God, Why Do “Bad” Things Happen?

The earthquake in Nepal, the deliberate plane crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, 9/11, the relative who was diagnosed with cancer, the friend who died in a fire, the horrible boss, mean professor, financial woes, difficulty finding a partner, or simply a bad day: it feels like “bad” things happen all the time, from the personal problems we face in our daily lives, to the large scale calamities in this world. The first thing many often ask is, “Why God?”

Like everyone else, I’ve had my share of very difficult times in life, and over time I developed a framework to understand God’s place in all the difficulties. By God’s grace, that frame of mind has sustained my belief in a loving God in whom I trust, but there are unfortunately too many of us who eventually turn away from God when the tribulations we see around us become unbearable, and usually it is because people have a hard time answering the question, “Why God?” (For an accompanying PDF lesson, click here) Continue reading