“Everything happens for a reason”
What a rubbish statement. If you don’t believe in God, that’s insane. If you do believe in God, that’s insane.
The Bible begins with (and keeps going on about) the fact that the world is fallen. Sin is real. While God has the power to rule, he chooses to let us have free will and make our own choices. This means that everything that happens is not necessarily the will of God.
I have issues with Christians who say ‘It must have been God’s will and we just don’t understand it’. Utter rubbish*. Clearly not everything that happens is God’s will. Otherwise we’d be in heaven. We have the power to choose.
It’s God’s will that a woman is beaten? It’s God’s will that a child dies of cancer? It’s God’s will that a bushfire kills most of a family leaving behind a 12 year old girl? Of course not. No thinking person would believe this if they thought through the implications of that initial statement. The Bible is very clear that not everything that happens on earth is the will of God. Free will ensures not everything that happens is the will of God. I’m not sure I need to say much more on the subject. We live in a fallen world that often doesn’t represent God’s will, and I feel sad when Christians, often out of a sense of frustration and lack of understanding, throw around the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason”.
*Not always I know. I just hate the way this phrase is thrown around so freely.