Note: First, let me clarify something. There is not actually such a thing as a “good” person(See Romans 3:10-12). But, to the world’s way of thinking, you are good if you aren’t a serial killer, bully at school, a con man, etc. You get the picture.
Now that we have that cleared up, let’s get on with today’s post. This week, my best friend’s grandfather passed away from cancer and he went to be with the Lord. My parents have known her family for a long time, so we’re practically like part of their family. I liked her grandfather a lot as he had a humorous personality and was very kind. So, I was pretty sad too when he passed away. And, it made me wonder why he died. After all, he was a strong Christian. We’d also been believing for his healing of cancer. I also understood that it isn’t God’s will for those to be sick. So, if he was a Christian and it wasn’t God’s will for him to die, why did he? I have chosen to provide two different answers to this question. The first type of answer will have to do with suffering in this world, such as poverty in other countries, etc. The second will have to do with death. Because I’m not very good at coming up with satisfying answers, I left this job to Google and I was very happy with the one that I found. I will leave you the original link to to the website at the end of the answer provided below.
Side note: I do realize that this answer is not from a Christian website, but a Jewish site, and from the Old Testament. However, the answer(s) provided seemed to be adequate
Are you sure you want an explanation? Do you really want to know why the innocent suffer? I think not. You are far better off with the question than with an answer.
You are bothered by the fact that people suffer undeservedly. As you should be. Any person with an ounce of moral sensitivity is outraged by the injustices of our world. Abraham, the first Jew, asked G-d, “Should the Judge of the whole world not act fairly?” Moses asked, “Why have You treated this people badly?” And today we still ask, “Why G‑d, why?”
But what if we found the answer? What if someone came along and gave us a satisfying explanation? What if the mystery were finally solved? What if we asked why, and actually got an answer?
If this ultimate question were answered, then we would be able to make peace with the suffering of innocents. And that is unthinkable. Worse than innocent people suffering is others watching their suffering unmoved. And that’s exactly what would happen if we were to understand why innocents suffer. We would no longer be bothered by their cry, we would no longer feel their pain, because we would understand why it is happening.
Imagine you are in a hospital and you hear a woman screaming with pain. Outside her room, her family is standing around chatting, all smiling and happy. You scream at them, “What’s wrong with you? Can’t you hear how much pain she is in?” They answer, “This is the delivery ward. She is having a baby. Of course we are happy.”
When you have an explanation, pain doesn’t seem so bad anymore. We can tolerate suffering when we know why it is happening.
And so, if we could make sense of innocent people suffering, if we could rationalise tragedy, then we could live with it. We would be able to hear the cry of sweet children in pain and not be horrified. We would tolerate seeing broken hearts and shattered lives, for we would be able to neatly explain them away. Our question would be answered, and we could move on.
But as long as the pain of innocents remains a burning question, we are bothered by its existence. And as long as we can’t explain pain, we must alleviate it. If innocent people suffering does not fit into our worldview, we must eradicate it. Rather than justifying their pain, we need to get rid of it.
So keep asking the question, why do bad things happen to good people. But stop looking for answers. Start formulating a response. Take your righteous anger and turn it into a force for doing good. Redirect your frustration with injustice and unfairness and channel it into a drive to fight injustice and unfairness. Let your outrage propel you into action. When you see innocent people suffering, help them. Combat the pain in the world with goodness. Alleviate suffering wherever you can.
We don’t want answers, we don’t want explanations, and we don’t want closure. We want an end to suffering. And we dare not leave it up to G-d to alleviate suffering. He is waiting for us to do it. That’s what we are here for.”
Link to the original post: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/622117/jewish/Why-Do-Bad-Things-Happen-to-Good-People.htm
My thoughts: This is not the only answer as to why bad things happen to good people. Another could be is that we live in a fallen world ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God. And that God has given us free choice to do as we please. Because of this, there is evil in this world, as some have chosen wrong, thus resulting in the deaths of innocent peoples.
Here is the second question and answer:
Question of the Week:
I don’t understand. Why do the good die young? I have lost a friend who was the best person I know. And I can think of plenty of not-so-good people who are living it up. Where is the justice? Can you make any sense of this upside down world?
Let me tell you a story.
Where is the justice?A great debate once raged in heaven. It was over a most beautiful and precious new soul that G‑d had created. The angels debated what should be done with this soul. One group of angels demanded that this soul remain in heaven. “She is too pure, too holy to face the ugliness of the lowly world,” they said. “Who knows what will happen to her in a world of temptation and evil. This soul must stay with us here.”
But the other group of angels said the exact opposite: “Indeed this soul glows with a unique divine glow. But for that very reason she must go down to earth. For imagine the beauty and goodness this soul can bring to a dark world. What good is there in keeping such a soul in heaven? Let her descend to earth and shine her light there.”
And so they argued back and forth, each side unshakable in their view. Until it became clear that they could not resolve the issue themselves, they needed a Higher Authority. The case was brought before G‑d Almighty. The angels stated their arguments before the heavenly court. G‑d listened to the two opinions -the first group of angels arguing that this unspoiled soul is too holy to be plunged into the lowly world, the second countering that the world needs such souls more than anything.
And this was G‑d’s response:
“Indeed, it is sad to send such an immaculate soul into such a dark world. But this is My will. I only created darkness so souls like this one can transform darkness into light. The whole purpose of creation was that the lowly world be refined by the good deeds of mortal human beings. This cannot be achieved by souls in heaven. It can only be achieved through souls in bodies. And so even this most perfect and pure soul must descend to earth.”
The first group of angels, who requested for the soul to remain in heaven, were disappointed. They couldn’t fathom how such a spiritual being could be expected to survive such a physical world. G‑d turned to them and said, “As for your request to keep this soul up here, I will grant it partially. Though she must leave us and go down to earth, it will not be long before she will return to us. Her sojourn on earth will be brief. Such a brilliant soul will not need long to fulfil her mission. Soon she will be free to come back to heaven.”
Every day that she is on earth is a blessingG‑d then turned to the second group and asked, “Are you satisfied with that? Do you accept that this soul can only be on earth for a limited time?”
The angels replied, “Yes we do. Every day that she is on earth is a blessing.”
When a loved one passes away, we feel we have lost something precious. We are left with a gaping hole in our heart, and we often wonder why they were taken away from us. But at the same time we can be grateful for the very fact that they were given to us in the first place. We are blessed to have such beautiful souls in our lives. The world is privileged to have such heavenly guests come down on earth. And even if it can only be for a short while, we will take whatever we can get.
In time all souls will be reunited. In the meantime, let us be thankful for the gift of every day
My thoughts: Again, there could be more than one answer to this. For one, someone could die young because of their eating habits or maybe their time on earth has come to an end.
This is definitely, by far the longest blog post I’ve ever done on here! But, I hope you enjoyed it!
Link to the original post: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1388654/jewish/Why-Do-Some-of-the-Best-Die-Young.htm
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