Why Does God Punish Good People and Reward the Bad Guys?
A relative of mine recently told me: “Uday, my husband has cancer – that too diagnosed in a very advanced stage. He has been very good and pious. He has helped everybody, loved everybody and done nothing wrong in his life. Still god has punished him…”
When an innocent good student brutally raped in Manipal, a friend there told me: “There are lot of freaky bad girls who spent time in pubs and dating – nothing happens to them. God is blind and there is no justice…”
I used to hear such sad things that would make us sad and upset. Father of a newly-wed told me: “Her husband is totally immoral, drunkard, cheat and corrupt. He had some diseases too. She was a real gem of a human and I never ever thought god would cheat her like this…”
Why god is so cruel?
“World is unfair to me” is a popular complaint. Recently another friend of mine, Joyson Abraham, raised the similar complaint that despite he follow all “God’s rule”, the life was unfair.
“Joyson, I understand that you follow certain set of principles in life. I know you follow all do’s and don’ts of your religion …” I said.
“Yes- still I had this shocking setback in life. My only son is having suffering from Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer) bone-marrow cancer…We have been living a pious life…” his eyes were filled.
Every time somebody cries, I can’t control my emotions too. Sad stories makes me also cry. But I make sure that I recover almost instantly.
I told him: “I know that you are a good man. But being good socially, legally, spiritually (means religion-wise or cult-wise), doesn’t necessarily mean you are dharmically good. Unfortunately, we know nothing about the rules and laws that govern the universe…”
“But the God told us how to live”
“The statements like “God wants us to do like this so that you will be rewarded or God asked us to live like this or else you will be sent to rotten hell” are either just fallacies of human mind or the people who made such statements were hallucinating. All the “good” and “bad” mentioned in the Holy books are related to man and his society. God has to consider everything broadly. When God becomes good to viruses it will be bad news for affected person. So, God won’t take side, it is us who takes side.”
“You mean to say there is no point in such beliefs of good and bad?”
“Joyson, it is good to have beliefs. Beliefs have someplacebo effects. But beliefs cannot be truth. Whatever being told to us as ‘gGd’ commands, are very good poetic or philosophical imagination of some brilliant people who considered themselves as prophets or god-sent-messengers. There are some truths in it. But mostly, all those set of principles are based on their CONCEPT of god. And the concepts are developed by the conditioning and learning that they had. Most of those concepts of god are similar to the story of the blind men and an elephant. Of course, they may have touched some part of cosmic secrets as “god’s words” but not in its entire form. Had they revealed the actual cosmic laws on good and bad, we would have clear explanation to whatever happens in life…”
“So being good is no guarantee…”
“When you say, being good, you have to add this: “I am being good based on the conditioning or concepts (religious or ideological) that I have about the good.” It is a subjective good but not cosmic good….”
“Life is so unfair and uncertain…”
“The inconsistency of life makes it most beautiful. We do not know why bad things happen to good people like you. Our ego needs reasoning, so we find some stupid reasons to satisfy the ego. There can be many obvious reasons for bad things to happen – genetic diseases, harm done by others, natural calamities, accidents, financial losses. There may be intangible reasons like result of bad karma in this life or past. We do not know. It rains on everyone, irrespective of you being good or bad. Things happen whether you are good or bad. There are ups and downs in life, irrespective of you being good and bad. Why should you associate it with your beliefs?”
“So there is no point in living a good man’s life…”
“Please be good for the sake of being good. When you are being good and expecting goodness in return, then it becomes a barter system or trade. Let’s be good for a larger cause, not for individual cause. Lord Rama have shown us that life is all about struggle, miseries and hardship. So we have to re-define our concepts of happiness or goodness. Happiness is in struggle and hard work, not in the result. Being good should give you eternal happiness, so why should you expect something in return? We should do good karma, without any expectations…” I told him.
“This is just a philosophy – it can’t run in everyday life…”Joyson said.
“Please tell me, practically, what else you can do now? Any situation in life is provided with cosmic wisdom. So worrying about that situation is insulting god’s wisdom. When bad things happen to good people, they should tend to become better, not bitter. Please give good moments to your boy in rest of his life. Provide him with quality of life till last moment…A flash of lightning is momentary, but it blazes across the sky brightening up entire surroundings. Let’s live a bright life with sharing and caring. Let’s touch at least few people’s life. What more can you achieve in your life?”
From: “YOU DON’T EAT A LION DOESN’T MEAN LION WON’T EAT YOU” ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZGKDY8 )
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