Good Things for Bad People

Why do bad things hap­pen to good people?

No, that’s the wrong ques­tion; what we should be ask­ing is, Why do good things hap­pen to bad peo­ple? ((This turn­around ques­tion is from Sun­day school this morning.))

Only when it is phrased thus­ly do we have in mind a prop­er view of God as holy Judge and of man as unholy sinner.

Only when the ques­tion is thus asked is the bib­li­cal account being tru­ly engaged, for how can one ask about bad things hap­pen­ing to good peo­ple when the Scrip­tures do not rec­og­nize the exis­tence of such people?

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Rick Beckman