It is too easy to make God responsible for everything that happens; both good and bad. In one breath, Christians like to say God knows all and controls all. In the next breath they want to say that God does not do the bad things. It seems someone is misunderstanding something.
Of course no one can give the definitive answer to this question, because we really do not know anything beyond what the Bible gives us. Any answer you get will just be someone’s opinion. There are many opinions in the world; what was that someone once said – as many opinions as there are …? Well, anyway, you get the picture.
Believing the traditional arrangement, God is good and Satan is bad, tells us right there that God does the good things and Satan does the bad things. Many people do not look this close and many of them do not give Satan his just dues. Some people also say that, if God is so all-powerful why doesn’t he prevent those bad things from happening?
One thing that really helps me when I begin looking at those questions that seem to not have an answer is for me to put them in current day situations. Thus, my potential reasons, my opinion, for why bad things happen to good people.
First let’s set some foundational rules;
1) God is the most powerful being in our imagination
2) Satan is no chump – he is pretty powerful as well
3) Satan constantly tries to recruit God’s strongest followers
4) God has given Satan realm over the earth
5) God does not give us more than we can tolerate
With those things in mind I would like to offer a suggestion, an opinion, as to why bad things happen, understanding that God is not responsible.
Satan approaches God and challenges him with “I bet I can tempt one of your followers until they break down, deny your presence and come to my side.” God responds with; “That may be, but I don’t believe you can.” Satan then requests permission to go after a particular follower with all he has. God allows this to happen because he has faith in his follower.
Satan throws his all at that unaware follower; job loss, bankruptcy, foreclosure, personal illness, family death, divorce; the follower is just barely stumbling forward. This is a test for the follower. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Give thanks for your blessings “in all circumstances.” The result is either the follower succumbs to Satan, or he stays the straight and narrow.
That follower has just endured some of life’s greatest challenges. God did not give the follower those bad things; he simply allowed Satan to throw them at his follower. He had faith the follower would endure. God was not responsible for what happened to that follower, Satan was. If the follower is successful in his resistance, God will step in. God will reward the follower with a successful come back.
I know that sounds pretty simplistic but that is what it is meant to sound like. Break down the most complicated of issues into everyday situations and it will be much easier to understand.
God is not ready to make everything on earth perfect just yet. We have the Armageddon to go through and many other challenges and trials. God has to purify the earth before he can make it his new home. Bad things will continue to happen to many, if not all, people. God is not responsible for those things, Satan is.
God wants only the best for his followers, that is why he is spending so much time on our New Jerusalem. The day will come when all Hell will break loose; and I mean that literally. Hell will be given reign over everything and everybody. Then, God will step in and clean things up.
God is indeed most powerful; I know that through faith alone. I cling to that belief because I want something more after I finally leave this world; God promises that for me. Give God credit where credit is due, but please resist blaming him for something you don’t understand. If you really cannot understand why God would do that to you then chances are he didn’t.
Don’t underestimate God’s primary nemesis, Satan. He is indeed very powerful and he will wield his power to win you over in whatever way he thinks your weakness leans.
No, God is not responsible for everything!