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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Innocent People?

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Innocent People?

Every day, I get dozens of emails from people responding to the†Daily Flame, the daily messages from your Inner Pilot Light that remind you who you are and invite you to tap into your own divine truth.

Some of the emails are worth sharing, like this one, that refers to†the post I wrote about how God helps me write these messages.

Dear Lissa,

I love the Daily Flame and have been particularly inspired or lifted up on days with language that was written directly to me, so yes, Lissa, God is helping you write sometimes.† But Iím actually writing for another reason.† Do you have any words of wisdom on how to make sense of horrible stories like the Dad who probably murdered his wife and then got his 5 and 7 year old sons from a social worker who brought them over for a supervised visit, used an axe on them and then blew up the house?

I can’t seem to shake this horrible story. A man who was in jail for murder and served only 4 years was recently let out and tried to abduct a 7† year old girl. Another 7 year old girl was brutally raped and murdered nearby.

As a divorced mom of 3, it makes me want to keep my kids at home, but also it makes me ask why God allowed that to happen. It makes me feel helpless and doomed over my problems that seem trivial in comparison to these.† How do you get beyond this or make sense of this? Where is God in these cases?



Dear A,

I’d love to answer your question fully but of course, I can’t.

Why do bad things happen to good, innocent, faith-filled people? Where is God in this?

My simple answer (and there is no simple answer) is that, if there is a “higher purpose,” a Divine plan, if you will, we can’t ever foresee it, so something that looks horrible may wind up being a piece of a much larger puzzle we just can’t understand.

For example, when I experienced my Perfect Storm six years ago, four “horrible,” life-altering losses happened to me – three of them within two weeks, all four within six months.

I felt like “Why me?” I was a good person. Why was I getting punished?

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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1:49PM PST on Dec 12, 2012


1:45PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

because "God" is a scam and your attitude dictates a lot about your life.

5:31PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

If free will is so wonderful, why don't we give it to our toddlers?
Because it would be considered neglect and abandonment.
He's the father we are the children, do the maths!

Besides he gives us free will but if we don't do what HE wants, he'll burn our asses for eternity. Sort of takes away from the word free.

5:36AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

I'm not a religious person (I prefer to think of myself as open minded, rather than prescribing to any one faith). I think you're right on the mark though Lissa.

10:31AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

quantum randomness

10:22PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

thank you for the article...i appreciate hearing your thoughts!

1:34AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

I was listening to Wayne Dyer speaking earlier on - there's plenty of guidance in his books.

2:36PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

There is no God. We build every moment of our life just by having thoughts... Have you ever heard about "The Secret"? :)

4:03AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Belief in God's justice does not stop me complaining to Him, and feeling hard done by!! It's just a natural human aggrieved response.

4:01AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

We are all at risk,and it has nothing to do with goodness or evil behaviour. Justice will come on the day of judgement, by a loving, compassionate ,caring God. He will be much more compassionate to us than we deserve, because ahe knows every aspect of our lives and judges accordingly.

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