Why do bad things happen to Christians?

A former satanist asked, “why is it that now that I am a Christian, my life has been a living Hell?”.

What follows is my response.

I was a Wiccan before I became a Christian. I know that God is real. I know the spiritual forces are real. I know there is a battle between the God and His angels and Satan and his demon followers. I suspect you do too.

When I came to Christ, there was a great deal of turmoil in my life afterwards. I suspect it was because I was either being tested by God, tempted by the enemy, or grown in areas I would be used in afterwards – and perhaps it was a combination of all three and even more.

You are correct, God is not a sadist. However, there might be many reasons why things are difficult in your life at present:  consequences of past choices we are unaware of, God discipling us to grow us to become closer to Him and more like Him, the enemy trying to make us turn from God, the consequences of the choices of others, sin (or own or even that of our forefathers), God making it so He can get glory through your life, or even other reasons.

The follow blog entries of mine touch on various reasons why bad things happen, but are not at all complete:

https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/can-suffering-be-justified/

https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/how-could-bad-things-bring-us-closer-to-god/

https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/why-did-an-absolutely-good-god-make-creatures-with-free-choice-when-he-knew-they-would-choose-evil/

But know, we are in a spiritual war. We are soldiers (which is one reason I like the old hymns, as they do not leave any question in this area). We must rely upon God and His mercy. We must trust He has purpose in all we live through.

Romans 8:28-30 tells us:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified Trust in what God has said and done.

Persevere, as God tells us, in James 1:12:

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

We are not told what sort of trials the original audience were suffering, although it was probably persecution. But it also applies all other sorts of suffering. We must persevere.

I leave you with these words of God written through Paul (Ephesians 6:10-18):

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Something i would add is this: Sometimes we put people, things, desires, dreams, in the place of God in our lives or our hearts. When we do that, He will sometimes take them away from us so we have to turn to Him. He wants us to want Him more than anything, and He wants our hearts, not to compete with a dream. If we want peace with God, we must seek Him and His will before all else.

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