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Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Yoshi2me » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:28 pm

One of the best ways to answer when someone asks why GOD lets "bad" things happen to "good" people. Or why GOD doesn't always answer prayer in a way we think He should. Rick Warren was the keynote speaker at the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix two weeks ago.

You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having 'wealth' from the book sales.

This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, 'Purpose Driven Life' author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said: People ask me, "What is the purpose of life?"

And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body -- but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act -- the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.

We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ's likeness.

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.

I used to think that life was hills and valleys -- you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:

If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain. But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her - It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.

Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, "God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better."

God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.

That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD.
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Shamefaced » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:47 am

"You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:

If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain. But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others."~~Pastor Rick Warren

Thanks so much for posting this, Yoshi--I needed a good kick in the pants lol! That's exactly what I do--focus on my problems pretty much to the exclusion of everything else. And I know that's not good, for me or for anyone around me. And once I (I hope!) get some physical issues sorted out, I do want to try to do something that helps others at least a little. I know I'll never cure cancer or win the Nobel Peace Prize, but I do need and want a purpose for my life, which honestly I feel I have pretty much wasted. :sad: One thing I've been considering for a long time is volunteering to teach ppl to read. Not children--they get that at school!--but adults who for whatever reason never really learned how to read. I love to read, it's a lifelong passion of mine and I would love to help others realize the joy of being able to pick up a book (or a Nook :wink: ) and read whatever they want. Anyway, sorry, wandering off topic here... :redface:

It's awesome that Pastor Warren not only gave up his salary from his church, but added up all they had paid him over the years and actually paid the church back!!!! I can't recall ever hearing of anyone doing that before! Yes, he did make tons of money off his book, but most ppl in his position just want to acquire yet more money--not give a lot of it back!! I didn't know about his wife's cancer--how is she doing?? I will be praying for them.

That was truly inspiring--thank you again! :grin:
Blameless people are always the most exasperating.~~George Eliot
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Yoshi2me » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:16 pm

You know what? I am really glad you found that message to be inspirational. If anyone knows how hard it is to battle stinking thinking - I do! I have had to give up years of bad thinking habits. I'm reading a book right now that has really opened my eyes. It's called "Battlefield of the Mind" and it's written by Joyce Meyer. I highly recommend this book. I am halfway through it and absolutely love what she has to say. I think you will like this book - A Lot! :grin:
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby brian » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:49 am

Dont be dishearted my dear,
It is just a temporary,the results shoulb be good and just according to your desires :)
Good people always have good just a little problem in point of view.
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Elizabeth » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:23 am

another pointless post. :confused:
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Yoshi2me » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:28 am

Elizabeth wrote:another pointless post. :confused:


I noticed that, too. :geek:
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby geniesgotit » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:37 pm

I really enjoyed reading this. I've been stuck in a rut for a longgg time. trying to figure out what will make me happy. No THING will. only God, and me serving Him.

I especially liked the last part..:

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, "God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better."

God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.


Really hit me hard. There's been times when I wake up and I'm like. great... another day. (not happy about it at all) but I really just need to change my thinking. It takes 30 days to make a habit... I'll start right now!
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Yoshi2me » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:09 pm

Yep, it takes 30 days to make a habit. You can do it! :grin:
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Shy84 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:19 am

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm going through so much right now and I've just been feeling defeated. Really it's been because I've been focused on my problems instead of my purpose. I've recently rededicated my life back to Christ and I honestly don't know what my purpose is just yet, but not matter what I will continue to move forward and rejoice instead of standing still and sulking. Thank you!
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Yoshi2me » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:50 pm

You're Welcome!!! :grin:
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby hopefulheart » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:24 pm

Wow! I really needed that..Thanks for taking out the time to share his thoughts... I was really searching for direction this has truly given me that..
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Yoshi2me » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:22 pm

Hi hopefulheart,

I'm glad you enjoyed that. You have a really great attitude. I hope you will stick around! :wink:
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Re: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Postby Elizabeth » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:11 pm

hopefulheart, how are you doing??
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