Why Do Bad Things Happen? Essay

1311 Words Nov 29th, 2015 6 Pages
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 both limited and conflicted. We know Him to be both omnipotent and omnibenevolent. However how can that be? If God is omnipotent then he has the ability to prevent evil. “This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself” (Isaiah 44:24, New International Version). Being omnipotent leads us to believe that God should be able to stop or prevent any evil. With evil remaining one might question that God allows evil to happen. Yet we also know God to be omnibenevolent. “This is…

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