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Is It God’s Will For Us To Get Sick?

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Question From A Student

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question-mark.gif QUESTION: Is it God’s will for us to get sick?

This is kind of a continuation of last week’s question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”. I got asked these types of questions the most. We all wonder about this stuff sometimes, especially when either we or a family member or friend is sick or hurt.

God is sovereign. All that means is that God is powerful or “mighty” over everything. He has the power to do literally anything that He wants. Amazing thought, right? The problem is that we in our human minds can’t comprehend that. We are finite. Naturally the result of trying to think about what all that entails causes us to come up with questions.

That means that God can do either of two things:

1. He can directly CAUSE something to happen.

2. He can passively ALLOW something to happen.

 For example, God caused the creation of the perfect, sinless Adam and Eve, then He allowed them to rebel against Him. He did not cause them to sin and He certainly could have stopped them, but He chose not to for His own purposes and to bring about His perfect plan. God knew that if He “caused” them to stay perfect, then Adam and Eve would have no true reason to love God. Love requires the “choice” to love. Make sense?

The sin of Adam and Eve brought every type of evil to the earth – both moral evil (sin), and natural evil (sickness and natural disasters etc…). The word “evil” literally means to perverse something that was originally good. In the case of sickness, illness is a state where good health is missing.

When Adam sinned, he condemned all of humanity to suffer the consequences of that sin, one of which is sickness.

“Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. 21 All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children,  including the new bodies he has promised us.” Romans 8:22-23

Even though we live in a cursed world, God still uses that pain oftentimes for good. The gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are loaded with situations where Jesus used sickness to reveal the fact that He truly was the Son of God.

When illness does come, it may not be the result of God’s direct intervention in our lives, but is rather the result of the fallen world, fallen bodies, and poor health and lifestyle choices. God wants us to do our part to be healthy. Either way, God oftentimes uses our sickness to teach us something.

I can think of countless situations where through sickness and hardships, people grew closer and closer to God, and it changed their lives for the better.

So…Sickness is definitely the result of the Fall of man into sin, but God is very much in control and He DOES often determine how far evil can go (just as He did with Satan and Job’s trials (Book of Job) —Satan was not allowed to exceed those boundaries). He tells us He is all-powerful about fifty-six times in the Bible, and it is amazing to see how His sovereignty dovetails with the choices we make (both bad and good) to work out in a perfect plan.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together F35 for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

For those who are Christians and are suffering with illnesses such as cancer etc…, the knowledge that they can glorify God through their suffering tempers the uncertainty as to why He has allowed it, something they may not truly understand until they stand in His presence in eternity. At that time, all questions will be answered.

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

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 QUESTION FROM A STUDENT

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question-mark.gifQuestion: How can God allow bad things to happen to good people?

This is going to kind of be a re-post from last year when I got asked the same question. This question has been one of the most asked questions that I have ever received.

This is one of the biggest questions that people have about all of Christianity! If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t he stop “innocent” people from suffering. Even further, why doesn’t He stop Christians from suffering? I am only going to be able to barely scratch the surface on this blog post, but will re-visit this in the near future.

Here are some facts from the Bible to help understand more about us and God:

- In Genesis, God created all things “good”. (Genesis 1:31)

- God did not create evil. (Romans 5:12)

- God created man sinless, but with the freedom to “choose”. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:15-17)

- With the freedom to choose, comes the freedom to make right and wrong decisions. He gave us the choice to either obey or disobey him.

- God wants us to TRULY love Him, but He knows that forced love is not TRUE love. We must CHOOSE to love Him!

The bottom line is that God could intervene (after all, He IS all-powerful) in the world by forcing us to love Him, but that would make us merely robots without a choice. Unfortunately, throughout history we have made many poor choices. Often those wrong choices bring about consequences that end up hurting ourselves or other people, sometimes innocent victims who didn’t deserve it. I can do everything in my power to do the right thing, but be driving down the road only to be hit by a drunk driver. That driver’s poor choices would have led to me (the “innocent” guy) getting hurt.

Sometimes it looks as if there is no justice in the world. Just turn on the news for five minutes! CS Lewis has said that over 80% of the worlds suffering is a direct result of the evil of mankind. The Bible does say that God is a God of justice. Life in this world is only temporary and every single person will stand before God one day to answer for the things we have done here on earth, both good and bad. Hebrews 4:13 says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account”.

God will often use the trials we go through to teach us valuable lessons and to make us better Christ followers. God is working in us even when bad things seem to be happening! Sometimes it is the trials that we go through that brings us to God! I will blog more about this angle in a later week.

So, why do bad things happen to good people? Because we live in a diseased world full of sin! Sometimes there will be situations that come up that are hard to explain, but we have to remember that God loves us and cares for us. We need to be able to say to God, “I don’t know what to do in this situation but I know that you are God, and that you have my best interest in mind, so I’m going to trust you!” We live in this world for now, so we have to constantly battle the affects of poor choices.

The good news is that a time is coming when there will be no more suffering for those that accept Jesus. In heaven, God has created a place of eternal glory where there will be no more crying, pain, sickness, or death; a place where people will share his joy forever. One of my favorite verses in all of the Bible says, And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

I’m not surprised by seeing or hearing what is going on in the world today! We reap what we sow! That is as an individual and as a country.

Another question that can be asked is, “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Hmmmm.

I read a quote somewhere recently that said, “This world is the only hell that believers with experience.” I thought that was interesting. What do you think about that statement?