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"Why do good people suffer?"
Religion and Theology
Pages 9 (2259 words)
When we see children abused, kidnapped and killed, and when we see that guy with a promising career get stabbed and murdered, what do we think? We tell ourselves that these people do not deserve to die.
Do we then simply have to accept things and tell ourselves, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21)? Not exactly, for in every human being, there is a natural curiosity to know why things happen, and especially why bad things happen to good people. We may feel angry and bitter at the suffering that good people experience and at all the injustice around us, but the Book of Job and the Scriptures somehow shed light on the idea that these sufferings, especially those of good people, indeed have a spiritual basis. The reasons why good people suffer are mostly implied in the Book of Job in the Hebrew Bible. One of the essential points that the book is trying to emphasize is that God’s will transcends innocence. In simple terms, it means that God will not spare someone from suffering simply because one claims to be innocent. This further means that despite one’s goodness and obedience to God and to His laws, bad things may still happen to him. ...
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