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Bad Things Happen to Good People

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The simple-minded or [[Triumphalism|triumphalistic]] view of some believers is that those who trust in God should be protected from all harm. Good people deserve good things; bad people deserve bad things. For such people, the experience that innocent people suffer and wicked people prosper often causes them to lose their "faith" in God. They have built their house on sand and it is no wonder that it collapses when the first storm strikes it.
:"Studies in traumatic events suggest a possible link between suffering, anger toward God, and doubts about God’s existence. According to Cook and Wimberly (1983), 33% of parents who suffered the death of a child reported doubts about God in the first year of bereavement. In another study, 90% of mothers who had given birth to a profoundly retarded child voiced doubts about the existence of God (Childs, 1985). Our survey research with undergraduates has focused directly on the association between anger at God and self-reported drops in belief (Exline et al., 2004). In the wake of a negative life event, anger toward God predicted decreased belief in God’s existence."[http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/01/when-atheists-are-angry-at-god] As I see it, [The [the Book of Job]] was written precisely to demolish the idea that innocent suffering is inconsistent with God's goodness.
'''Theodicy''' is the branch of theology that addresses these kinds questions.

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