Cafe Church February 2009



And why would God allow this to happen? Why do bad things happen to good people?
Fox Mulder, "the X Files"

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
Ambrose Bierce

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
Johnny Carson

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (New International Version)

You see things aren't sequential. Good doesn't lead to good nor bad to bad. People steal, don't get caught. Live the good life. Others lie, cheat and get elected. Some people stop to help a stranded motorist and get taken out by a speeding semi. There's no accounting for it. How you play the cards you're dealt, that's all that matters.
Jigsaw, "Saw IV"

Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom
Francis Picabia

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
Psalm 73: 1-5 (New International Version)

I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good.
Sandra Bullock

No matter what you do, no matter how stupid, dumb or damaging you judge it to be, there is a lesson to be learned from it. No matter what happens to you, no matter how unfair, inequitable or wrong, there's something you can take from the situation and use for your advancement.
Peter McWilliams

Why do bad things happen to good people? For the same reason bad things happen to bad people--bad things happen to everyone. They usually seem to make bad people worse, and good people better.
David L. Farquhar

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:11 (New International Version)

Look, kid. Bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it. Right?
Timon, "Lion King"

Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act nonvirtuously, suffering results.
Sakyong Mipham

To live without risk is to risk not living.
Pope Pius XII

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
Luke 1:53 (New International Version)

There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.
George F. Will

Why do good things happen to bad people? That's the mystery.
Ben, "Captivity"

I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life *were* fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe.

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
Elbert Hubbard

Why do bad things happen to good people? That is one of the difficult questions in all of theology.

In Disappointment with God, [Philip] Yancey tackles the questions caused by a God who doesn't always do what we think he's supposed to do.

I just love when good things happen to bad people!
Cruella de Vil

She always wants to know why bad things happen. Like I'm going to come up with a new answer *this* time!
Dr Wilson, "House"

Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm: "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. "Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
Job 40:6-8 (New International Version)

You know the kinda guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting around the corner. Karma. That's when I realized I had to change. So I made a list of everything bad I've ever done, and one by one I'm gonna make up for all my mistakes. I'm just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.

I know the world isn't fair, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?
Bill Watterson

God doesn't let bad things happen. People do.
Rev John Santos, "Counting days"

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8 (New International Version)

Poetic justice is a literary device in which virtue is ultimately rewarded or vice punished, often in modern literature by an ironic twist of fate intimately related to the character's own conduct.

Bad things happen to good people all the time, Andy, for no reason what-so-ever...
Jed, "Malice"

The truth of God's love is not that he allows bad things to happen. It's His promise that He'll be here with us when they do.
Clark Davis, "Love Comes Softly"

My Karma ran over your dogma.

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