediocre woes blow our way.

In this respect, I feel that more and more Christians seem to be getting soft. Have we forgotten that the first Christians were willing to lay their lives down for what they believed? Paul wrote many of his letters from prison. He was in prison for what he was so open about and was steadfast no matter how bad the incarcerated conditions were.

No matter how bad things got, these Christians were steadfast without questioning God.

Christianity today is not a crime, but it surely comes with the understanding that just because one follows Christ, that doesn’t mean their life will be without trials. An atheist would say that is a red flag and that it adds validity to their argument. To say that God’s allowance of “bad” in the world is proof He may not exist is such a broad stroke of the brush.

We are so use to textbook definitions of what makes a good person good. None of us are good and none of us will ever agree as to what good is. You may volunteer at a food bank, help the elderly, or feed the sick. That’s outstanding. But those are OUTWARD actions, and not necessarily representative of an individual as a person. Need a modern day example? The BTK Killer was a deacon at his church!

Are any of you “Dexter” fans? He works for the police department and he’s a serial killer!

Take a look at the false teachers we have saying they represent the Word of God. They do charities, volunteer time, and do other “good” things but we know they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The point is we can make any case we want as to why or how we are “good”, but ultimately God reads our thoughts and our hearts and knows what our intentions are.

Lets entertain the idea that bad things happen to good people. Would you rather them happen to bad people? In order for us to deem someone a “bad” person, they must exhibit qualities that are harmful to social harmony. That, in turn, implies that their thoughts and acts are wicked in nature. Their reaction to negative events would be much more drastic than that of a “good” person. “Good” people encounter “bad” events so the “bad” people can learn from not only how the “good” react, but what enabled them to get through the situation.

Remember, that in a lot of cases, people we deem as being “bad” have often experienced serious events in their lives that they never pulled out of.

Outside of the former entertainment, when we call someone “bad”, are we not just hiding our own insecurities?

I close with this thought: Society agrees that a murderer is a “bad” person and he is put on death row. He was put on death row by a jury of his peers (or people from society) who are representative of society and see death as the only option. The man is executed and laid to rest. Is not society; therefore, not just as “bad” as the murderer for taking his life and not giving him a chance to be rehabilitated?


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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

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