How can you say God is good when he is so bad?

Hello;
I read your response that you gave to the person on suicide and on God. I am writing to you because it said to feel free to reply to you. Well, I am. I too am confused about the "love" "GOD" has too offer. I am really tired of living and tired of praying to a God that does not hear. I think he already has people choosen for that. Now, I would like to discuss some of your answers with you regarding this so called GOD. He has not been there for me and my children. I AM a christian and Jesus Christ is my savior and I dont understand how he can not hear me thank him for my family and my sight and so on. My children and I have been living in HELL for years and I have tried everything possible to change the problems, but it seems like I was born to live in hell!!!. My children ask me all the time MOM, why doesnt GOD love us kids and reach out to us just once? The truth is I just started giving up and told the children how life really is. You had stated you many things on how to get God to hear you, I have done all that all my life and he hates me. But why my children? what in God's name did they do to have him turn on them. Not only my children but what about the thousands of children and adults that pray, believe, and trust in him only to be turned away; like when they are beening raped? beatened? hungry? Did they ask for this also??? oh maybe it is because ( as you stated) they have not let him into their hearts!!! but guess what, I know they have just like me. I know because I have listened and cared for these people and they truley lived a life for the lord!!!!!

My I ask you something? are you a Jehovah Witnessess? because I have been searching for answers for many years and lately been talking to Jehavah Witnessess and realized you are all brain washed. How can you beleive GOD is good when he is so bad???

I am not trying to be mean, but I am really looking for someone that can TRUELY answer my questions with some real answers for us other people who are tired of the pain that GOD created for us to live with.

Thanks, hope to hear back from you.

My response is in Green:

Let me start by assuring you that I am not a Jehovah's Witness. You are right about them, they are a cult. But you are wrong about God. In fact your message to me was full of misunderstandings and it was sad to read how you misjudge God.

You said you are a Christian and you even said that Jesus is your Savior, yet the rest of your message shows otherwise. Let me try to explain.

You talk about how Jesus is your Savior yet you claim you think that God has planned out who is going to heaven and who is not. You also say that He is not listening to you and does not love you. Your lack of Bible knowledge is showing. Jesus said: (John 6:44 NIV) [44] No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. So if you have ever even wanted to be a Christian it is because God drew you. I believe He draws everyone because He loves everyone, but the fact that you even think of Jesus and believe He is your savior shows that God loves you and did draw you. So you are wrong about Him not loving you.

You asked me how I can think God is good when He is so bad. I guess I missed all of that. See when I think of God I think of the Creator of the universe who loved me and you enough that even though He knew we would rebel and do bad things He still loved us and sent His only Son to die in our place. In our place because you and I both deserve to die for our sins. I am not perfect and neither are you, we have both sinned and all sins are against a holy God. A holy God who demands death as the payment for all sins. Yet because He loved us He took that punishment for us. Is that the God of whom you are speaking? Is that the God you claim is bad not good?

You don't know God, that is the problem. You can say "I AM a Christian" all you want, but if you don't know God then I truly doubt you could have Him as your Savior. I am not trying to make you mad I am trying to show you that you need to find out who God is.

You seem to think that everything that happens in this world which is bad is God's fault. Now I will admit that God has the ability to stop the evil in this world and He has not done so yet, but that is not the same thing as accusing Him of being at fault for the bad things. God hates sin and the bad things that go on in this world more than you do. Does that surprise you? It should since you seem to think He is the reason for the bad things. Now if He hates the evil more than you do, then why do you think He has not stopped it?

The problem is not with God it is with us and how we view things. We are physical and we view things from a physical stand point. In other words we view things in the here and now, but God views them from a very different perspective.

It is not that He is incapable of stopping the evil in our world. He could stop it in the blink of an eye. It is not that He does not care about the injustices taking place all around us. It is not that He is busy or other wise distracted or removed from our plight.

The bottom line is simple but it is also one of the hardest answers to convey to someone who does not know God. The reason God allows evil to continue is that He loves us; all of us. Lest we forget that we all came from the same vile stock: Romans 3:22-24 (NIV) {22} This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Not one of us deserves to live, yet God loves us and sent His only Son to die in our place. He did that out of His love and mercy.

We need to understand a little bit about God and His character before we go on. God is holy: Leviticus 11:44 (NIV) I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground. We also know that God demands death for our sins: Romans 6:23 (NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. There are also consequences for our sins: Genesis 9:1-6 (NIV) {1} Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. {2} The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. {3} Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. {4} "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. {5} And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. {6} "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man."

God is just in His judgments: Ezekiel 18:4 (NIV) For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. He is merciful: Nehemiah 9:31 (NIV) But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. And again we see God's love and mercy: Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

So we know that God is holy, just, merciful and loves us, but what does that have to do with Him allowing sin to continue? It has everything to do with why. We see it in this passage: 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God wants everyone to come to repentance. Unlike us, God loves everyone, including those we think are unlovable. He loves the person who murders although He hates murder. He loves the person who rapes, although He hates rape. He loves the person how curses Him, although He hates being cursed. He loves the person who lies and cheats, although He hates lying and cheating.

Do you begin to see why bad things happen? It is because God loves us all and wants us all to have the chance to come to know Him. One day He will put a stop to all the bad things going on. But you better hope at that point that you are truly a Christian, because remember the punishment for all sin is death. That means those little white lies and murder both.

It is a shame that your kids don't think God loves them. It is a shame because it is not true. Does He give them everything they want? No maybe not, but there are a couple of reasons for that too. The first one is that He is our Father and He knows what we need and what we want, but sometimes He has a different plan for us. The second reason is often the hardest one for people to understand. See I said He is our Father, but that is only true if you know Him and worship Him as your God and Savior. He is not the Father of those who deny that He even exists, or those who claim He is cruel and at fault for what happens in this world.

Now think about it. If He is not your Father because He is not your God and Savior then why would He answer your requests? Your children can come to you and ask for something and if it is good for them and within your power to do you will probably do it for them. However, if your kids just pick a house out at random and walk up and ask for their favorite food for example, why would the person give it to them? Yet people do just that with God. They don't know Him, they don't love Him, but they will ask Him to do all kinds of things for them.

God does not turn away from His children as you made it sound in your message to me. Again that is your misunderstanding of not only God and His character but also of the way this fallen world affects both the good people and the bad people. There is evil in this world and evil things happen to good people and to bad people. Trust me I know from my time as a Police Officer. People are evil and they choose to do things to other people. God is not at fault, He is loving and wants both the victim and the person committing the evil to come to Him.

I hope you will rethink your opinion of God. If He is really as evil and bad as you claim, why would you even want anything to do with Him? Why would you want to spend eternity with Him? Yet if He is loving and caring as His word says then there is every reason to have a relationship with Him and to want to spend eternity with Him.

Ralph

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