After reading in #1 above that Satan, not God, is behind all evil, perhaps you thought, “But isn’t God powerful enough to stop evil acts?” God is indeed powerful enough to stop anything, but He operates under certain laws, which He Himself established, that give humans the choice either to submit to Him and obey His commandments, or reject Him and do evil. God created us to love Him and have a relationship with Him. The relationship would not mean anything if we were controlled by God like puppets. So God has given people the freedom to make choices—and to reap the rewards or suffer the consequences of those choices.
Prov 1:29-33 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD. 30 "They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof. 31 "So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices. 32 "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33 "But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."
2 Thess 2:10 because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Jer 2:17 “Have you not done this to yourself By your forsaking the Lord your God When He led you in the way?
Sometimes we suffer, not because of our choices, but because of others’ evil choices. God will not always protect innocent people from evil people, although He does respond to prayer.
You bring up some good points. I think the number one reason that evil seems more rampant right now is because Satan knows his time is short and he's furiously trying to pull down and destroy as many people as he can.
We cannot afford to let pride stand in our way because then we too can be pulled in to sin and destruction and away from God. Pride always comes before a fall. We must keep our hearts clean and softened before the Lord.
Pride is what caused Lucifer to fall and it is what causes every human being to fall. Pride is the one thing that will always seperate us from God. It's saying we can do it ourseleves, we don't need God. That's the way most of the world is anymore.
Amen! Satan does know that his time is running out! & he does know it's just a matter of time before Christ return! Bad things happen because of mans cold heart towards GOD! & with that said GOD Is allowing Satan to have His way right now!
3Not only so, but we[a] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Thanks ahp;)
Innocent people seem to suffer a lot. Why do bad things happen to good people? And why do so many bad people seem to have it made?
By Opal Reddin
My godly mother was beaten and left for dead by a young prison parolee. Mother lived five more years, faithfully praying for the man’s salvation. Many asked, "Why would God allow such a good woman to suffer such a bad thing?"
God has not given one simple answer that will satisfy everyone, but His Word has given us all we need to know in order to live victoriously (2 Peter 1:3,4). Being all-powerful and all-loving, He absolutely works all things for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Christians are subject to common calamities. If God protected His children from all storms, disappointments, poverty and plagues, people would be tempted to serve Him for selfish reasons, as Satan falsely accused Job of doing (Job 1:10,11). Good people have no insurance against physical death; even innocent children and babies die. Heartbroken loved ones can be comforted by God’s promise that He sometimes takes the righteous one away "from the evil to come" (Isaiah 57:1).
When believers sow to the flesh, they reap bad consequences; Galatians 6:7 was written to Christians. God chastens His children (Hebrews 12:5) to correct wrong attitudes and prevent sin. Paul suffered a painful infirmity, "a messenger of Satan" to keep him from pride (2 Corinthians 12:7).
Fiery trials come to purify our faith (1 Peter 1:7). Tribulation is essential to perseverance, and these produce character, the only thing we can take with us into heaven for eternity (Roman 5:3,4). As believers, we share in the "fellowship of his suffering" (Philippians 3:10). The same world that hated Him hates us (John 15:18-21); all who are godly will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). The sufferings of Christ abound in good people so they can know the comfort God gives. Then — and only then — are they prepared to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-6).
Why do the wicked prosper? Job wrestled with this question (21:7-15). Psalm 73 tells how David’s steps nearly slipped because he was envious when he saw the prosperity of the wicked (vv. 2,3).
Jesus explained why bad people prosper. He said the world loves its own (John 15:19). Satan’s people help each other. From the far-reaching Mafia to local scams, bad people shrewdly cheat others out of wealth (Luke 16:8). Abraham reminded Dives (the rich man) that in his life on earth he received good things (Luke 16:25).
For the present, God allows the devil to be "the god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4). He can give the kingdoms of the world to whomsoever he will unless God overrules (Luke 4:6).
God’s goodness toward the sinner is intended to lead him to repentance; if he spurns God’s mercies, he stores up greater wrath for himself at the final judgment (Romans 2:4,5).
God’s final answer to these questions is in the Cross. Jesus used the ultimate "bad thing" to crush the serpent’s head (Colossians 2:15; Genesis 3:15). Soon God’s people will be in the only place in the universe that is totally free of all bad things; all who follow Satan will have lost all that is good forever.
I was also going to contribute the verses from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, but I see that at least verse 7 is mentioned in the above post. :-)
7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.