Biblical reflections on why bad things happen to good people

Recently we heard Rev. Dr. Elizabeth tell the grisly Gospel story of Herod acceding to the wish of his wife Herodias. She hated John the Baptist and wanted him beheaded. She was presented with his head on a platter.

This prophet who baptized Jesus died horribly, just as Jesus would later. Rev. Elizabeth reminded us that death never has the last word then or now, and went on to answer a question that arises from the awful story: Why do bad things happen to good people?  Clearly when misfortune strikes us out faith is tested. But with Christ’s help we can “rise like phoenix from the ashes” and come out of trouble stronger and better people.

Submitted by Patrick Gossage