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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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What I am exploring today may at first strike the reader as cold and unfeeling. If you bear with me, you will see the direction I am going.

Why do bad things happen to good people? It is debated in every generation. The question, and the manifold experiences evoked, is a heavy topic. Some who ask are deeply suffering, with genuine confusion. Others find it a ready argument to dismiss any consideration of faith. When I hear the question, I have a counterintuitive response. Through the challenges God has allowed in my life, my answer has become another question. I ask myself, why not? I do not mean this as a cynical attitude. It is quite the opposite. The why not can be a door into the deeper meaning of our existence and profound purpose in our difficulties. Rather than thrusting the why not as a weapon toward others, it is something I must first ask myself.

Living in a fallen world full of sin, evil, imperfection, and consequences to so many circumstances, hardship is inevitable. The …