One of the most common objections I’ve heard to Christianity is that if God really loved us, why would He let bad things happen to us? It’s a question that I struggled with for some time, but here are the reasons I found:
1. If becoming a Christian made your life perfect, everyone would be a Christian, but few would be for the right reasons. God doesn’t want us to come to Him solely for what we can get from Him. He wants to be our source, yes, but He wants us to love Him more than His blessings. If we never needed anything, we couldn’t appreciate fully how much He’s done for us. There would also be no need for faith and no reason to draw closer to Him. He is the prize, not perfection in our daily lives.
2. God created the world to be perfect. We’re the ones who turned away from Him. For Him to negate all effects of that would effectively negate our free will. Imagine that you were a pitcher on a baseball team and no matter where you threw the ball – toward center field, straight up in the air, right at the ground – it always magically went toward home and was a strike. Nothing you did would matter anymore.
It’s like that with your free will in the rest of your life. If other people’s actions against you had no effect, God would be negating their free will. You do, of course, have the right to decide how you respond to their actions, but their actions will have consequences just as yours will. God will never take your free will away from you. To do so would take away your ability to truly love Him.
3. You don’t know what the result of your trials is going to be. Going to the gym isn’t fun. It’s hard lifting those weights or getting on that elliptical machine and going for an hour. It’s meant to be. If it’s easy, you’re not getting any stronger or fitter. You’re just maintaining where you are. If you sit at home on your couch watching movies, you’re more comfortable, but you’re also getting unhealthier. Getting better at practically anything, including faith, involves discomfort, hard times, and inevitable failure.
One reason your life isn’t perfect is because God doesn’t want you to be weak. If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were weak in their faith, they would likely have bowed down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue and been spared from the furnace. They also would have missed out on the opportunity to walk with Jesus in the fiery furnace and come out unscathed. More importantly, they would have missed the chance to show God’s glory to the king. Your trials may likewise prepare you for greater works or be opportunities for God’s glory to shine through in the midst of your trials.
If anyone has other reasons why our lives aren’t perfect, please leave a comment. Or, if you have questions or want to start an honest debate (please, no rants, insults, etc.) about this topic, comment and I’ll give the best answer I have.
Have a great day, everybody!