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Why do bad things happen to good people Why do good things happen to bad people These two questions have bewildered mankind throughout the centuries Even the greatest philosophers and theologians have yet to develop a concrete answer Philosophers theologians and even religious leaders have developed many hypotheses Some of these hypotheses support each other while others conflict It is for this reason that we must conclude that there is not one answer but rather a number of reasons These questions are built on the assumptions that we are entitled to have good things happen to us and everything that happens to us is either a reward or a punishment from God for something that we did So if we behave we deserve to be reimbursed with an easy life At one time the world was a great place it was once a world without evil Garden of Eden There were no illnesses or diseases and people had a personal relationship with God Pain both physical and emotional did not exist All of this changed with original sin the first sin of Adam and Eve Pain old age disease accidents and evil of all kinds entered the world Today sin flourishes in the world we live in Since bad things exist in our world it is only logical that sometimes those bad things are going to affect good people And it goes beyond just that The world is not simply passively sinful we have to face a power that is actively trying to hurt us Satan In the Gospel Jesus calls Satan the prince of this world In the time of Jesus the Pharisees claimed that bad things do not happen to good people They believed that bad things only happened to bad people God makes them happen to bad people as a punishment for sin If people suffered it was because of something they did wrong If they were sick poor or disadvantaged
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