Why do Good Things Happen to Bad People?
By James Merritt
1. Have you ever asked that very question? "Why do good things happen to bad people?" Well, don't feel alone, and don't feel guilty because that question has bothered all kinds of men in all walks of life. It has been asked since the beginning of time, and it will be asked until the end of time.
2. Bible scholars tell us that the oldest book in the Bible is the book of Job. Over 4,000 years ago this godly man was perplexed by the same problem. He said in Job 21:7-15:
"Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty in power?
Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
Their bull breeds without failure; their calves without miscarriage.
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice to the sound of the flute.
They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us; for we do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?'"
3. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, who came along 2,000 years later, also raised the same question. In Eccl. 7:15, "I have seen all things in my days of vanity: there is a just man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness." Now what Solomon said was, "I thought I had seen it all. I thought I had seen everything until I saw bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people."
4. Now someone could say, "Well, Job was a farmer and Solomon was a politician. What would they possibly know about this deep question? This is a question too deep for them. Thi ...
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