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Thank God it’s Friday. Hope you had a lovely week ? Today’s topic is a question that has plagued me my entire life. I have tried so hard to reason it out, and make some sense out of it. Then , some weeks back, someone finally posed this question to me. That person is someone who has refused to practice any religion, and sees all religion as a sham, to deceive innocent people. He however told me that he firmly believed in God. When he asked me why God let bad things happen to good people, I was almost speechless and couldn’t come up with any coherent answer.

I mulled over the topic for days and was still not satisfied with the answers I came up with. It just didn’t make any sense. If almost all religions claimed that God is Good , why the does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Why do the innocent suffer? Why do babies go through bad things? Why is there so much evil in the world? Now I haven’t come here to bamboozle you with cold hard facts or spew religious stuff in your face, but I tried to make some sense out of it, and here’s what I came up with;

To start off, I’m not going to place death in the category of bad things. Why? Because death is one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever experience. You’ll no longer fear death, only if you have come to that place , where you realize that life is for fulfilling purpose, doing your part and moving on. It’s a place where you no longer fear death because you have an understanding of what happens after it. It a place where you realize that the cause of death doesn’t matter ,only how well you lived. So I can boldly say , that I am at peace with death because I have come to that place.

But what happens if you’re not the one that dies, but you’re the one who lost a loved on? Yes, that’s a bad thing. The raw pain, the grief, the anger and fear…are almost unbearable. What happens when a girl is raped? What happens when an honest person is duped? What happens when a little baby is molested? These are all good people whom bad things happen to. Why does God allow this to happen? Why does He permit so much evil?  The truth is, God initially created the world to be blissful, free from sin and evil. What went wrong? Sin.  Now, God established the universe based on laws…the law of gravity, the law of sowing and reaping ,  the law of attraction and the law of sin and suffering. That’s the law at play here. It states; for every sin, there is an opposite consequence/ suffering…even when you have asked for forgiveness. Then I can hear you ask, “Well how does that law apply to babies, since they have not sinned?” .The answer to that is, “In sin did my mother conceive me”-Bible . So even babies carry that nature of sin. God respects laws, when it comes to laws, ‘His hands are tied.’

Another reason why bad things happen to good people is free will. God given man the free will to act, think and do as he pleases. So the people who perpetrate these evil acts do so of their own free will, God has no hand in this. Sometimes  , we want to justify the bad things that happen us by saying there’s a reason; truth is, sometimes, there is just no reason. We just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time or simply met the wrong people. Human beings are creatures of circumstance, just like King Solomon said  ,”The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor riches to the men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all”

Finally, there is something called the law of attraction. It states, “Whatever you think about or fear consistently, will eventually become your reality. Sometimes we think about a million things that could go wrong in our lives, what we don’t understand is that we are drawing these things to us. How ? It has been scientifically proven that every thought has a magnetic frequency; so the more you think about something the more you magnetize it to you.

Those are all the answers I was able to come up with in my search. If you have profound answers of your own, kindly let me know. Have a wonderful weekend.


Opemipo Adebanjo

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