Why do bad things happen?

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January 1, 2012
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Our life on Earth is just a small part of God’s plan for the happiness and eternal salvation of us, His children.  He wants us to be happy and to succeed, but He will never force us to do so.  We have been given agency, or the ability to choose, how to live our lives.  This is one of the greatest gifts God has given us.  Unfortunately, that also means that bad things might happen to us because of others’ poor choices.  That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us, though.  We are held accountable for our actions and expected to repent when we do something wrong.  God sent His Son to perform the great atonement so that we can be forgiven and live with Him and our families again after we die.

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3 Responses to “Why do bad things happen?”

  1. Bus

    This age old question puts an awful lot of responsibility on God.  I guess that’s comforting for us mortals because we can blame someone else for all of our faults.  While we want to blame God for all the bad happening in the world, I seldom hear much in the way of praise for all the good in the world…that we tend to take credit for.

  2. Emily

    I’ve found it comforting to know that God is aware when bad things happen. We can’t always expect Him to stop them from occurring, but we can know that He will judge people according to their deeds. 

  3. Bradley

    Bad things happened to Christ too. Lots of bad things. So when we ask God why we had to go through stuff he didn’t, he can say “I did”.