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Have you ever wondered why "God allows bad things to happen to good people?"

If so, perhaps the following article may answer at least part of that question....But first, take a really good look at this scripture:

Ecclesiastes 9:1 I applied myself to all of this, sifted through it and concluded that the righteous and the wise, along with their deeds, are in God's hands - a person cannot know whether these people and deeds will be rewarded with love or with hatred; all options are open. 2 Anything can happen to anyone; the same thing can happen to the righteous as to the wicked, to the good and clean and to the unclean, to someone who offers a sacrifice and to someone who doesn't offer a sacrifice; it is the same for a good person as for a sinner, for someone who takes an oath rashly as for someone who fears to take an oath.

3 This is another evil among all those done under the sun, that the same events can occur to anyone. Truly, the human mind is full of evil; and as long as people live, folly is in their hearts; after which they go to be with the dead. 4 For as long as a person is linked with the living, there is hope - better to be a living dog than a dead lion! 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; there is no longer any reward for them, because all memory of them is lost. 6 What they loved, what they hated and what they envied all disappeared long ago, and they no longer have a share in anything done under the sun. 7 So go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God has already accepted your deeds.

8 Let your clothing always be white, and never fail to perfume your head. 9 Enjoy life with the wife you have loved throughout your meaningless life that he has given you under the sun, all the days of your futility; for that is your allotted portion in life and in your labor that you work at under the sun. 10 Whatever task comes your way to do, do it with all your strength; because in Sh'ol, where you will go, there is neither working nor planning, neither knowledge nor wisdom. 11 Yet another thing I observed under the sun is that races aren't won by the swift or battles by the strong, and that food doesn't go to the wise or wealth to the intelligent or favor to the experts; rather, time and chance rule them all.

12 For people don't know when their time will come any more than fish taken in the fatal net or birds caught in a snare; similarly, people are snared at an unfortunate time, when suddenly it falls on them. 13 Here is something else I have seen as wisdom under the sun, and it seemed important to me: 14 there was a small town with few people in it; and a great king came to attack it; he surrounded it and built massive siege-works against it. 15 Now there was found in it a man who was poor but wise, and by his wisdom he saved the city; yet afterwards, nobody remembered that poor man. 16 So, although I say that wisdom is better than strength, nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised; nobody pays attention to what he says. 17 A wise man speaking quietly is more worth heeding than the shouts of a ruler commanding fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but a person who makes a mistake can destroy much good. (CJB)

Most of us are quick to blame God whenever things go wrong in our lives, but how many ever remember to thank Him for the storms - the problems, stresses and strifes? The storm, after all, could be His way of teaching us a lesson of some kind, something we need to know that we could never learn any other way. It could be a test of our faith to remind us Who is in charge. Or, it could be a situation He wants us to personally experience so that we can use it to help someone else in the future. Who knows why God allows bad things to happen to us? He's God; He can do whatever He wants!

One thing is for sure: Whether our limited human minds choose to believe it or not, YHWH (Yahweh) has His reasons for the things He does, and whatever He does is always perfect.

So, why do bad things happen to good people? The short answer is, we are in a fallen world. We inherited our sinfulness from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) and since then, God has constantly reached out to "fallen man" to show us how to become reconciled to Him via His Torah which tells us how to live holy and set apart lives - and He even sent us His Divine Son who martyred Himself on our behalf to make it easy on us to become reconciled to God!

(NOTE: Our use of the term "martyr" is intentional because certain "anti-missionary" Jews and their converts love to point out that "G-d never required human sacrifice!" Well, Y'shua wasn't a "human sacrifice" because nobody "sacrificed" Him. He was a Divine Sacrifice who willingly went to the cross/stake. As a human being, He had the choice to obey YHWH or not. As we see time and time again, He CHOSE to obey His Father because He KNEW who He was....)

The thing is, there no easy answer as to why God allows "bad things to happen to good people!" But we can know that YHWH does some of His best work in and through "broken vessels" - those who have suffered and grown stronger in their faith because of their suffering. We must learn to recognize that "bad times" are part of our growing process. After all, where the sun always shines, there's a desert below....

More about Yeshua's sacrifice/offering on our behalf:

We must always remember that, while YHWH sent us His "Son" Yeshua who was "an arm" of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1), Yeshua's death on the cross was never meant to take away Man's suffering; it merely abolished the need for animal sin sacrifices that were apparently implemented immediately after the "fall" (see Genesis 4:1-8 where we see Cain and Abel presenting sacrifices).

Yeshua, our Divine Messiah, died for us! He was sent to earth as a human being with a Divine Nature/Spirit to teach YHWH's people face-to-face about God. He personally experienced strife and suffering and even death - and what's more, He chose to do it! His death on that stake was surely most excruciating. During His ministry He was persecuted; He was flogged, cursed, and spat upon, and His ultimate death on the cross was violent and gruesome. Because of our transgressions, He was pierced through unto death. (Please see Zechariah 12:10). But none of that was designed to relieve OUR suffering....

Isaiah 52: 14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him - his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness. (CJB)

Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (CJB)

Mark 15: 1. And immediately in the morning the chief priests with the elders and with the scribes, all of the assembly took counsel and they bound Y'shua and led him away and delivered him to Peelatos. 2. And Peelatos asked him, "Are you the king of the Yehudeans?" And he answered and said to him, You have said it. 3. And the chief priests were accusing him of many things. 4. And Peelatos again asked him and said to him, "Will you not answer the accusation? See how many are testifying against you! 5. But Y'shua did not return an accusation, so that Peelatos was amazed.

6. Now he was accustomed during every feast to release to them one prisoner, whomever they wanted. 7. And there was one who was called Bar Abba, who was a prisoner with the ones who made insurrection - those who had committed murder in the insurrection. 8. And the people cried out and began to ask him as he was accustomed for them to do. 9. And Peelatos answered and said, "Do you desire that I release to you the King of the Yehudeans? 10. For Peelatos did realize that the high priests had delivered him up from envy. 11. And the chief priests incited the crowds all the more that Bar Abba should be released to them. 12. And Peelatos said to them, "What then do you desire that I do to this one whom you call the King of the Yehudeans?

13. And they again cried out, "Put him to death on the stake!" 14. And Peelatos said to them, "For what evil has he done?" And they all the more were crying out, "Put him to death on the stake!" 15. And Peelatos desired to do the will of the crowds and release Bar Abba to them. Then after Y'shua was scourged, he delivered him to be executed on a stake. 16. The soldiers led him away into the courtyard that was the Praetorium. And they called all of the company of soldiers. 17. And they dressed him with a purple robe, and wove and placed a crown of thorns on him. 18. And they began to salute him with, "Hail King of the Yehudeans!"

19. And they were striking him on his head with a reed. And they were spitting in his face and were kneeling upon their knees, and were worshiping him. 20 And while they mocked him, they stripped off the purple robe and dressed him with his own clothes and took him out to put him on the execution stake. 21. Then they compelled one who was passing by, Shimon, a Cyrenian who was coming from the field, the father of Alexandros and of Rupus, to carry his stake. 22. And they brought him to Gajultha, the place that is interpreted, "The Skull." 23. And they gave him wine in which was mixed myrrh to drink, but he did not take it. 24. And while they were nailing him on the execution stake, they divided his garments and cast lots for them, who should take what. 25. And it was about the third hour when they nailed him to the stake. 26. And the reason for his death was written in the inscription, "This is the King of the Yehudeans."

27. And they executed him on the stake with two robbers, one at his right and one at his left. 28. And the Scriptures were fulfilled that said, "He was reckoned with the wicked." 29. And also those who were passing by were blaspheming against him and nodding their heads and saying, "He will tear down the temple and build it in three days. Indeed! 30. Deliver yourself and come down from the stake!" 31. And likewise even the chief priests and the scribes were laughing amongst each other and saying, "He gave life to others, yet he is not able to give life to himself.

32. The Mashiyach, King of Israel, come down now from the stake that we may see and believe in you!" And even those who were (being) executed on the stake with him were reviling him. 33. And when the sixth hour arrived, there was darkness over all the land until the ninth. 34. And in the ninth hour, Y'shua cried out in a loud voice and said, Eil! Eil! lemana shabakthani, that is "My El! My El! Why have you spared me?

35. Then some of those who were standing there who heard were saying, "He calls to Eliyahu!" 36. And one ran and filled a sponge with vinegar and fastened it on a reed to give him to drink. But they said, "Leave him alone. Let us see if Eliyahu comes to take him down. 37. And Y'shua cried out in a loud voice, and he died. 38. And the curtain of the door of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom. 39. And when the centurion who was standing near him saw that he cried out thus and died, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of Elohim!" (AENT)

John 19: 33. And when they came to Y'shua, they saw that he was dead already and they did not break his legs. 34. But one of the soldiers struck his side with a spear, and blood and water immediately came out. 35. And the one who saw it has testified and his witness is true and he knows the truth. He spoke that you also may believe. 36. For these things happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled that said that, "Not a bone of him will be broken." 37. And again another Scripture that said that, "They will gaze at him whom they pierced." (AENT)

Soldiers nailed His feet, one over the other to a rough splintered cross. Foot joints where the nerves are, were severed as jagged nails entered in. Severe pain was inflicted, as huge rough nails were hammered into tender flesh. Think about how badly it hurts when you bang your shin bone. Not only did it hurt but, in order to keep His lungs from collapsing and cause Him to suffocate, He had to push himself upright on His wounded feet.

Yeshua, who was a substitute for our sins (He martyred Himself, and there is no law against that, nor did it make him a "human sacrifice"), bore the sins of those who rightly deserved the punishment of YHWH. He was the innocent sufferer dying for the guilty. He was suffering for our transgressions. Why did He do it?

Psalm 119:176 says: "I strayed like a lost sheep; seek out your servant; for I do not forget your mitzvot (commands). We are like a flock of dumb sheep that have all gone astray. All of us are destitute of salvation. We all have gone our own self-seeking way. We became egocentric instead of God-centered....

The bottom line is: We are in a fallen world and bad things can happen to anybody. The key is how we react to both, the good and the bad times/situations. Do we immediately whine and cry and blame God whenever things are bad? Or do we act like mature believers who realize we are in a "fallen world" where "stuff happens" and that, no matter what, a better life awaits us in Eternity? Your reactions to life's situations will help YHWH separate the sheep from the goats on Judgment Day....