Why Do Good Things Happen To Bad People?

You thought I was going to say “Why do bad things happen to good people? Didn’t you?


People who have never went out of their way to help anyone yet hit it big in Vegas or in the Lottery. People who win some contest or drawing who are slobs. People who use deceit and lies to promote themselves. People who are utterly nasty and profane but who seem to have an abundance of everything. Maybe it’s a neighbor. Maybe it’s a relative. Maybe it’s someone you don’t know but, you have experienced their arrogance, selfishness or materialism first hand. You find yourself asking the question; “Why do good things happen to bad people?”


The Bible tells us that the rain falls on both the just and the unjust alike. The Bible also tells us that God is no respecter of persons. So, we can use scripture to learn that good AND bad things happen to people in general. It’s not about who is “bad” nor who is “good”, it’s about things happen to everyone. Yes but, why is it that you cannot seem to “win”? Why is it that “bad” things seem to happen to you and you consider yourself “good”?


Well first off, who decides what is “bad” versus what is “good”? Who decides a “good” person from a “bad” person? You? Me? A Judge? A Police Officer? A Religious person? The Bible tells us that ALL have sinned and fallen short. The Bible also tells us that no one is righteous, not even one. So I would ask again, who decides what is “bad” versus what is “good”? 


Suppose a Police Officer arrests you. Is that a “good” thing or a “bad” thing? Suppose you were homeless and didn’t know where your next meal was coming from? Would the arrest then be a “good” or “bad” thing? What if you were addicted to illegal narcotics? Would your judgement on whether it was “good” or “bad” change? My point is that “good” and “bad” are relative and quite subjective depending upon circumstances and who is in those circumstances. 


Say your automobile breaks down. You may be tempted to say that it is a “bad” thing. What if you were a Christian and got a chance to witness to someone because of being in the automobile repair shop? What if someone you knew were waiting for an opportunity to bless someone and your automobile breaking down was just the opportunity that they were looking for? There are many scenarios where an automobile breaking down could be a blessing in disguise. 



The Bible tells us that we see through a veil thinly. We don’t see the big picture. In fact many times, we cannot see the forest for the trees. What we may view as “negative” may actually be quite positive. What we view as “positive” could have very negative consequences attached to it. Learning to trust God with our past, present AND future is important for His will and our happiness.

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Comments (2)

  1. PTF

    I wander sometimes why bad people live so long and those who are good live short lives.
    …Good people suffer long sicknesses and bad people don’t.
    I believe God sets parameters for us as individuals and there will be a time when our questions and reasons will be addressed appropriately.
    Btw wil…I hope you and yours had a excellent Thanksgiving.

    November 25, 2016
    1. willsblog

      Thank you, we did! I hope yours was as nice as ours. If heaven is half what I believe it to be from scripture, I doubt that we’ll have time for questions or answers.

      November 26, 2016