Why Do Evil Happen To Good People

Underestimating God When something evil is happening it is normal for mankind to go through the five stages of grieving (Axelrod, 2006). Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance are all normal parts of processing a detrimental moment in life. No two individuals will go through the stages in the same time or even the same order yet rest assured that at some point we will all ask: why? As part of our quest to understand our relationship with the rest of mankind and God we will try to find some sort of justification for an act of evil. For some we will ask as we are bargaining with God to make circumstances different for we know God to be all powerful. For others we will ask why as we are denying that this sort of evil does not happen to good people. Either way the question remains: why do bad things happen to good people?
As humans, our understanding of God is
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The problem of evil is the difference between the expectation of the reality that is suggested by God and the reality of our worldly experiences. “But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (Proverbs 1:13). The problem of evil is that we have an expectation that God will provide and protect if we simply follow his will. Yet it is common knowledge that there have been instances where believers have not been at ease or have been harmed. The problem of evil is why do bad things happen to good people? If God is both omnipotent and omnibenevolent and evil stems from going against God’s will then why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God not interfere to protect those who are not going against his will and yet are being ambushed by evil? If nothing is beyond God’s power then why does he simply not strike out the Devil so that there would be no temptation and therefore no evil? Although salvation is promised why does there need to be such unimaginable suffering to the

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