A Question I Was Asked:

If Something Bad Happens To Me, Then I Must Have Done Wrong Somewhere - Right?

If something bad happens to me, then I must have done wrong somewhere - Right?

UK Apologetics Reply:

No, not necessarily. Your reasoning is a bit like the 'karma' teaching of Eastern religion. While God could certainly use such things to punish (such as God allowing the child of David and Bathsheba's illicit affair to die, or the way that God allowed the evil woman Jezebel to die, or even the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah), such is not necessarily the case. Some may suffer unreasonably in this present life but - in His wisdom - God knows they will eventually unherit Eternal Life (persecuted Christians, for instance).

Jesus also rejected the disciple's assumption regarding two incidents back in their own day:

13. Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2. Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3. I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them - do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5. I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."(Luke 13:1-5).

So this tells us that when we here of bad things happening to people, we should not draw moral conclusions in such cases. Whilst God may use harsh punishment because of sin, this is not always the case. Regarding divine protection, Christians may indeed - on occasion - be afforded divine protection but God does not offer any guarantees in such cases. Nevertheless, we should always pray for protection when entering difficult or dangerous places or circumstances. God does indeed promise true believers great rewards, but these are in the future, in the life to come, and they are eternal rewards in the New Heavens and New Earth.

Robin A. Brace. January 8th, 2018.