Bad things happen to everyone. Illness. Job loss. Financial ruin. Sometimes, people we love very much die. Sometimes we don't know if they're saved. Sometimes we're certain they're not.Sometimes, our hopes for our children are shattered, and we look for someone to blame, even if it's God, even if it's ourselves.Sometimes, bizarre circumstances will arise to defeat us every time we stand on our feet.Sometimes, someone is taken from us in a senseless, violent waste of human life.We aren't safe from these things because we're Christians.Why aren't we? If God is good, and great, and gives good gifts to His children, then why is it still possible for us to be hounded by misfortune?Does God punish us? If He was punishing us, wouldn't He tell us what we were doing wrong so that we could straighten up and please Him? (I do have a friend - not on here- who struggles with this)Does God make you guess what the plan is? If not, how far will He go to be certain you get the right idea? (Shades of Jonah, here - but remember, Jonah knew perfectly well he was supposed to go before any enormous fish/whales got involved)In Christ, through Christ, we can do anything - even survive and be at peace as our world dissolves into madness around us. But why can't we simply avoid the madness?I actually know several scriptures that relate to many of these questions :) However, I am not very good at attaching chapter and verse numbers to them. I read the Bible story by story in context - I ignore the verse numbers. So if you've got the chapter and verse reference, by all means share it.My church covered this in the Life of Job series, too, but it's a major question for a lot of people, Christians and non-Christians alike.And last, which is more important: figuring out why bad things happen, or doing what we are called to do about them?