You may have heard about the little boy who went to the ballgame with his grandfather. Well, as luck would have it, the little boy somehow wondered off and couldn’t find his grandfather. The little boy got scared and asked a security guard if he would help him find his grandfather. The security guard asked, “What’s he like?” The little boy said: “Sausage biscuits and Andy Griffith reruns!”

Needless to say the little boy was confused by the question. Sometimes questions can be confusing, but so can the answers! Life is filled with all sorts of tough questions and difficult answers. One of the toughest questions is why bad things happen to good people. The answer is not any easier.

Either the world is created and every little detail of daily life is preprogrammed to go a certain way or it is the case that the world is created and natural laws were put in place to govern the affairs of men. If one believes every little action is preprogrammed to go exactly that way, then mankind is not responsible for the crimes committed against the innocent. So, neither accountability nor responsibility rests upon the shoulders of anyone.

However, if natural laws were created to basically govern mankind, then each individual is both accountable and responsible for their behavior. This part is easy to understand. The hard part comes when it deals with the tragedies caused by the laws of nature…and that one is almost impossible to explain. All one can say is that sin disturbed natural laws and the entire creation itself shifted off its original mark. But, know one thing for sure: God loves us and so do His people!

That the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now (Romans 8:21-22).