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By   •   June 19, 2006

Q:

If God is in control of everything, why do bad things happen to us? I'd like to believe in God, but I just can't understand this.


A:

I’ve been asked hundreds of times why God allows evil to take place, and I have to tell you honestly that I do not know the answer—not fully. The Bible talks about “the mystery of iniquity” (2 Thessalonians 2:7, KJV)—and that’s what evil is: a mystery.

But let me tell you three very important truths about evil that might help you. First, the Bible tells us that evil does not come from God, nor can we blame God for all the evils in the world. Evil comes instead from Satan, and it entered this world when Satan deceived Adam and Eve and caused them to turn against God. Both evil and Satan are real, and the two go hand-in-hand.

Second, the Bible tells us that someday all evil will be banished. The vast spiritual conflict between Satan and God that has raged from the beginning of time will be over, and God will be triumphant. Someday all evil will be cast “into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41, KJV).

Third, the Bible tells us that in the meantime, God can give us victory over evil. This doesn’t mean bad things will never happen to us—but even when they do, we can know God is with us, and He will give us strength to stand against them. Isn’t it better to face life’s problems with God rather than without Him? No, we may not understand everything that happens to us—but when we know Christ, we know we are on the winning side. Why not commit your life to Him today?

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17 Comments

  1. Truley says:

    Good comes from God. Evil and bad comes from the Satan, The devil makes bad things happen & God makes good things happen. So when tragedy happens in the world, It’s the devil’s work not God’s.

  2. JUSTICE NOBLE says:

    I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND GOD .HE IS PERFECT AND BRING ME TO MY TREASURE AND MORE!

  3. NoHelp says:

    God chooses his favorites and leaves the rest of us to suffer. I believe very strongly in god, I also believe he has his favorites and can’t be bothered with the rest of us.

    1. Merlyn Brown says:

      You are one one of God’s favorites too. Each one of is loved just the way we are and He is longing for you to love Him. Bad stuff happens but He will be by your side through it. If you his child hurts then He hurts with you. So many awful things have happened to me that I wish hadn’t but in the end His justice will prevail either here on earth or in heaven. You are precious to Him.

  4. gdrepair@yahoo.com says:

    My point is her thinking was very sick and I had this too. I learned this in Alanon a 12 step recovery program. It was a place for me to learn to recover from sin and change my thinking to get me where I’m at now. Before I was destroying others to gain in my selfish ways very much like my mother. Controlling judging criticism I was a ruler till it lead to my divorce. I see this more and more than I ever had before now I been thru recovery. Crazy thing is I was only doing what I thought was right and what I thought was loving but I was living to get everything I wanted and if you didn’t give it to me I would make you pay. I called this love and really thought it was. I’ve learned I didn’t know what love was and its God! Not me