How Can God Let That Happen?

Let me begin by saying that as I wrote this I realized that it is a very sensitive subject! And it is hard to explain how I feel about it. Having said that I am going to go ahead and try my best to state my thoughts. I know others may disagree, maybe some will agree. All I ask is that if you choose to leave a comment, let’s talk about it….not argue.  I am OK with other opinions and I am mature enough to talk to anyone about their views, even if they are not mine.

“Life lives, life dies, life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone’s eyes.”

I can remember thinking “Why did she have to die?” when my best friends mother died. I was only 5 at the time, but I can remember how it really weighed heavily on me and I also remember that nobody could answer my question.

Over the years I have  formed my own ideas about that question and I have an answer, it may not be a good answer for others, but for me, it is good and it finally allows me to stop asking the question.

God does not cause bad things to happen to good people.  What I have come to accept is that all people, all souls, are born with the same divine love that is God, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27   If we are created in the image of God then we are created with the same love that He has.  At the time of our birth we are capable of pure love.  You see it all of the time in children. At our birth is probably the closest we will ever come to being perfect! *SMILE*  We may not be perfect but we have that spark of divine love that God IS…..He says so.

But here is the problem……as we grow up, and become of this world, we get away from God, we develop an EGO and we become disconnected from that Divine love. If we were not perfect when we were born….. we are even less so as we get older.  When we become disconnected from that Love we do not see things as we once did.  We lose that child like quality of innocence and love. Things become clouded, we have stresses and anxieties, we have fears. Fear is not borne out of love and if it is not of love then it is not of God who is LOVE.  And this is the reason, I feel, that people make choices that are not of God, not of Love and therefore hurt others.   It is not God making those choices it is us making those choices.The choices to hurt others.

Why doesn’t God stop us? I guess it comes down to Free Will…..which is something that I am going to have to do some research on. I do not want to write anything  that I cannot back up with scripture so I need to go get one on Free Will….I do not have one readily available.

So it is not God that is doing anything to anyone…it is US; us humans, we that get so far away from God that we can’t even see the bad choices we are making.  Or if we do see them, we do not care.

I also know that everything happens in God’s time. Everything happens exactly as it should and one day we will ALL know the answers to the specific whys and how’s. In the meantime, knowing that when we become separated from God we may make poor choices is what will keep me striving to stay connected and to share my thoughts with others.

Of course, this is only my opinion.  I know we all passionately believe in what we believe.  We can disagree, that is OK.  We do not have to argue about it or be mad about it. That is what makes the world go round….differences! I am OK with that, I hope you are too!

And if we do talk about it, it is also OK for us to still disagree! It is OK!


8 thoughts on “How Can God Let That Happen?

  1. I pretty much agree with you on this. Why do bad things happen? How come children get cancer? Why do innocent people suffer injustice? I believe that when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden, all humanity lost. God did say they would die if they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen. 2: 17) They did die. They lost eternal life and their spirits died as well. Every person born since then is born into sin with a sleeping spirit. As soon as they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior their spirits become alive and there is communion with God once again. (Eph. 2:5). Because Satan is prince of darkness and has temporary dominion over this world,(Eph.2:2 2-4). Those horrendous things happen. So why does God not intervene as often as we think he should? That is really the question here. The answer to that is that we really don’t know. We have a faith walk and need to trust in His wisdom because his ways are so much higher than ours (Is. 55:9). He tells us in Matthew that we are to cast our cares upon Him because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. We may not always understand why things happen the way they do and sometimes trusting Him is the hardest thing we can ever do. But doing that and keeping our eyes on eternity rather than this short life really helps to keep things in perspective.


    • Thank you so much Patty for reading and for sharing your thoughts! I really appreciate that. And I love that you feel you can share your thoughts here. And you can!
      Thank you for giving us scripture to refer to, I like that!
      As I said…it is a very sensitive subject and reading your reply, I am aware of how difficult it is.
      Love you Patty!
      Please keep visiting and sharing your thoughts!


  2. As a father who watched his 7-yr old son die from cancer 4 years ago, I wrestle with this question daily – why did God let this happen? How can I love a God that caused, or at least didn’t try to stop, this most terrible thing that a parent could imagine happening to them? Was it something I or my wife did to deserve this? Is it part of a soul-saving move by God to put me on the correct path and align my SHAPE to His purpose? Kushner’s “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” provides a beginning of an answer for me – maybe God doesn’t cause these things to happen but instead is there for us when they do. Thanks for bringing this subject up, and for having the courage to post about it online.


    • Thank you for reading and for commenting. I am sorry to hear of your sons passing. It is terrible when a parent has to endure what you went through.
      I agree……He is there with us when the “things” we go through happens. It is hard to remember this and I know it can be hard to turn to Him in our time of need.
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for reading!
      I hope to hear from you again in the future.


      • Thanks Christine. Funny thing…the following day after posting my comment above, Monday, I’m reading my iPhone bible (You Version) and Rick Warren’s daily devotional which I find very helpful to center me on God every day as I start out, and here’s what my daily reading said:

        See From God’s Point-of-View

        Perspective is understanding something because you see it from a larger frame of reference. It is the ability to perceive how things are interrelated and then judge their comparative importance.

        And, for believers, it means seeing life from God’s point-of-view. In the Bible, the words “understanding,” “wisdom,” and “discernment” all have to do with perspective. The opposite of perspective is “hardness of heart,” “blinded” and “dullness.”

        Perspective answers the “Why?” questions of life. Psalm 103:7 says, “He (God) made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel.” The people of Israel got to see what God did, but Moses got to understand why God did it.

        This is the difference between knowledge and perspective. Knowledge is learning what God has said and done. Perspective is understanding why God said it or did it. Having perspective is evidence of spiritual maturity.


        -Andy, Max’s dad
        p.s. I signed-in evidently under an old WordPress account I had so that’s why the strange nmtrc name appeared, I didn’t mean to be anonymous! GB!


      • Well Hello Andy! I am so glad to hear from you again.

        Thank you for sharing Rick Warren’s devotional and a big WOW from me too! “Perspective” is indeed that which we should have when trying to understand the “Why’s” of God.

        I try to remember how important it is for me to trust in my intuition and my knowing that God is Love and everything happens in His time and that it is the right time.
        I am going to copy this devotional so that I can revisit it often.

        Thank you again for sharing!

        I hope to hear from you again! Have a great day!

        P.S. Do you mind if I share the devotional on my blog? Others may benefit too…why should I hog the message?!


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