Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? ("Can I Ask That?" Video Series)

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

“Can I Ask That?” Video Series: Session 2 of 7

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
This issue is called the Problem of Evil. And it’s fair to say that Christianity and the Bible must answer it… and it does. But so must every other faith. Human pain is universal. So Buddhism must answer this question. And Hinduism. And Islam. And all other religions.


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But if you ask the question, you may not like the answer you receive, and become an Agnostic or Atheist, then what? Then you get to answer the question yourself—because, if you reject faith, then your worldview has to stand on its own and answer these questions without God’s help.
Thankfully Christianity offers answers to the problem of evil.
The Bible teaches that bad things happen because the world and the people in it, are broken. People are capable of bad motives, bad actions, and bad consequences are often the result.
And there’s the rub—the fact that innocent people sometimes get hurt.
When God made the world, He gave people freedom. Freedom means genuine choices. And those choices may be good or bad. When people make bad decisions, there are consequences. And those consequences are indiscriminate—they hurt people who don’t deserve to be hurt.
And God hates that. It grieves God that people do evil things. But that is not only a natural consequence of freedom—but a necessary consequence. In other words, you can’t have genuine freedom without the necessity that people might choose evil, and its resultant consequences.
For Christians, we learn that IN SPITE OF evil, God has a plan for our good and will ultimately right every injustice we’re subjected to.
God is working out a master plan. It involves the interwoven lives of billions of people interacting in real time on earth, every one of them with complete free will. And as they use their free will, often wrongly, and as Satan orchestrates all kinds of evil in the world. But in the midst of all the apparent chaos, God brilliantly weaves both His global and individual plan for us. And that can take time—because of billions and billions of people doing almost whatever they want.
But God cares intimately about our pain. And ultimately—now or later, God WILL settle the score. He will outwit all the schemes and will untangle all the contradictions. And He promises in His Word that He will either make it up to us here on earth—OR, if we suffer unaddressed injustice, that He has all of eternity to make it up to us. Right now, we see through a glass dimly, but time and eternity will bring resolution, redemption, and reward. And our light and momentary afflictions here on earth are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed within us later on.


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3. Is God Republican or Democrat?
4. Why Do Christians Believe in Such an Old Book?
5. What Does God Say About Sexuality and Identity?
6. Is God Really Violent?
7. Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

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Is It OK TO Ask Hard Questions About Faith? ("Can I Ask That?" Video Series)

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Can I Ask That? Series


Is It OK TO Ask Hard Questions About Faith?

“Can I Ask That?” Video Series: Session 1 of 7

Is It OK TO Ask Hard Questions About Faith?
Life can be confusing. There are times that life doesn’t make sense. Even people who’ve walked with God for decades, people with a truly intimate spiritual relationship, confront situations and circumstances that plague them and that shake their faith down to its very foundations.
If that’s you— meaning, if YOU sometimes have questions, uncertainty, and even doubts, you’re normal.
What’s one good reason that it’s OK to ask hard questions? BECAUSE , in the Bible, we learn that both skeptics, and the greatest men and women in the history of faith asked really, really hard questions.
These include Pilate, Nicodemus, David, Mary, the Apostle Peter, Job, a Philippian jailer, and even Jesus Himself!
So I think it’s plain to see—not only is asking hard questions OK. When you do so, you’re in good company. People who ask hard questions show they’re seeking faith that is GENUINE.
So not only is it OK to ask hard questions… it’s necessary. We must. Not asking hard questions is a sign of cowardice. Not asking hard questions about your faith implies that it is flimsy, rather than indestructible.
Asking questions about faith doesn’t make you weak. It shows you’re strong.


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2. Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
3. Is God Republican or Democrat?
4. Why Do Christians Believe in Such an Old Book?
5. What Does God Say About Sexuality and Identity?
6. Is God Really Violent?
7. Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

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"Can I Ask That?" Mini-Video Series Introduction

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Can I Ask That? Series

“Can I Ask That?”

Recently I was posed a handful of questions by a current Saddleback Pastor, Brandon Bathauer of Saddleback Church’s Irvine South and Great Park Campuses. He asked if I could give a one-minute response on 7 different questions about faith.
Here are the 7 questions in this series:
1. Is It OK to Ask Hard Questions About Faith?
2. Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
3. Is God Republican or Democrat?
4. Why Do Christians Believe in Such an Old Book?
5. What Does God Say About Sexuality and Identity?
6. Is God Really Violent?
7. Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

Follow Along Each Week for Another Installment of This 7 Part Video Series!


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Episode 33, God is Just, Beyond Belief Series Podcast, Session 3

The Count of Monte Cristo is a stirring classic novel surrounding the adventures of Edmond Dantês. Edmond had it all. He was a man of faith, talented, and handsome. Following a long seafaring trip, Edmond is unexpectedly elevated to ship captain and is set to marry the raven-haired beauty, Mercédès. But before they could tie the knot, three unlikely, jealous, and greedy men conspire to have him thrown in jail.To maintain the secret of their betrayal, Edmond is publicized as dead but is privately locked away in the dreadful island dungeon, Chateau d’If.
Believing Edmond has been executed, Mercédès is inconsolable.She is tricked into marrying Fernand Mondego, Edmond’s best friend— the man secretly responsible for having him put away.  Hopeless, bitter, and forgotten, Edmond nearly loses his faith. He is being punished for a crime he didn’t commit, while the guilty parties go free. God seemed nowhere to be found. But Edmond ultimately escapes and, after many years, both he and the evil-doing trio get their just rewards.
Like Edmond in the Count of Monte Cristo, the Old Testament Prophet Ezekiel saw God’s people suffer what appeared to be coarse injustice. But as time unfolded, they came to realize that God is always just—even when life seems unfair.  Join us as we learn more about this important attribute of God that will help you in your spiritual maturity.

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