Why Do Bad Things Exist If There’s A Good God?

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If there is an all-mighty, all-powerful, and an all-good God, why is the world that we live in so frail and weak and so full of bad and broken things?
Why did the studious college student who just had an intense and unfair breakup with his lover, went up high to the overpass to jump down headfirst into the car-filled streets?
And why did the ministry-serving young couple who for years fervently prayed for a baby to finally be added to their just-starting-up family, received a baby with special needs?
And why did the innocent girl who was born into an uneducated and poor family that can’t seem to make ends meet, was also born without limbs?
And if you would dig deeper with me, why do we, with our rational minds and our tugging conscience, question these seemingly unfair and evil phenomena?
Pain, injustice, suffering — why do these things exist? If bad and evil things exist in our world, wouldn’t that prove that there’s no God at all? Or if there is one, then surely He’s not a good God. Or probably, and a more terrifying thought, that He’s a God that doesn’t care at all.

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Instead of the hasty conclusions presented above, I would think that it is because of the very fact that we acknowledge the existence of the presence of this uncomfortable thing — this universal thing called pain, this evil, this darkness, this suffering — that proves the very existence of something good, or even possibly, the existence of Someone who’s the very source of the idea of good. For example, we know it when a performing singer goes out of tune with the song she’s singing simply because we know it first when she’s in tune. We also know it when we see that our favorite shopping store is in a season of sale simply because we know it when it is not in a season of sale. In the same way, we know that there are things that are good simply because we know that there are things that are not good.
I would surmise that it is impossible for us to realize this fact — the fact that there are “good things” — unless there’s the presence of something that would prove the existence of those “good things” — in our case, this something would be the “bad things.” It is because we know that there are bad things — things that are not good — that we come to realize that there are also good things. To quote a favorite poet of mine, “The shadow proves the sunshine.”
And to add to this subject, I would like to entertain the idea of the great possibility that the existence of these “good things” might also prove that this concept of “good and bad” is universal. As I have learned from C.S. Lewis, he presented an interesting case where he concluded that each and every one of us apparently has this so-called “universal inner moral compass” that is common to all, and it is because of this “universal inner moral compass” that causes us to know justice from injustice. According to him, it is this compass that gives to life our natural ability to identify the good from bad. It is the source of our knowledge, gut-feeling, intuition, whatever-you-want-to-call-it, regarding the concept of justice. And he also presented that it seemed to him that it looked like there’s a Someone who intentionally put that “inner moral compass” inside of us, for some reason that that Someone has.

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Now we have learned, I hope, that firstly, the existence of these so called “bad things” do not disprove a good God, but rather it serves as a proof that a good God exists. And secondly, I have introduced the proposition that there are things that are universally “good” and things that are universally “bad” simply because of the “universal inner moral compass” that is apparently inside each one of us. And thirdly, I briefly touched the concept that all of these might be just the natural result of the doings of a Someone, a God, who deliberately designed this so called concept of “good and bad” for some reason that He has.
These then must be a reason why we desire to have those things that seem good to us, and on the opposite end, why we question pain and injustice.
It is my deepest desire for all of us to strive forward to the things of good. But we cannot do that alone, for doing that would be self-centered and very foolish.
Instead, what I would suggest is for us cling to the God who is the Source of the very idea of goodness itself.
To learn from Him. And to know Him. And also to be in deep love with Him (which I believe is just a natural by-product of getting to know Him a little). Then to finally see Him, with a smile.
Who knows, at the end of our days, He might even answer all of our other wildest questions.

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