"Why do bad things happen?" is a tough question - one that usually gets answered with one of the trite statements or religious cliches that are so infuriating to the people that they get bequeathed to. Things like:
My personal favorite, which was passed on to me by several well meaning people after my 17 year-old brother had died from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer that starts out in the lymph system.
Huh? What the fat? Are you serious?
These & other statements have caused me to spend a lot of time pondering - to me, here's what some of the above statements are saying:
God is good - & is predictably good - everything that we need to know about the person & nature of God is wrapped up in Christ Jesus - not just the "good" stuff. All of it. (Check out Colossians 1:19,20 & Colossians 2:9,10 He thinks good thoughts towards us, likes us (not only loves us,) & is dependably the same yesterday, today, & forever. We can rest assured that He is & will be our ever-present help in time of trouble, & is not the one capriciously causing our pain to drive us to Him.
Next time - we'll examine the cause of all things bad...