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By   •   July 20, 2016   •   Topics:

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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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77 Comments

  1. Monika Pattillo says:

    Very helpful.

  2. Peggy says:

    Does God allow bad things to happen or cause them to happen? Or perhaps both? Thank you.

  3. Clayton grise says:

    I’ve had so many bad things happen to me, I just don’t understand what’s going on. I lost my mother in 2013 and then my father two weeks later, I find him in full-blown dementia. I have fought prostate cancer- 78 doses of radiation therapy and now I might have colon cancer. Why is God doing this? I don’t blame him, I just don’t understand.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Clayton,

      You aren’t alone in your struggles. Sometimes suffering makes us feel angry or bitter, and we don’t always understand God’s timing. But we should remember that He didn’t create evil, and His plan was not for us to suffer. He is a just, merciful and loving God who gave humans free will when He created them.

      But because we are imperfect and sinful, we experience evil, unfairness and hardship. Even so, God can bring good out of bad situations.

      We encourage you to pray for your situation. We often think that the only way God answers prayer is with a “yes.” But “no” and “wait” are also valid answers. God doesn’t always give us what we want, but He knows what He’s doing. What we are asking in prayer might not be what’s best for us, even if we don’t fully understand it. (Romans 2:11 says, “God does not show favoritism,” so don’t think He cares less for you than someone else. He calls each person unique and valuable.)

      God might not give us an immediate answer to our prayers, and sometimes our prayers are answered in a way we fail to recognize. We pray for prosperity, and sometimes financial stress is given. But our souls are made stronger in the process. We pray for health, and affliction is given, and we are better able to sympathize with those in affliction. We might question God’s wisdom, but He makes no mistakes.

      God knows you by name and cares about you. Talk to Him like you would talk to a friend; be honest about your feelings and know that it’s OK to express your emotions. Ask Him to guide you.

      In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

      Lamentations 3:22-23 also says, “For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

      Walking closely with God, through reading the Bible on a daily basis and attending church/other Christian fellowship can greatly encourage you.

      Have you ever made a decision to receive Jesus Christ into your heart? You can talk with someone online at PeaceWithGod or call 1-877-247-2426 to speak with someone by phone. We encourage you to take this step and we will pray for God’s wisdom in your life.

      God bless you!

  4. Clarence says:

    Why does sickness happen to us when we took care of our bodies the best we could?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Clarence,

      Here is Billy Graham’s answer related to your question: My Answer

  5. TB says:

    I still feel that God hates me. Abnormally bad things keep happening to me and I can’t take it anymore. I have reached my breaking point, to where I am constantly crying because I can’t handle anymore. I thought God won’t give you more than you can take, yet here I am crying because all of this misfortune. And also, those that commit suicide can no longer take it anymore, so God allowed way more than they could handle? I am so confused with religion right now, I don’t even know what to believe anymore.

    1. Amara says:

      I don’t know you, but I know that God loves you and I get it that you are confused, BUT even though you think that God gives you more then you can handle, God knows that you CAN handle whatever you are going through… Keep praying and he will answer you. It may not be on your own time, but he WILL answer you.👏🏼👏🏼

  6. Carla says:

    I need prayer. Thank you!

  7. James says:

    I rather God take my life than allow me to go through what I’m going through.

    1. Malorey Davis says:

      God has a plan for you. I know you probably hear that all the time, but it’s true. He has a reason for you to be on this earth, and once you’ve fulfilled your purpose, he will call you to heaven. He has a cause for why you’re going through what you are. I know it may seem like nobody can hear you and that he’s not listening to you, but just know this; He knows what you’re going through. He knows that you need help. But you need to realize that no hurt is too big for god. Hang in there!!! God will help you soon enough, you just need to trust him.