Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People – A Christian Perspective

by Jack Wellman on November 20, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why do good things happen to bad people?  What is the purpose of suffering?

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? 

The first thing I could say about “good” people from a biblical perspective is that no one is really good but God.  Even Jesus said to the young, rich ruler, in Matthew 19:17, “Why do you call me good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” Jesus plainly means that only God is good.  Romans 3:10 shows that no humans are good but God alone, “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

Now if we refine the question to why do bad things happen to Christians, then this makes it easier to find answers and obviously answers that make sense will be found in the Scriptures.  There are storms that every Christian endures in this life.  These can be said to be storms of correction, storms of perfection, storms of direction, storms of reflection, and storms affection.  Let me explain.

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People

There are storms that every Christian endures in life.

Storms of Correction

Ecclesiastes 8:17 shows that many times we will not know why we are going through sufferings: “then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.”  Further in Ecclesiastes 3:17, “I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”

I would recommend all of Ecclesiastes chapter 8 for the “why” of suffering.  In chapter 8 verse 6 it reads, “For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.”   God is the perfect parent and as you will see in the subsection of “Storms of Affection”, He corrects every son and daughter that He loves.  No discipline is equal to no love.  Where a parent corrects their child they show that they care about the child.  When God corrects us, and He does every child of His, it is because He loves us.

Jesus rebuked most of the churches in Revelation (chapters 2 and 3) except the Philadelphia church.

In Ephesus they had forsaken their first love.
In Pergamum they needed to repent.
In Thyatira they had false prophets.
In Sardis they had fallen asleep.
In Laodicea they were lukewarm.

Jesus rebuked or corrected them but He did this in love and He was not going to forsake them despite their many imperfections.

Storms of Perfection

Hebrews 10:32-36 reveals that suffering or “bad things” yield in us great rewards for the future: “Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.  So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Hebrews 5:7-9 shows that, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”  Not that Jesus needed to learn obedience because He lived a sinless life, but we are being perfected in our sufferings.

First Peter 4:12-15 reveals the work of suffering, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”

Storms of Direction

When Gold is refined, it takes up to seven times to have it refined to complete purity.  The way gold is refined reminds me that we are the gold and God is the Refiner.  Gold is heated up to extreme temperatures which allow all dross (impurities) to be burned away.  The closer the gold is to being purified, the more the refiner sees his reflection.  The refiner knows when the gold is completely refined when the refiner sees his reflection perfectly. Do you see the implications?  When the gold (us) have had all the impurities (dross) burned away (by suffering), then the gold (us) reflect the Refiner (God).  So suffering makes us reflect God in our lives and we are growing in perfection although not yet perfect.  God’s sovereign hand is always leading us, guiding us, directing us to something better, whether we see it or not.  Sometimes He is directing us to our knees.  At other times He directs us to repent.  Yet at other times He directs us to depend upon Him.  And sometimes He directs us away from something that would hurt us.  He will not leave us to ourselves…He loves us to much to do that.

Storms of Reflection

First Corinthians 10:13 reminds us that, “No temptation (literal Greek is “testing”) has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted (again, “tested”) beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted (“tested”) he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” When we suffer testing times in this life, He wants us to rely on Him.  We can not endure in our own strength so when storms of life come, and they most certainly will, they make us reflect upon our own life and our deep dependency on God.

Romans 8:28 is a time honored and godly principle that all suffering will yield the best possible results: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  We can reflect while we suffer on the fact that even the bad things that happen to us can have good results.   In Romans 8:18 Paul understood “that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Storms of Affection

I am a father and a grandfather.  When I corrected my children I did so out of love and affection.  The opposite of love is not hate – it is indifference.  God loves us and He corrects us because of His perfect love for us.  In Proverbs 3:12 it says, “because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”  God equates discipline with love.  And since He delights in us (Psalm 37) He corrects us.  When I corrected my son for playing too close to the street, it was because I loved him and didn’t want him killed or hurt.  My correction was swift and sure because I delight in my son and all my children.

Hebrews 12:6 essentially says the same thing, “because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”  Punishment is not indiscriminate.  It is because we are His sons and daughters – because He loves us.  If He didn’t discipline us, then He wouldn’t really love us and we really wouldn’t be like a son or daughter to Him.  He is our Father and any good father disciples those children whom he loves as it is written, “And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you” (Heb 12:5).


Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

Psalm 73:2-3 “But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

Psalm 73:12 “This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.”

Ecclesiastes 9:2 says “All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.”

Ecclesiastes 9:11 “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise nor wealth to the brilliant nor favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”

Psalm 73:12, “till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.”  and Psalm 73:27  “Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.”

When good things happen to “bad” people is a very hard thing to understand.  Let me say again that none are really good but God (Matt 19:17) but it is really hard to understand why people who are dishonest and criminal in behavior still prosper. Even the wisest man who has ever lived (save Jesus of course) couldn’t understand the ironies of life saying in Ecclesiastes 8:14 “here is something else meaningless (puzzling) that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.” That is something that is hard to understand: “the righteous get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve.”  But in the end, as Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 8:12, “Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him.”  He is saying, in the end, God will serve justice.  All will give an account to Him on judgment day.  Either as rewards from the Lord and King, or from their final Judge at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20).


Why Do Bad Things Happen at All?

John 6:44 reveals that “bad things” may be God’s way of drawing us to Himself.   It is a fallen world.  Ever since Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden, God has left man to decide for himself good and evil and the results have been catastrophic.  Creation groans under the travail of sin and corruption waiting to be restored when the children of God are born to eternal life (Rom 8:22).

Solomon’s conclusion on suffering and on bad things happening to good and bad people,  “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night— then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it” (Eccles. 8:16-17). In other words, God does not tell us everything about why we go through certain things.  He is sovereign. He is working all things out in His own way.  It is God’s prerogative to tell us what we need to know and withhold those things that are none of our business.

A very bad thing will happen to all who do not know Jesus Christ some day and a very good thing will happen some to those who call Him Savior.  Either people will be eternally separated from God forever or they will be with the Lord for eternity. Choose today whether you will be with Jesus and have Him be your Lord and Savior – or reject Him and have Him be your Judge and Jury.  Today is your day of salvation.  All things will be good some day – all suffering, pain, heartache, and all tears will one day be wiped away forever.  Choose life and live (Acts 4:12).  That is my prayer for you.

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Rindom November 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Thanks for the message. God will keep on strengthing you in Jesus name.

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Jack Wellman November 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

Rindon, Thank you so much my friend. I appreciate such positive words. May God richly bless you in your walk with Him.

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Marc Allen November 25, 2011 at 2:15 am

wow this is very good publishing. a plan is not a plan until GOD says it so.

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Jack November 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Mr. Allen, thank you sir for your comment and for visiting the website. I appreciate your edifying comment my friend. Amen to the plan of God….my plans are likely to blow up in my face, but when God plans something, even though it appears to be not what we expect or like at first, He knows best. I wonder if Job could have asked this question that is in the title?

Thank you for your comment and for visiting us as well as adding to the discussion my friend. May God richly bless you in your walk with the Lord.

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kwaku May 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Wow Jack I’m only 13 but I’m trying to learn as much as I possibly can about the Lord. I want to be more like Jesus. I’m a little bit scared about the judgement day things though. I’m also scared that I won’t make it to Heaven. I just pray and hope I will. I will make a promise to myself to pray everyday and be more like Jesus. May God bless you Jack. Thanks for posting this once again you really helped me.

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Jack May 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Hello Kwaku. Thank you young man for visiting us and for your comment. Please allow me to tell you that you do not have to fear. Salvation is a matter of believing that Jesus was and has always been God, that He came to earth and was born as a human thru the virgin Mary, that He lived a sinless, perfect life, that He died to have God’s wrath that rightfully belonged to us onto Jesus at the cross of Calvary. He was raised on the third day and is at the right hand of the Father now in Heaven. Now, if you believe this, you can place your faith in Jesus to have the ability to save you, trust in Him for what He said He would do (John 3:16), repent of your sins, ask God’s forgiveness, and then you will be saved. If you have believed in, trusted in, and placed your saving faith in Jesus Christ right now, then you have no fear at all and have received the gift of eternal life and are saved for eternity. Please, please, let us know if you have made this decision right now. For more on how to come to saving faith in Christ, visit this link below or click on the link at the top of this webpage where it says “Come to Jesus”:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

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kwaku May 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Mr. Jack I’ve already accepted the Lord. Thanks.

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Jack May 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Awesome knews Kwaku. Good to hear. See you in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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kwaku May 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Is the Judgement Day stuff true?. Is the world really going to end?

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Jack May 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

The world does not end but this age does. Judgment Day is absolutely real…and not my opinion but in the word of God. Read Revelation 20:7-15 to see just how real it is Kwaku.

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Ken May 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Thank you for the article. I have a neighbor who has been battling ovarian cancer for almost 2 years. The doctor told the family to begin end of life planning just this week. I forwarded your article to them hoping it will give them comfort during this very stressful time. God bless.

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Jack May 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Wow Ken. What a compassionate neighbor you are. Ironically I am starting on a devotional called “Who is my Neighbor?” and you have shown me that you are living out the Greatest Commandment to love the Lord your God and to love your neighbor as yourself. I am so honored that you could find such a worthy purpose for this my friend. Your high calling by God is showing in your love of your neighbor. Thank you sir for making my day. May God richly bless your love and you show that love is a verb…its what you do.

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Jaida May 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I am trying to have self restraint from doing anything that seems sinful. If I do something like thinking bad, mean, or bad thoughts, but pray to Jesus, and God to help me stop, how will I know when I’ve been given some power over my sins by God, and the power of Christ?

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Jack May 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Jaida, you already have the power of the Holy Spirit in you. We will never stop sinning completely but stop and pray to Jesus when you feel tempted to sin and He will help you. I urge you to read this article called “How Can I Overcome Addiction and Sin in My Life?” which will go into more depth on how to use God’s power to overcome sin at this link:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

Thank you.

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Jaida May 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

Thank you Jack. God bless you.

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kathryn pudivitr June 13, 2012 at 4:49 am

In reference to the question ,”Why do bad things happen at all ?” or “Why would a loving God allow evil at all?” if you think about it for a minute…..God has given us the freedom to choose ,God wants us to choose to love and obey Him and had he not allowed evil into the world , there would be no other chose. God wants us to desire Him, seek Him, worship Him, build a relationship with Him, fall in love with Him , and choose Him……think about it. Would you be satisfied with a bunch of robots as your spouse and children and family and friends with no real relationships? God allowed satan to come and tempt us to test our love and loyalty to Him, He loves us enough to give us the freedom to choose to love Him or love satan but He also lets us know the cost or reward for our chose before we make our chose. common since will tell you , eternal life in heaven is the prize not burning in Hell , so if your passion is not for Christ , noone is to blame but ourselves . we know that if we love our spouse and want them to love us we most be loyal and honest and not cheat on them because of our desires. If we love God we will respect and obey His commandments as a testament of our love for Him. We cant exspect Him to want us if we dont want Him.If your spouse spent all their time and attention with someone else and onlycame to you when they needed something from you would you allow that?…of coarse not , you may forgive them and always love them but you would wouldn’t want that kinda relationship…. anyway I hope everyone understands what I’m trying to explain……I’m head over heels in love with God above and I will spend every moment of my life fighting to win His eternal love for me and all His creatures..in Jesus’ name I pray!

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Jack Wellman June 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Mrs. Pudivitr, you nailed it spot on the mark my friend. Yes indeed. If we were robots, we would not have the capacity to love God as free moral agents. You have a firm grasp on it indeed, and that is what I was attempting to say but I believe you said it so much better than I did. Thank you so much.

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ashley July 14, 2012 at 5:27 am

what I don’t understand is …. I was engaged to someone who was amazing, always did anything for anyone, accepted the lord, was healthy as could be and his mother (my ex mother in law was a born again Christian) n his little 20 year old sister passed away on Easter (she was a very good person too and also accepted the lord into her heart) n she passed away on Easter by choking in her sleep (well we found her on Easter.. was in the hospital all day on Easter n passed away around 2am the next day (Easter night) ) n I was also going to church with her n my mother in law on Sunday’s (because I’m catholic n wanted to learn more about the Christian faith) then a few months later (October 6th, 2011 to be exact) my fiancé passed away by a stroke n choking on his food (he was 26yrs old) n I don’t understand y god would take a born again Christians only 2 children away from her… she went to isreal a few months after he passed which was a few months ago but I don’t understand it ….n that’s when I stopped going to church… if god loves us n briana (my Sis in law who passed n frank my fiancé) why would he take them from us and/or from a mother whom those were her only 2 children n the 2 of them I loved with all my heart ?!

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Jack Wellman July 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Hello Ashely. I could never hope to explain all that God has in mind and in His purpose on this earth with mankind. I look at Job and see that he had lost everything…..family, wealth, and even his wife despised him and told him to curse God and die. God never told Job the why of suffering. But today we know that Job is with God and can ask Him face to face. On this side of eternity we can only see thru a glass darkly. That fact that Jesus was totally innocent, yet took the wrath of our sins upon Himself was the most unfair thing that ever happened. Yet we know that His desire was to rescue us and redeem us…to restore us to fellowship and a relationship to God. And by this selfless act, we can have eternal life where one day there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears. I do know that God wants to people heaven too…but I can not answer what I do not know but someday we can ask Him ourself, face to face.

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JD September 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I recently became good friend with a couple that has gone through a very sad time. Their first born died two days after birth, the second child is healthy and their third became very ill at the age of 18 months that resulted in severe brain damage. The child is 4 years old now, and can’t do anything for himself. He needs to be looked after 24/7. As a result of all these things, they stopped believing. I am a Christian and would like for my friends to turn back to God as well, but I am not sure how I should approach this. I don’t want to put them off or try to force anything on them, as I know some people have done that before and it had the opposite effect of what they were hoping for. To be quite honest, I also struggle with especially understanding why bad things happens to children. I would really appreciate your thoughts on how I should approach this situation, and your understanding of the reason children are sometimes the ones that suffers so much. Thanks.

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Jack Wellman September 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

JD, I am so glad that you care about them. What a tough road they have traveled and still yet continue to endure. Sometimes the best thing we can do is nothing…just pray and sit with them and weep. This is what Job’s friends did at first. Job lost all of his children, his entire crops, his entire cache of animals, livestock, sheep, donkeys, and camels. He lost it all and even his wife told him to curse God and die…so really, spiritually, he lost his wife too. Yet Job was not being punished. Jesus suffered more than any other single human has ever suffered and he was completely innocent. Children, by the way, who die at an early age, the Bible indicates, go directly into the presence of the Lord so they are in a better place by far. God allows for suffering to draw us closer to Him. Suffering will make us better or bitter. The choice is how we handle it. If we live with the end in mind, like our eternal home in heaven, it can make us endure more.

As for what to tell your friends. Just love them, pray for them, do things for them, and just be silent because God is working all things out according to His own purpose and I can not even fathom what that purpose is at times (Rom 8:28) but we suffer today but it will pass away in the a faded memory some day (Rom 8:18). I would not know what to tell them…except I am so sorry for all your grief…for all your loss, for all your suffering. That is about all you can do for truly, only God can change a human heart (Prov 21:1). All we can do is be a faithful friend and trust that God is working all things out for the best (Rom 8, Psalm 37).

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JD September 4, 2012 at 2:58 am

Thanks Jack – that really helps to put things in perspective and sounds like the best thing for me to do right now. I will keep on praying for them, crying with them and be as good friend as I possiby can. I trust that at some point God will turn their hearts, and that they will start experiencing His love, grace and comfort once again. Maybe even to a greater extent than before.

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Jack Wellman September 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

JD, thank you for being such a good friend. That is what Jesus would do if he were in your place. Remember when Lazarus died? He didn’t say anything to the family…He just wept with them. Sometimes the most important things we can say are those things that we don’t say. I too pray that God will turn their hearts back to them. God alone can change the human heart (Prov 21:1) but we can pray for them. Also, just a thought here…perhaps God is going to use them for a powerful ministry on how to endure grief and suffering and death as a way to witness for Jesus Christ on how to endure just unbearable suffering. Just a thought. Thanks for caring for these folks. I have prayed for them just now and I thank God that there are Christians like you who have a broken heart for the brokenhearted.

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Jess Simpson November 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Well, you have certainly provided some helpful points in regards to Christian suffering! For me this is such a relevant topic and I’m always encouraged to hear a fresh perspective! There are some more thoughts which you might find helpful to your personal study of Christian suffering at http://alivewithchrist.com/whydochristianssuffer/

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Danielle January 1, 2013 at 3:56 am

Amazing article! I’ve lived through quite a few traumatizing events starting at be age of 14 and that’s actually when I knew God was very real. Throughout high school I was heavily into drugs because I couldn’t face the reality of my life. I am now 21 years old and fully accepted Jesus into my heart about 6 months ago and became completely sober and it was so easy because of the grace of God. I still sometimes have to fight my past but as for me sometimes the hard part is remembering that I don’t have to fight alone anymore. I have a weapon now (bible) and a lord and savior to protect me. Although I may not like the out come of some of the events in my past I’m glad I went through them, they lead me to where I am today. Reading this article reminded me of this. God is good!

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Mr A Cotton March 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I am confused when God says he will not let you endure more than what you can bare,and God says that he finds you a way out.
I think I was born to suffer,and just lately I am screaming out to God,Jesus,and the Holy Spirit to help me bare this,because I can`t cope with the sin that plagues me.
Since God opened my eyes,and I landed on this site I had no bother when I was a Catholic.
I have been consumed looking at myself under a microscope,and i don`t like what I see. This sounds contradictory,because I am glad that God has opened my eyes,and I accept this. Can you tell me Jack in the bible if this is what Jesus said to Thomas “To Doubt So Much You Must Want To Be Certain” Has you know I live by myself,no friends,no communication with other people. I have to go into hospital to get a lump removed from my Jaw this Tuesday 26th March. God has just tossed a lance and pieced my heart while typing this. It might be that I am all stressed out has above mentioned.
The good thing from this is I haven`t gave in,this must be due to the Holy Spirit keeping me up.

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Jack Wellman March 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm

My friend, Anthony. Please know that you are not alone in having doubts. The quote about Thomas “To doubt so much you must want to be certain” I do not know where this comes from but it is not in the Bible. Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen Me, you believe. Blessed are those who haven’t seen Me and yet believe.” That would be you and me and all other believers.

Let me say that Job didn’t have the luxury of having read the book of Job. He didn’t know that God called him a righteous man and allowed Satan to buffet him. Job lost all of his 10 children, all his livestock, all of his wealth, all of his health yet he still didn’t curse God and die as his wife suggested. The lesson is that this side of heaven we will not know what purposes God has in our suffering. In our suffering, we are learning to rely and depend upon God which is what He wants. We are being refined as gold is as the fire burns off the dross. If you are not suffering I have heard said, then you may not be in the faith.

Please know that you do have SOME friends. Robert and I. You are not alone. I will pray for your surgery on the 26th my friend as I keep a prayer list. Know that I will be praying for all to go well. The Book of Job shows that ALL Scripture is intended for us and not just the New Testament. Please don’t stress…take comfort in the fact that on that day there will be prayers for you in your behalf my friend.

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Mr A Cotton March 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

When i finished the post I new God answered my prayers,and the Holy spirit,and Jesus. They were all there for me,because I felt like God had tossed a lance,and pieced my heart. The burden lifted,and God made me understand this.
Yes you are right about Jesus,and Thomas. I could not bare this this suffering,and God is right,because he shows you a way out.
That`s the difficulty Jack learning to rely on God,and depend on God which is what He wants. The hardest part is to ask God to forgive you when you have just sinned,and thats when Satan comes. I read some ware that God sent an angel down to help Jesus when Satan tempered Him when he said “know man can take on the sins of the world”. This must have been the hardest suffering that Jesus had,because i thought just of my sins,and that was hard but to take on all of the worlds sins no the wonder Jesus sweated blood.
The way you put it Jack I am beginning to understand.
I read your posts,Roberts,and Derek`s,and I learn from them when you reply to other`s. Thanks Jack for your guidance.

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Jack Wellman March 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hello Anthony. I know that I deserve no credit for if God had not revealed His truths in the Bible, I would no nothing and for this reason, all the glory, honor, and praise belong to Jesus Christ and Him alone. I am glad He can use someone like me to help others. Your words are encouraging my friend for often, I get more persecution from other Christians than from atheists and agnostics.

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Mr A Cotton March 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Yes Jack i can fully understand you having more trouble with Christians than the other`s.
I have just had a word with Robert about this site in brief.
If it wasn`t for you Jack,Robert,and Derek you are true Christians,because through these people, the three of you are still respectful to these people,but they still don`t seem to see that you can still debate something without being disrespectful.
That`s what was happening on this other site before God dropped me off here. They were trying to be better than each other with bible quotes. Has i said to Robert,You,and Derek I have learnt a lot from you pointing me in the right direction.
I think it`s about two years now I have been on this site,and I know I would not find another site like this.
When I go into hospital tomorrow I know they have a chapel there so I am going to ask to see if I can get a Lay person to come to my house. I am glad God chose the Three of you together. You make a good team,so just keep doing what you do. I am proof that what you teach you have stopped me from going the wrong way. God Bless you Jack.

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Jack Wellman March 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Anthony, you are on my prayer list for tomorrow my friend. Praying that the outcome will exceed your and the doctors expectations and that the answer to my prayer will glorify Jesus’ name. May God richly bless you as well my friend and brother in Christ. I pray the doctors are well prepared, the nurses are well rested and the anthesiologists are clear-minded in doing their duties. Pleaes let us and me know how it turns out as soon as you can, with me being aware that it might take some time before you can go home and respond via Internet again.

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Mr A Cotton March 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for your email Jack.
Everything went better than I expected I asked God to make everything to go well. It went better than expected,everything I asked of God he answered,and more. I said to you that i would see a chaplain so asked the nurse,and she tried four times,and was very apologetic I said that`s ok.,and something in my head(God I Think)said “You” go and see about it? The door was open,and i heard voices I said is there anyone there. The Chaplin popped his head round the door,and he said what can I do for you. I explained to him Jack what you said about being alone,and that it must be bible teaching. He said have a seat,and he introduced me to his colleague. She asked what area I lived in,because we are hospital based hear all the time.I told her my circumstances,and she that`s ok we will get in touch for you,and ask the vicar,he is a really nice man,and we will see if there is anybody that can do this. The vicar said there is bound to be a layperson that he can get for you for this,but he said if not I will contact another one.
He said do want me to do all the contacting for you I replied “Yes” He gave me his card,and said it will be after Easter.
Don`t worry he said i am fully aware of what you are seeking.
When are you going to be discharged, I said tomorrow if everything goes according to plan. He said right i will contact you after Easter to see what comes up. I thanked him and left.
I have just come out on the 7th March about 2:30pm. I hope you can understand this email,because i am still feeling Groggy and on medication. Yes God definitely answered your prayers Jack. He must have heard you loud and clear thanks for your prayers Jack.

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Jack Wellman March 28, 2013 at 11:35 am

Anthony…I praise God that He brought you out of this for it was in Jesus’ name we I prayed and so that His name alone would be glorified. I did nothing. He did it all. Thank you Jesus for bringing Anthony safely out of this surgery and to you we both thank you and give thanks to you. You are better to us that we deserve.

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Mr A Cotton March 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Everything went according to plan. The icing will be put on the cake if the Chaplin gets a layperson to come to my house.
I am still feeling a bit sore,but thats nothing compared to the last time. I have to go back in two or three weeks for the consultant just to check everything is still ok.
Thanks for your prayers Jack.

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Rob April 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Hi Jack,
My 17 year old son is facing a misconduct charge at work and has been suspended pending an investigation. I believe God has allowed this to happen as a way of correcting my sons Christian life and drawing him closer to him as he does not always follow God as closely as he should. It is not certain what the outcome of this will be, but it could be dismissal and the situation does seem hopeless. He knows he’s messed up and is full or remorse. We are actively praying for the Lords help and intervention and are trusting in him for the deliverance of our son through this trial. We would value your prayer support that it would be GODS WILL that my son wouldn’t lose his job.

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Jack Wellman April 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Thank you for your comment and prayer request Rob. You are right…God often uses trials as a way to humble us and to make us see our need for God’s intervention. Even if a job loss occurs, He can use this to His glory also for if things cause you son to be broken and in need of God, that is a good thing for God can not fix what is first not broken. Nevertheless, I will pray for him but above all, for God’s will to be done in his life as God knows better than I do what is best for your son, which is also His son (that is, if your son is a Christ-follower). If he is not a believer, perhaps this will make him reconsider.

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Robbie May 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hello I’m 34 yrs old, and still searching and trying to find meaning in my life, I want it to come from the direction of my heavenly father but sometimes I feel like it is to late for me.
I recently moved away from my hometown 34 yrs I decided to leave my confront zone my roommates job upon request from another Coworker had him come to help, to make a long story the move was not easy money was not on our side we had some struggles and due to the fact that I was not working cause my certification was not valid in the state we move to, so it was one income till I got on my feet,now with this move and the struggles we endured the individual who requested his services ended up throwing him under the the bus to save here job now I can’t totally blame her but I have heard their phone conversation and she basically was calling him on how to do her job shes the boss but couldn’t handle her job but when the big wigs came down on her she threw him under the bus.
But wat really upsets me is that she knew between working and finding residence in the new state traveling from one state to another till he found a place was hard, paying 4 gas hotels,motels and not once this. Company accommodate any expenses. And it has been hard these past mths now we living in a town & state don’t know a soul and both out of work, my question is how a person can be so inconsiderate & evil knowing the sacrifices someone made to help you its a larger company they could have sent him elsewhere, bu she had him fired from a job he had for seven years!
I believe in God but sometimes I don’t understand how cold hearted people do things and it seem they get away with it and sometimes. I wonder why GOD or we up root ourselves from confront just to be in a strange town and fail! its been horrible here, sometimess I feel. Like God is punishing us I know in my heart he’s not, but I just wonder sometimes. Is it to late 4 me or my roommate has GOD turned his back on us why are we having such a horrible time, and I know God is watching over all of us but why are we having such bad luck we only been here 4 months and its been a horrible experience! I have friends. And family who left home and having joys it seems but its like something wants us to fall ,I was taught not to ever question God’s work but why is he allowing this?

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Jack Wellman May 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

Robbie, I am so sorry for all this heartache. I believe that these who did such a thing are going to regret this if they are not saved they face the wrath of God because eventually, no one will get away with anything (Rev 20).

Although St. Paul uses the cross as his point of
departure, he also underscored its connection with the perfection of Jesus’ hum an nature and our salvation. Consider his insightful reflection on Jesus’ agony in Gethsemene and where he submissively offered the priestly sacrifice of himself to the Father:

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and begin made perfect he
became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him
being designated by God a high priest after the order of
Melchizedek” (Heb 5:7-10).

St. Paul also drew on the Greek version of Psalm 8:4-6 to highlight Jesus’ human nature and his suffering on our behalf:“[Jesus]was made a little lower than the angels [in his human nature], crowned with glory and honor b
ecause of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one. For it was f
itting that he [the Father],for whom and by whom all things exist,in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer [Christ] of their salvation perfect through suffering. … For because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able tohelp those who are tempted [to sin, discouragement, and despair]” (Heb 2:9-10, 18).
Suffering was not an academic subject with St. Paul. It was an experience he tasted ending with his martyrdom. Once he was scourged with 39 lashes, three times he was beaten with rods, and he was stoned once. He suffered shipwreck three times and faced drowning adrift in the sea for anight and a day. The Jews who wanted to kill him hounded him across the Roman Empire, and false brethren betrayed him (2 Cor 11:24-28). St. Paul acknowledged, “weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities” (2 Cor 12:10).

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and when we suffer we can comfort others by saying “I understand what you are going thru.”

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Elenita T. Rodriguez May 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

I want the article “Why do bad things happen to good people- a Christian Perspective be sent to my email. I want to have my own copy so that when I need to read it, I will just open my inbox and contemplate on the article. Reading often will retain in my sub-concious mind so its easy for me to share to others. Thank you so much and God Bless!

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Jack Wellman May 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thank you Mrs. Rodriguez. I just emailed this article to you.

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Jill Deel July 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm

None of that explains why my husband of 24 years and two children left me and has filed for divorce with no warning, he was going to do so. He has left me with very little money and a special needs child. This doesn’t just hurt me, it hurts her? What lesson do I need at the expense of a 16 year old kid who has emotional troubles and will not go to school. How does she benefit from more emotional turmoil? I’m a Christian, but I just don’t understand why this is happening to me, and to a kid who did NOTHING to deserve it.

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Jack Wellman July 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Hello Mrs. Deel,

I am so sorry for all your adversities. God has not revealed all of the purposes on this side of heaven. I can not explain, most certainly. I know that Job lost all of his children who died, he lost his home, he lost his animals, he lost his servants, he lost everything he had…..even his wife turned on him and he was not to blame. He did nothing to deserve this. God never did reveal to Job why all this happened to him and so I certainly can not. Someday, this will make sense but unbelievers have this happen too and they will never find out why nor will they have any eternal rewards.

I heard about a man who was in bed with his wife one morning a year or so ago, when their teenage son suddenly appeared in the doorway with a gun in his hand. Without a word, he suddenly shot them both. When the mother tried to crawl away, the boy shot her a second time. They were both Christians. Paul certainly suffered too and wrote that “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:3-5) I will not pretend to have an answer. All I can do is say I am sorry.

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