*by Wes Moore
A lot of bad things happen in this world. You’ve probably noticed that. Maybe you’ve had someone you love get really sick or even die. Or maybe you’ve heard about the bad things that happen around the world, like earthquakes and floods.
Why do these things happen? The Bible gives us the answer to this question.
When did bad things start?
God made the first humans on Day 6 of Creation Week (Genesis 1:24-26)[i]. He made the man first and called him Adam. He made the woman next. Her name was Eve.
At that time there was no death or suffering in the world. No one died or got sick and no one did anything evil. God kept the world he made very good (Genesis 1:31).
After he made Adam and Eve, God gave them one rule (Genesis 2:15-16). There was a certain tree where they lived that they were not supposed to eat from. He gave them this rule to test them to see if they would obey him. As our Creator, God has the right to test us if he wants to.
He also told them what would happen if they disobeyed him. They would die. In fact, we learn later in the Bible that the death God spoke of would affect everything in the world, the entire creation (Romans 5:12 and 8:19-23).
Not only would people start to get sick, do bad things to each other, and eventually die, but the whole creation would be cursed as well. Animals would eat each other and hurricanes and floods would start to occur.
Adam and Eve did not obey God. They ate from the tree (Genesis 3:1-7). Disobeying God is called sin. God kept his promise and placed a curse on them for their actions (Genesis 3:14-19). That curse affects all of us today.
When will bad things end?
But God did not leave us to suffer the curse forever. Eventually, he sent his own son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and remove the curse for good (John 3:16). Now, all of those who put their faith in him will eventually live in a world without a curse. The Bible calls this a “new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1).
For now God uses bad things in life to bring about good things in the lives of those who believe in him (Romans 8:28). He cares for us when we hurt and invites us always to pray to him in our times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Death and suffering are bad. They show us how bad it is to sin against our Creator. However, he loves us and has made a way for all of us to live in a place where no more bad things can happen. Jesus Christ is the way to that place. If you haven’t already, you should believe in him today.
*Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking. You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com.
[i] Parents, you may want to read the passages in parentheses to your children and explain them.
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