Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

By Jared I have often been asked, “If God really exists, and He is really as great as the scriptures say, why does He let so many good people suffer and so many bad people succeed?” It’s a good question. The scriptures seem to make it so simple: If you keep God’s commandments, you’ll be blessed; if you break God’s commandments, you’ll be punished. Why, then, does this not seem to hold true when you look around the world? There are a number of answers to this question. None of them make the...
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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Part II – Your Own Actions

For any new readers, or for those of you whose memories are as short as mine, a couple weeks ago I wrote a post introducing a discussion on why bad things happen to good people. In that post I divided the causes of our woes into three exhaustive categories. The first category is our own actions. This may be dissatisfying to some people for a few reasons. First, if the "bad things" are due to our own actions, doesn't that imply that we're not necessarily "good" people? Second, when bad things ...
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