Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People

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Evil. There are many different ways to define what evil means to different people. It can be an action, a thought, something spiritual or all of the above. I see it as doing a deliberate act which can cause physical or emotional harm to something or someone. So one might ask the question, if God is all powerful and all knowing, how can that same God allow evil to exist in the world? Most importantly, why do bad things happen to good people? In our textbook it states that “when such questions are raised in connection with belief in God or gods, we may describe them as issues of theodicy, or “divine justice” (Cunningham, pg. 102) The definition for theodicy in our text explains it as being “the attempt to answer questions about the sacred arising …show more content…
There are many reasons bad things happen to good people, a fallen world, bad choices, anger, hatred, natural disasters or occurrences, etc. God intended this world to be free from anything having to do with evil. It all started in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve dwelt, and God told them to eat from all the trees except one. The tree being, the Tree of Good and Evil. God said if Adam and Eve did not eat from the Tree of Good and Evil that they could always stay in the garden and live in paradise on Earth. God does not want to force people to serve him. So God enabled all human beings to have their own free will and make their own choices. If they chose to eat from it, then their eyes would be open which meant they would now know the difference between evil and good. Then Eve was approached by the devil who had disguised himself as a serpent. The devil wanted to be the same as God, but he can’t because there is no other God. Therefore, the devil and a third of the angels were cast down from heaven causing the darkness to become present in the spiritual realm which then can cause someone to be influenced by evil. That is how the devil made his way into the Garden of Eden. Eve ended up eating the fruit from the forbidden tree. In turn, Eve offered Adam to eat of the same fruit, the fruit from the tree of good and evil, which he did eat and thus the origin of sin

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