One of the major questions people often ask when it comes to believing in God is “How could He let bad things happen to good people?” In so many ways, this is such a legitimate question! It is definitely a real one, that you may have likely asked (a lot!) As our understanding of the story of God and ultimately the story of Jesus grows, we begin to understand that God did in fact allow a very bad thing to happen to His own son! As a result, Christians have never believed in a God who doesn’t allow bad things to happen to good people. Christians believe the worst possible thing happened to the best possible person. Somehow, this changes everything.

Questions

  • Were you raised to assume that there is a relationship between bad behavior and suffering? Why or why not?
  • What is, or has been, your go-to explanation for why good people suffer?
  • Has suffering (yours or someone else’s)  ever chipped away at your faith?
  • Read John 9:1–5. How does this account address the myth that good things happen to good people, while bad things happen to sinners?
  • Read Hebrews 4:14–16.
    • What stands out to you?
    • According to verse 14, why should we remain faithful during seasons of suffering?• According to verse 16, what can we expect from God during seasons of suffering?
  • If left unaddressed, what is currently happening in your life that has the potential to undermine your faith?

Changing Your Mind

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.  —C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain