Some people ask, “If God is good, why do bad things happen?” My response to that is simple. Shut up! Just shut up.
Right now some people are like, “Jimmy, that is very insensitive.” Well, that’s what the Bible says. Shut up.
Here’s the thing. People who ask that question aren’t really curious. They don’t want to know the answer. It’s that their idea of right and wrong is above God’s idea of right and wrong. Their justice is more just than God’s justice. They’re just better than God.
That’s not unusual nowadays. There are some people who are smarter than God. The Bible talks about Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. After they were outside the Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel found wives. Some people nowadays are like, “Wait a minute. Where did those wives come from?” You are brilliant! You are so smart! Moses wrote that 6000 years ago, and you’re the first one to ever think that! You just disproved the Bible. Congratulations. Congratulations, Penn Jillette. Congratulations, Harlan Ellison. Congratulations, Bill Nye the Science Guy. You’re smarter than God!
Some people just can’t understand or accept God’s level of judgment or His level of intelligence. A lot of people don’t realize that maybe God hates them. Maybe God hates the people who don’t understand Him. Some people think it’s blasphemous for me to say that. Well, it’s the Bible. God is quoted as fraternal twins. Of the two, I like Esau better. He’s manly. He’s a hunter. He has a gigantic red beard. Jacob is girly. He’s a momma’s boy. He’s deceptive and cunning. His mustache probably didn’t connect to his beard. He’s that type of guy. Nonetheless, God loved Jacob and hated Esau.
Sometimes He does that just to prove His wisdom. Pharaoh saw all the plagues. But he still could not understand God. God hardened his heart.
Please don’t take it personally if it’s true, in fact, that God hates you and He’s caused your heart to harden so that you can’t understand His word. If you think that’s wrong, the Bible says shut up. Some people are really angry now. But it’s right here in the Bible on page 809.
“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means. For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. Will you say to me then, ‘Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?’ But who are you, oh man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy which he has prepared beforehand for glory?”
See, it says right there. Shut up. “Who are you, oh man, to answer back to God?”
Don’t talk back to God. i.e. Shut up.