Me ~ We can hear a certain question every day. "So, why do bad things happen" or what some ask, "why does God let bad things happen?"
John ~ God
does not let them happen. But, because of original sin, God knows that bad
things will happen and yet He can turn them around for good...for His
good which is for all our good. This, we may not, from the perspective
of this world, understand. What we know is that God suffered far more
than anyone has or will ever have. Jesus Christ came into this world to
show us that the only escape of this fallen world with all its sin is
death. God gave us free will, and He acknowledges our choice and He
allows us to experience the outcome of our choices, trouble and
suffering is part of that.
Effectively, we are blessed
even when bad things happen. How? When we give ourselves to Him,
trusting in Him that good will ultimately reign when the bad things
happen, then we are blessed. Trusting in Him to turn things around for
His glory which is ultimately ours. We know this to be true as His Word
Me ~ Now, someone can say, "Well, my brother
never chose cancer or my son never chose to be killed in a car
John ~ Our remote ancestors Adam and Ever made a decision that
affected every person born since then as well as nature itself. We put a
curse on ourselves and the world because we choose to disobey God, the
curse is 'corruption' which means that the world is now operating in a
way that it was never intended to.
Cancer is a result
of this world because our body is not able to function in the perfect
way that it was intended to. An accident is also the result of our being
in an imperfect corrupted world.
Me ~ Did Jesus's coming
really change that circumstance as in create an 'out'...?
John ~ Yes, by
accepting Jesus' as the new Adam a new kind of man as in 'reborn' (God
in the flesh - born to die and be resurrected) we are able (being born
again -baptized) to be changed on the inside with the expectation of the
outside being changed soon along with the restoration of the earth and
nature as it was before the fall of man.
This world is
a fallen world. Jesus reminded us that though we are in it, we are not
of it- John 15:18. In Him, we overcome this world, through death of
this world and resurrection in Christ.
Me ~ What
about prayer, don't some people pray and actually experience miracles?
John ~ Yes, that can happen. We can call on the Holy Spirit to help us overcome
this world and ask if that is God's will that a person remain with us,
he/she will be healed; because, by God the Holy Spirit's intervention
His Will / His Glory will be revealed and recognized. And, sometimes,
God shows another way to overcome this world and that is through death
which is also His good as such it also reveals His Will/Glory arriving
at the same result... which is "...he who has the Son has life; he who
does not have the Son of God does not have life."
born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome
the world... anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in
his heart. And, this is the testimony - God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does
not have the Son of God does not have life." 1 John 5