Why is life so unfair?

Why is life so unfair?

It’s natural to think that life is unfair, especially when we, or those we love are hurt in some way. We can also look around the world and look at the disparity of wealth, quality of healthcare, and availability of food and shelter. Why do some people live in relative peace and others in the midst of constant turmoil and war? One part of the answer is that we live in a fallen world. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, all of creation was condemned.  Man’s basic instinct is to control the world around him and that often means trying to control other people and their property.

There is another reason for perceived unfairness. God is sovereign and everything, including weather and other natural disasters are under his control. From our point of view, we may see those disasters as an example of unfairness. It is possible that God sees it differently? In Bible we read this about God:

“…He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”.

Matthew 5:45

God loves all of His creation equally and is not a “respecter of persons”. Life may not seem fair, but God is just. He gives us all equal amounts of grace and mercy to allow us to grow through the circumstances that this unfair life causes us to go through. Sometimes what we think of as unfairness is a result of bad decisions, by us or others.  However, God’s desire is for each one of us to be saved and live with Him forever, at peace, secure in His love for us. Jesus comforts us with these words:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

The circumstances of this world can get us down sometimes, but take heart and anticipate His return!

 
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Why is life unfair? Why does life hurt so much?

Why is life unfair? Why does life hurt so much?

This life is not fair and hurts. When this life hurts, we can draw upon God for comfort and love. We are all imperfect people who are given the freedom, out of love for us by God, to make choices. When we make choices out of selfishness, pride, anger, fear or any other negative emotion or motive, we hurt others, but even more, hurt ourselves. This is sin, or missing the best that God desires for us and started with Adam and Eve disobeying God in the Garden of Eden.God can use anything, even evil, done to us for our own good.

God cares more about our character and heart than anything, and allows us to go through hurt and pain, so that we can grow and mature. We can thank God that he is just, and isn’t fair with us either. We have failed and hurt God by our actions most of all. God, out of his love for us, sent his only son, who was perfect and without sin, to Earth to take upon himself the sins of everyone, not just us, so that we could enjoy a life in relationship to Him. Jesus dying in our place was unfair, but necessary, for God’s best for all of us.