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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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119 Comments

  1. Jaco Bloem says:

    I have read the past comments, and most people refer to starvation, pestilence, sickness, etc. And then ask why did God not stop this. If you look at the two major commandments, Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Have we really done this?

  2. Jeff says:

    I don’t like truck driving but cannot find anything to pay my bills. I keep coming back to this but don’t understand where I should be. I pray for the right direction but cannot hear God’s voice or figure my career path to take.

  3. Gina R Hendricks says:

    If God is so powerful why can’t he overthrow satan now? Why did he not destroy satan in the beginning of time when he turned on Him? My son is a true scientist and also an atheist, and I am having a difficult time believing in anything God-related because not believing makes more sense. As my son would say, religion and God are self-taught, just like Santa Claus and the Easter bunny. Also that is why this entire world is so messed up over religion. Someone please show me the light because I am not seeing one.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Gina,

      We have passed on your question to our team. Please be on the lookout for an email. Thanks!

    2. Sandy says:

      In 1997 our second son died in an automobile accident. 21 months later, my youngest son, age 14, died – also in an auto accident. It hurt so badly. I was filled with anger and hurt beyond description. I can see why people can become distanced from God and wonder about it all. Read in the Bible, Proverbs 3:5. I also have some precious relatives that are like your son. I believe that I will be with Jesus and my sons one day and I would rather live with this hope. If I am wrong, I have lost nothing. If your son and my loved ones are wrong, they have lost everything. We are praying for you & your son. I also know that if I could figure God out with my small mind, He wouldn’t be God at all. Isaiah 55:8-9.

    3. Betsy Foster says:

      Amen.