Why does God allow bad things to happen?
This is a question that get asks by countless non-believers to those that are faithful. Sadly, this question leaves most of us dead in our tracks.
Sadly, a lot of us don't know how to answer this. I have to admit that it is a very difficult question to tackle. At least to a point to where the person asking the question is satisfied.
Here is a good article about that question over at The Ooze written by the illustrious Keith Giles.
In the article, he poses the 'Why does God allow bad things to happen' question I respond with another question: Do you want God to take complete control over all reality?
To me, that goes against what and who God is. God created us with free will. To take control over everything that happens in this world would take away that free will that he gave to us.
It's not that God can't prevent car crashes or can't keep thousands from getting killed in a war that nobody wants, it is just that at certain times in humankind's lifetime, He does not intervene.
The fact is that, even in the Scriptures, divine intervention was the exception, not the rule.
He points out the fact that God allows things, all things, good and bad, to happen so that he can reveal Himself through the pain, tragedy, and happiness to bring about redemption and reconciliation to Him.
So here is a hard one to swallow. As Christians, we supposed to actually BE Jesus Christ on this earth while his human form is not here. In essence, we are supposed to BE God to the rest of humankind.
And here comes the hard part. The question is not why does God allow bad things to happen. The question becomes why do WE allow bad things to happen?