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S1E8: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Welcome to S1E8 of Martha's Talk! 
In today's episode, we are going to speak about bad things and good people. While some know me as Tasha, God changed my name to Martha. He also called me to be an Apostle. This simply means, that he commissioned me to go wherever he sends me to preach or teach the gospel, in truth and in love. Martha's Talk is a talk show in which I share the love of Christ for humanity, in Spirit and in Truth.

Before we get started with today's episode, I want to let you know that this episode is not intended to justify evil, excuse evil, or condemn anyone of evil. When discussing evil (e.g. rape, drug addictions, infidelity, murder, hate crimes, adultery, racism, sexism, death of a love one, disease, mental illness, and etc), it is important to remember that our response to evil, can either make the world more evil or can make it good. My intent with this episode is not to persuade you to feel or think a certain way, it is not a debate in which opponents are criticized.  My intent is to share the love of Jesus Christ in Spirit & Truth.

In today's episode we are going to go over:

  • What is faith? What should I hope be in?
  • Free will & Self-control
  • Why is their evil?
  • Do we view what God calls good, bad?
  • What and who is a good person?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • How do we overcome evil with good, and what's the point?
Our focus scripture comes from:
  • Revelation 21:1-5  Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Q&A What is faith? What is our faith used for? What is hope?
  • If a born-again believer does not understand what faith is, what it is used for, or what our hope is in, it maybe very hard for them to understand why evil is happening to them, even though they are in God's will. Like myself, I've heard Christians say "but God, I've done all that you've told me to do, I waited to marriage to have sex, and my husband or wife cheated on me." "I raised my kids up in church, and they are now in the world." "I have been faithful in tithing, and ministering to the Lord, and now I am homeless." How can a good God to allow this to happen to me, as I am serving him? 
Faith is trusting that God's will is best for our lives, even when he allows us to be in situations that are uncomfortable. It is standing firm in the trials and tribulations that he wants us to be in, despite our natural circumstances believing that we are in God's will despite our circumstances. Faith is overcoming evil with good in this age (on earth), believing that in the age to come (heaven or the new earth) there will no longer be any evil, only good.
  • Hebrews 10:19-39  Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,  but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. 
  • Hebrews 11:1-40 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. .... There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Where is our hope? What is it in?
  • Revelation 21:1-5  Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
My Testimony:
If I ever desire anything outside of the things above (Philippians 4:8):
    • Loving God (in times, tithe, and love) and then loving my neighbor (family, friends, enemies, etc)
    • Overcoming evil with good 
    • Reading the word of God and attending church 
    • Going to heaven in God's timing and as God's will
    • Food to eat, drink to drink, and clothes to wear (see S1E4 Got worries? Get this!)
It is a good time for me to ask God where is my hope? Do I trust God with my life? Recommended episode: S1e7 How does God communicate? Before I was born-again, and when I was newly born-again, I had, what we call hope & dreams but they were not in God's will and really not what any Christian should hope for, and dream of. Back then, I worked in tech, I was saving up for my future (retirement), had a plan to buy a house in 5 years. I had already traveled around the world. I had a fairly expensive car. I worked in Human Resources, and for well-known companies. Although, I was somewhat successful, my success and hope was not founded up God's success and hope. I was born-again on May 19,2018 and for the last 2.5 years, God really had to teach me and train me with his grace (Titus 2:11-14) to set my heart and mind on the things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-4). I literally, had to give up everything to follow Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:24-27), some friends, some family, my career, being able to travel like I did, living own my on, my clothes, even at times food and drink, to follow Christ. 

Where am I now?  I am 32, and I am not married. I do not have children. I do not have my own home, neither my own apartment, nor a car. Actually, when I got into God's plan for my life, is when I went further away from this "American Dream," that I had and was close to getting. If I chose the American Dream, then millions of people would not have been impacted positively by the teachings, prophecies that were given to me by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. I am crying tears of joy because like Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul (see 2 Corinthians 6:3-13, and Luke 9:58), I am poor (naturally), but because of the grace of God, I've made many many rich (spiritually).  I have peace that surpass understanding. I do not have worry. I am not anxious. I have rest. God's peace guard my heart and mind in the Lord. Most importantly, I know Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 17:3). I actually have a relationship with God, and I believe that one day, that I'd never have to be in another trial & tribulation. I will be with Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. The new earth that descends from heaven will only have good.
  • In Philippians 3:7-20, the Apostle Paul wrote "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,"
  • In 1 Thessalonians 3:18, the Apostle Paul wrote "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words."
Q&A: How did evil come into the world? When did God give us free will & self-control?
  • Watch S1E5 Lust & Pride to find out how!
  • Genesis 3:1-10 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Why is their evil in this world? 
God doesn't want anyone to perish, so he gives us chances to choose good, even when what is done is evil in his eyes (2 Peter 3:7-9, Matthew 5:38-48). That is called grace, and grace is given to us freely because of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-24, Romans 5:15). If God didn't give even the "bad" a chance to repent, no one would have ever had a chance for salvation. 
  • Ezekiel 33:11 The bible indicates that God gives nation chances to repent of their sins until, their cup has overflown. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Godly authority is submission to God (watch S1E7: How does God communicate?):
  • God has given born-again believers who are disciples, authority (Matthew 28:18, Luke 10:18). 
  • God has given believers authority in his son Jesus's name to end homelessness, to rule over evil and to stop murderers, rapists, abusers, etc through love, and not through condemnation and hate. 
  • God has given born-again believers authority, and without willingness to overcome evil with good, he cannot do what he authorized believers to do. If born-again believers believed and did the word of God, there would be more good than evil. 
  • God commands two things: 1) Love God with our heart, mind, and body 2)Love our neighbor as we love ourselves (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). 
  • Note: I am pro-body of Christ, meaning I love the body of Christ (the church with Christ as the head). 
Q&A: What and who is a good person? Do we view what God calls good, bad?
  • The world view the following as good (sensual pleasures):
    • A person who is kind to them
    • A person who is well known, and support their beliefs 
    • A person who makes them feel good, and who does what they want, when they want it, and how they want it
  • The body of Christ view the following as good:
    • The word of God
    • God
    • Those who receive the grace of God, and thus believe in Jesus Christ and love God
  • Under the Law of Moses only God was good. - Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19
  • Under the Law of the Spirit (covenant of grace), we have the Holy Spirit in us, who is God, and we are good not because of anything but God's grace, which allows us to have faith in God. - Galatians 5:22-25 "the fruit of the Holy Spirit is goodness"

Q&A: Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • Bad things happen to good people because people choose self-will over God's will. This dominoes effect of choosing self-will over God's will started with Adam & Eve in Genesis 3, and it is still happening now-a-days, and this has allowed evil to multiply.
  • Jesus Christ came to show us that we do not have to choose self-will, and that with his help, we can choose God's will, which btw, is not always comfortable but it will guarantee that good is overcoming all evil. 
  • When we are outside of God's will, the gifts God had given us to overcome evil with good, is now helping evil subvert the good God wanted to use us for. Sometimes we do not want to be in God's will, because it comes with various degrees of being uncomfortable naturally, and financially. However, if everyone chose self-will (comfort) over God's will (seasons of discomfort) then there would be absolutely not good. For example: Jesus Christ was sent to overcome evil with good, and according to the Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 52:13-15, 53:5 Jesus Christ was a man of many sorrows, and he was beaten so badly that he was unrecognizable. He did not sin at all, nor did he contribute to evil. Yet, he suffered so that we would not have to suffer in eternal condemnation (hell).
  • Think about it: When we are not in God's will for our life, the person, people, or generation that you were born to save from evil (through Jesus Christ), will be delivered to evil (e.g. sex trafficking, abortion, racial slavery, rape, murder, suicide, a disease that is still waiting for a doctor to find a cure, hate crimes, etc). 
  • Note: Bad things happen to people for three reasons, and the reason is not always because the person in which bad things happened chose self-will over God's will. It can be because of the evil other people, and or because God wants to use that person to overcome evil with good, for their lives and the lives of others, so God allow them to go through trials & tribulations (like Jesus Christ in the gospels and the Apostle Paul in the epistles, and furthermore, the church in the epistles). If the early church did not suffer, we would not have had the gospel shared with us. If Jesus Christ did not suffer, we would not have grace and justification. If the Apostle Paul did not suffer, the gentiles would not know and understand what Jesus Christ did for those who were/are not Jews.
  • By being in God's will, you can prevent future evil in the world. Your obedience maybe the answer to the prayer of family members, friends, countries, nations, etc.
Q&A: What's the point of overcoming evil with good? How do we overcoming evil with good?
The reason that we overcome evil with good is because that is the only way to get the evil to flee. Literally, demons HATE good. They cannot be around good for long. God is good! 

Q&A: How do we overcome evil with good? 
#1. Truth: We have to know that as believers we are called to be peacemakers and to overcome evil with good
  • Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
  • Matthew 5:1-12 "He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
#2. Grace: God's free favor that saves us, trains us to say no to ungodliness, teaches us, forgives our sins, etc.
  • 2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
#3. Love: We receive God's love through the Holy Spirit. God's love is so powerful, that when we receive his love it will overcome hate and evil. 
  • Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
  • 1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
  • 1 Peter 4:7-9 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
#4. Faith: Faith is not believing God for materialism. Faith is trusting that God's will is best for our lives, even when he allows us to be in situations that are uncomfortable. Faith is standing firm in the trials and tribulations that God wants us to be in, despite our natural circumstances, believing that we are in God's will despite our circumstances.  Faith is overcoming evil with good in this age (on earth), believing that in the age to come (heaven or the new earth) there will no longer be any evil, only good (see 2 Corinthians 4:15-18). Thus, when we read Hebrews 11:1 which reads "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." We should understand that the author, is not telling us to have faith in materialism or natural blessings/promises. But rather in God's grace and our will, to overcome evil with good in this present age with the help of the Holy Spirit despite, persecution, slander, spiritual warfare, hurt, pain, and even death, for Jesus Christ. In order to understand Hebrews 11:1 contextually, we have to read all of Hebrews 10 and Hebrews 11.
  • Hebrews 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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