How many times in your life have you asked this question: Why me?
It’s a poignant and pathetic question, one that I’ve both whispered and screamed to God in some pretty dark moments.
And yet, it’s only a smaller, more personalized version of the question that atheists and anti-theists often point to as the “ultimate” proof that God doesn’t exist: Why do bad things happen to good people?
It’s a fair question. Bad things should not happen to good people. The problem, however, is in the definition in of “good.”
The Bible makes it clear that no one is “good” except for God.
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
I could give you more, but you’d drown in all the quotes I’d include. The point is solid: we have all done what is wrong in God’s eyes, missed the mark of holiness. We are not good. No one is good.
So the question to God ought to be: Why do Go(o)d things happen to bad people?
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God, how could you save me? Seriously? I’m so undeserving, so rotten in my very nature. How could you save me when I was so completely bad, truly evil and unlovable?
Why do good things happen to bad people, like me?