Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does suffering still occur after committing to God? In the Heaven’s Truth religion, it is said that the path to salvation is a difficult path. Let us examine this issue.

How many of us have had days that everything is going smoothly, and we exude positive energy? But how difficult is it to generate this positive energy when obstacles and suffering occurs. It is a sincere and faithful person who can still exude this optimism when faced with adversity.

Why is this positive energy, or spiritedness important? Some believe that this positive energy created by the mind comes back to us as joy. On the other extreme, negative energy comes back to us as suffering and inconveniences. This is why suffering occurs even if we commit ourselves to God; we reap what we have sowed. This process has the ability to purify our minds if we respond to our suffering with spiritedness; or it may continue to test our faith if we respond negatively when suffering or inconveniences occur.

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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4 Responses to Why do bad things happen to good people?

  1. Kip says:

    What about really bad things? Like the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, or those starving to death in Darfur, or the Jews in the Holocaust, I could go on, but you see my point?


    • heaventruth says:

      My belief is that causality and reincarnation answers why these innocent people suffer. We reap what we sow. If I did not believe in reincarnation and causality, I would think that God does not exist, or that God does not care. Even these innocent children if one believes in reincarnation lived before, and will live again. Causality through lifetimes, gives one the ability to purify our minds. By our actions and thoughts today, we can have joy or suffering. We determine our own fate, with God patiently waiting for us to eliminate greed, arrogance, and self love from our minds. We will eventually all have joy in the future.

      Hope this helps you understand from my view point.


  2. retiredday says:

    John 16:33 tells us to expect “really bad things”. And James 1:2 tells us we should consider those trials “joy”. Realistically, we can expect to suffer in life. Suffering well, or training ourselves to be victorious in our sufferings requires that we 1) keep our eyes upon Jesus (1 Peter 4:1-2; Matthew 14:28), 2) entrust ourselves to God (1 Peter 21-23), 3) set our hearts on the hope to come (1 Peter 1:13) and do good — not evil (1 Peter 1:14; 3:8-17). These thoughts are from my Pastor’s sermon last Sunday.


    • heaventruth says:

      Good comment. I agree that we should make good out of suffering, although sometime it is very difficult. But with faith, knowing that something good will come out of it, we can go on. You and I may disagree why we suffer. I believe that we cause our own suffering (causality), we both believe in responding to suffering or inconvenience in a positive manner. Thank you for your comment.



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