There is another excellent piece over at The Integrated Catholic Life this morning. This one is penned (keyboarded) by Dr. Peter Kreeft and deals with the subject of evil. When people have asked me why an all-loving God allows bad things to happen to good people, I have always said three things:
- So that a greater good can come from it.
- Our goal is not to be comfortable on Earth but to respond to each day as God desires us to so that we can be comfortable with Him in heaven.
- Faith seeks understanding, it does not require it.
Dr. Kreeft poses several questions and addresses them and points out that “hell is a result of God’s love,” but I was struck in particular by this:
First, who’s to say we are good people? The question should be not “Why do bad things happen to good people?” but “Why do good things happen to bad people?” If the fairy godmother tells Cinderella that she can wear her magic gown until midnight, the question should be not “Why not after midnight?” but “Why did I get to wear it at all?” The question is not why the glass of water is half empty but why it is half full, for all goodness is gift. The best people are the ones who are most reluctant to call themselves good people. Sinners think they are saints, but saints know they are Sinners. The best man who ever lived once said, “No one is good but God alone.”
Read the entire piece here.