Why do bad things happen to the innocent? Why do babies get aborted? Why do the elderly get robbed? Why do kids get abused? In a World where most belive in some Higher Power, why do so many do evil to one another?
The Bible describes Humanity as unique in all of creation. We were designed to relate to God as His kids. The key word is relate. We’re designed to maintain a relationship with our Creator. As a consequence, He imbued us with the ability to make choices. We can choose to love or hate God.
Genesis 3 recounts how the first two humans Adam and Eve were tricked into sinning. They introduced Evil into Paradise. Not only did Sin effect human born from Adam & Eve but the planet and animals were affected as well.
If you study the entire Bible, you realize God knew Humanity would screw up. Think about that, He knew giving them a Will (the ability to choose) that sooner or later they would mess up. Apparently the desire to have relationship was strong enough for God to take the risk of being rejected by his own creation. Again, before he molded Adam in His likeness, God already knew the results. He knew sin would soil Paradise. He knew World War One and Two woul kill millions. God saw sex trafficking, abortion and rape. He saw every robbery, every abused wife. He decided He would endure the pollution of His planet because He was determined to relate YOU!
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
Ephesians 1:4 He chose us before the foundation of the World.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
So bad things happen because humans have the ability to choose to do good or evil. We have polluted the planet with the Sin. Killer disease, earthquakes and murder all derive from the same fateful decision to disobey God.
God decided that He solve our quandary; He would come to Earth as an infant, live a perfectly sin free life and pay the price for all of our sins. Revelation 13:8 calls Jesus the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
God created Humanity, aware of how things would unfold but He created a solution to the Sin problem. We can do evil or we can accept Jesus gift of Salvation. When people ask why a just God would Evil to flourish, answer: He has given us all choice. Choose life! Choose Jesus!