Why do bad things happen?
Weekly Bible Study #19
Some of you may have heard about the tornados that ripped through Oklahoma today. While I am fine there were others that were not so fortunate when the city of Moore, Oklahoma was hit hard with a 2 mile-wide tornado according to reports. It ripped through many peoples homes and also completely demolished an elementary school while class was in session.
My heart and prayers go out to those that got hit and especially to the families of the children that may have been injured or worse. Even as I write this a storm is raging outside, but the devil will not stop this week’s message so easily.
So today I want to try to answer a question that may go through many peoples minds…
“Why does God allow bad things to happen?”
One must keep in mind that God does not will these things to happen and looking back to the destruction of Sodom God agreed that if he found only 10 righteous men in all of Sodom he would spare the whole city.
23 And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”
27 Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: 28 Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?”
So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.”
29 And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?”
So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”
30 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?”
So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?”
So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”
32 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”
And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” 33 So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
After looking back to Sodom how can we think that God would have a hand in the major catastrophes that plague the earth in this day and age? If your looking for anyone to blame let it be the devil.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
This next scripture simply mentions that accidents happen.
11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
This is another statement I have seen said multiple times in the Bible.
11 For there is no partiality with God.
God is no respecter of persons. It is unfortunate but these things happen.
1There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
Here we have some people speculating over a disaster, talking about how these people who were killed must have been terrible sinners that they befell such a fate, concluding that it was punishment for their sins. Jesus tells them that these victims were no worse sinners than anyone else in Galilee, and goes on to tell them that they should worry about themselves instead so they themselves don’t perish. He uses the tower of Siloam as an example, asking if those crushed by the tower were worse sinners then others who dwell in Jerusalem