Category Archives: Evil and Suffering

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? A Wrap-up

(9 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) Over the past several weeks, we have explored three broad reasons that bad things happen to good people.  First, the law of consequence says that even … Continue reading

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Our Counterattack – Prayer and Faith

(8 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) In Mark 9:14-29, we have a story of demon-possession that includes a long conversation between Jesus, a distraught father, and the disciples.  As Jesus returned from the … Continue reading

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Under Attack

(7 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) If Satan is the author of evil and his plan includes harming believers, how do we rightly evaluate the bad things that happen to us?  That is, … Continue reading

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The Dark Enemy

(6 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) When the pain we experience seems capricious, random, or unexplainable, I believe that rather than blaming God, we need to recognize we have a powerful, dark, … Continue reading

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The New Testament Picture of God

(5 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) When you picture God in your mind, what image do you see?  Because God is so unique, so holy, so multi-faceted in His attributes, there are … Continue reading

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Our Response to God’s Training Program

(4 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) When the author of the book of Hebrews lays out the reasoning behind God’s training program for us, it is designed to help us not “lose … Continue reading

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God’s Training Program

(3 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) In Hebrews chapter 12 we are introduced to God’s training program for His children.  The author begins the chapter with the example of Jesus “who for … Continue reading

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Three Answers from the Bible

(2 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) The Bible gives three broad reasons for why bad things happen to good people.  First is the law of consequence.  Poor choices in life lead to … Continue reading

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

(1 of 9 in a series on “Why do bad things happen to good people?”) Another topic addressed in the book of Hebrews is the philosophical conundrum, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  The Hebrew believers were facing severe … Continue reading

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Joining the Fight

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (I Jn 3:8).  And I believe Jesus calls us to join Him in this work.  So rather than throwing our hands up with … Continue reading

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Destroying the Works of the Devil

One of the crucial distinctions to make in our understanding of suffering and evil is the difference between the error of calling God the author of evil and the truth that God is in the business of turning evil into … Continue reading

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The Author of Evil

Consider these passages from the New Testament: “And behold, there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all” (Lk 13:11).  After … Continue reading

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The Dark Power

C. S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity, “One of the things that surprised me when I first read the New Testament seriously was that it talked about a Dark Power in the universe – a mighty evil spirit who was … Continue reading

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The Problem of Evil

Point three in Dr. Ruth Tucker’s categories related to walking away from faith is “disappointment with God regarding personal and widespread suffering.”  This is not surprising as the problem of suffering and evil has challenged our view of God and … Continue reading

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