Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Are bad things happening to me because I’ve sinned?

Sometimes when people encounter a trial or painful situation, they may wonder if it happened to them because they’ve sinned. This isn’t a new question though, Job asked the same thing when his life fell apart. We must understand that sometime bad things do happen to us because of sin. One who is a drunkard could easily lose his money and house, but also his family and friends and even his life. A liar is often hurt in the long run, and those who break traffic laws could end up with a fine or even jail time. Sinners will definitely reap what they sow (Gal 6:7-8) but not all bad things happen because of one’s sin as Christ teaches in Luke 13:1-5. Luke 13:1-3 teach that sometimes bad things happen to someone because of the sins of others. An innocent person may be mugged, but not because they’ve done anything wrong, but because the mugger is engaging in sin. Luke 13:4-5 teaches that one other reason bad things happen to people is because of nature. Sometimes someone is just in the wrong spot at the wrong time. People do not always experience bad things because they have sinned, though it is possible that that could be the reason. We ought to use these times to evaluate our life and make sure we are walking properly with God.

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