I’ve been asked why I opted for a heroine who is an ASL translator and who has a deaf son. While it is true that nothing happens outside of the will of God–He is not surprised by anything that happens but He is not necessarily the cause of it. A great God is able to do anything He wants, and thus He must enjoy watching people suffer. Are there and bible verses that can help to understand why God puts bad things in your life, or that everything happens for a reason? Political games can be deadly… Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. He allows trials and suffering because He hopes that it will purify our witness that we will become more like Him. The same things happen to a good person as happen to a sinner. Christians have the ultimate answer and hope for the problem of pain. Next time you’re approached by a person who’s hurting due to illness, death, circumstances, or a natural disaster, point them to God’s Word. It speaks in stories and images, and tackles this thorny issue in more ways than one. If God is so good, why does He allow suffering and pain? God is able to use our pain to do good things. But God doesn’t stop there, like the parent in this scenario, He uses the bad things that happen to us as a life lesson. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Read the full affiliate disclosure. Thanks for stopping by. By evolutionary estimation, 99.9% of all the species that have walked, swam, or flown on Earth are now extinct. God allows bad things to occur, but this does not mean that God wants bad things to happen. In a lot of ways, this book seemed more like a cozy than a true mystery complete with bumbling cops. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8–9). My friend shared many stories of how she “eavesdropped” by reading lips and learned much about people and how they reacted to issues, enough that it led her into her career field today—a counselor, specializing in providing therapy for the hearing impaired as they live in a hearing world. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 2) Bad things happen to good people, but God uses those bad things for an ultimate, lasting good. When bad things happen you may be tempted to ask, “Where is God when you need Him? When many believers are asked this question, they freeze, not knowing what to say. But He didn’t stay dead—He rose victorious, defeating sin and death, and now He offers eternal life to all who repent and put their trust in Him. God used them for good. So, if this the case, why should we help the old, sick, infirm, and disabled? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2–5). In the book Dead Silence by Robin Carroll, the main character had a son who was a deaf-mute. When this happens, we sometimes wonder, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”. Now, in the evolutionary tale death is the hero of the plot. Are we living in those days? Her love for her son—willing to do anything to protect him is a mother’s instinct I relate to so well, having three daughters and two grandsons. God’s Word never promises Christians an easy and pain-free life. While I’m a Louisiana girl at heart, I reside in Little Rock, the capital city for Arkansas. There are many examples in the Bible of bad things happening to good people. You're almost done! Your email address will not be published. In the biblical view, death isn’t a natural part of our world; it’s actually an intruder and an enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26). I’m getting so excited for the release of my thirty-fourth novel, DEAD SILENCE. Then she later sees the news report that her mother-in-law has been shot and killed. She works in the courts as a sign language interpreter. The Bible says in Romans 3:12, “All have turned aside. Like these characters, we have to figure out where we fit into the big picture. We become people who can point others to Christ. Jamaicans like to say “wha’ nuh kill, fatten”. Now let’s picture a parent who has repeatedly told their child not to do a particular thing–for example, run in the house because there could be undesirable consequences like falling. Mar 31, 2020, 08:30 EDT. Know God–for much of the story, Elise didn’t have anything to do with God as she was still angry at Him for the losses she had experienced over the course of her life. Many of these creatures died in the supposed five major extinction events, each of which is assumed to have killed at least three-quarters of the species on Earth at the time. I love Hallmark movies. They happen to those who are good and to those who are evil. One of the most common questions believers and unbelievers alike ask is why a loving and all-powerful God would allow bad things to happen. Our struggles have the ability to tear us down if we let them. That is the hope of every believer no matter what we are going through. In order to have the good news of the gospel, you must have the bad news of Genesis. They can only do so by being inconsistent with their own worldview. In nature, the weak and ill die off and the strong survive, passing on their good genes to the next generation—this is how evolution supposedly progresses. As much as parents probably wish they could control the behavior of their children to the minutest detail, every child has free will–just as the parents do. There are many bad things that happen in our lives that too often people attribute to fate or destiny. But it’s different when bad things happen to “good people”. Elise Carmichael is a lip reader. 15 Uplifting Bible Verses For When You're Feeling Sad. Did the parent cause the child to fall? But with Elise’s story comes a cautionary tale–if our sense of self causes us to do bad or irresponsible things in the name of the “greater good” it’s time for a soul-check. To claim a standard for good and bad, they have to borrow from a different worldview—the biblical one—to define what good and bad even are. Today, it seems like there’s nothing but bad news. Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Bad things happen because of sin. "> There is none who does good. Your newsletter signup did not work out. Since Bill and Hilary Clinton lived here and claimed it home before Bill was President, we have many political plans and posturing here. The beautiful thing about God is that He is not untouched when we suffer, God is with us even in the midst of our suffering. When bad things happen, we want answers. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.