You Don’t Deserve This

Excerpt from Chapter 8 of Beyond Shallow Faith, copyright 2018, 2019

Most of us don’t think we deserve “bad” things in life. In fact, one of the most common arguments against the existence of God is that “bad” things happen—to people we respect, to people we love, and of course to us. If God exists, so the argument goes, he wouldn’t allow these “bad” things to happen.[i] The unspoken assumption is that we deserve better. However, as common and as understandable as this assumption may be, from God’s perspective it is simply wrong. . . .

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[i]. For more on this topic, see Chapter Three of my book, Beyond Blind Faith, entitled “Why Do Bad Things Happen (to Me)?”