Why do bad things happen to good people? Humanist worldview

Let’s look at this question from a humanist worldview position.  Humanists believe people are basically good at heart and the environment is good; it is just people doing bad things that mess everything up.  So, if we can get everyone together and fix people and do things right, then everything will be good and we will have global peace and nature will heal.  And we do all this mainly by loving everyone and taking care of our environment….globally.  If people are uncooperative, then humanist standards will be demanded via dictatorial government.  Is it even possible to create this human utopia?  Can mankind achieve perfection in reality?

This idea of man earning good things is partially true…so that makes it easy to believe in this humanistic thought.  The Bible also teaches the truth that “we reap what we sow”.  It is reality.  If you sow corn, you reap corn.  If you sow evil, you reap evil in your life and in the lives of others.  If you sow good, then there is reward in it.

You even reap what you sow when you think you are sowing something good, but are actually sowing bad seed!  You will still get the harvest of the bad seed!  That is reality.  This is one way that people who are trying to be good people will still reap bad things.  They may appear good, but be sowing bad seeds.  This is one reason why deception is so dangerous.

This goes along with sowing seeds in ignorance.  In Hosea 4, we see that people perish for lack of knowledge…specifically lack of the knowledge of the Lord and His ways. Proverbs is a whole book about the wisdom of God and benefits of seeking His knowledge and ways as opposed to the destruction of following the world’s knowledge and ways.

So, we see how bad things can happen to good people, even to God’s good people.

But what about good people who really are sowing good seeds?  Why do bad things happen to them?  Do humanists have an answer for that?  As Christians, we know we have an evil enemy…and that enemy persecutes terribly.

Christians still have the overcoming advantage….BUT GOD…..as Christians with a true Christian worldview, evil does not win.  God makes a way where there seems to be no way.  He is the only way, truth, and life.  He gives mercy and forgives even when we ourselves fail and plant the wrong seeds.  He instructs and warns.  He convicts and disciplines.  He teaches and guides.  His is the narrow way that leads to abundant life…and few find it….but He even has a way back on the narrow path when someone finds themselves in a ditch or pit!  He can take what is bad and turn it for our good! Wow!  What an awesome God we have!  I choose God and His worldview!

In Christ, we have true hope to be good and do good and get good results!  And this is not dependent on mankind, but dependent on Christ..the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  When His kingdom comes to earth, then there will be a way to His goodness and true peace globally.

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