URGENT: You Can Help Hurricane Florence Victims, Here's How...

Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

My Friend Told Me Everything Happens for a Reason - Does the Bible Agree?

Jarrid Wilson

The following is a transcribed Video Q&A, so the text may not read like an edited article would. Scroll to the bottom to view this video in its entirety. 

"Everything happens for a reason is one of those statements that a lot of people use to comfort those who are going through a hard time. A lot of times we say it and we don't actually realize what we're saying but, it's just kind of that go to phrase, 'Hey, don't worry, everything happens for a reason and you're gonna be okay.' But, what we don't realize and I know, theologically, I'm on one side of the coin and there's people who are on the other side of the coin with this and that's okay, but the reason I don't like that statement is because when we're telling somebody that everything happens for a reason. Don't worry guys, God is here. Everything happens for a reason ... what you're basically telling that person, depending on what they just went through is you got raped for a reason, your child died of cancer for a reason, your husband got into a car accident for a reason, your son drown for a reason, and that is completely opposite of the good and loving God that I know and that I read in the Bible.

What I think is better for us to say is not that everything happens for a reason but, that God can redeem all things and give them a purpose. Those are two completely different statements and I think this one, that God can redeem all things for a purpose, is a lot more biblically sound than just lofting out everything happens for a reason. And that's a lot more comforting too. To say that 'Listen, God is with you in this and he can redeem this terrible broken situation, whatever you're going through and give it a purpose.' To me, for them to say 'God can take these terrible situations and redeem them and give them a purpose' that's a lot more comforting than just saying, 'Hey, everything happens for a reason.'"

Subscribe to the Crosswalk.com YouTube page!

Like Crosswalk.com on Facebook!





Follow Crosswalk.com