Why does God Let Bad Things Happen to Good People?
We have all asked this question, and the truth is, it is a question most struggle with.
Well Kirk Cameron has addressed this age-old question in his new documentary Unstoppable.
Unstoppable is set to show in partnership with Liberty University at theaters across America for one night only on Tuesday, September 24 (information and tickets can be found here).
On the radio at GlennBeck.com, Glenn spoke to actor Kirk Cameron about his new documentary Unstoppable. Kirk’s first film, Monumental, explored America’s founding principles, and his latest endeavor tackles a more theological theme that revolves around one of the most frequently asked questions: Why does God let bad things happen to good people?
Read an excerpt from the interview below:
GLENN: I am proud to call as a friend Kirk Cameron who is just a great, great guy. We worked with him on his movie Monumental, and we urge you to go see that. And if you haven’t seen it yet, go rent it. Go buy it. Monumental, it’s phenomenal. He’s got a new movie out coming September 24th called Unstoppable, and it’s based on the idea of, how can there be a God? How can he possibly let all these things happen? And where is your faith? Kirk Cameron, welcome to the program. How are you, Kirk?
KIRK CAMERON: Good morning. I’m doing great, Glenn. Nice to be talking with you.
GLENN: So tell me what tell me the motivation behind the movie that you’ve made.
KIRK CAMERON: Boy, you’ve still got me thinking about all these things you were just talking about before, before we started talking. I’ve got to switch gears here. The reason that I made Unstoppable was because this is this is something that’s been gnawing at me lately because one of my very good friends, a 15 year old boy, Matthew Sangren, just passed away and died of cancer. In fact, last night I was in the emergency room with my grandfather who’s just had a couple of heart attacks, and we’re praying and we’re singing and other families are weeping and wailing because of tragedy in their life, and this has just hit so close to home for me recently that I wanted to get to the bottom of this, of this faith wrecking question: Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering. And I’m trying to approach the subject without just an intellectual apologetic treatise connecting the dots between a loving god and the real existence of evil and tragedy but offering a holistic, emotional and spiritual answer that is nourishing to people’s faith and helps them come out the other side of trials with their faith stronger rather than shredded and destroyed.
GLENN: I will tell you, Kirk, I am really concerned because I think we have such a lack of understanding, as a society and whole, a lack of understanding of who God is and how He works and how tragedy fits into that and everything else and, you know, just exactly what you’re addressing. And I really, truly believe that with the dark days that could be on our horizon that they will be dark days because too many people will say, “Well, there can’t be a God, and He’s just…” and there will be others that say, “Well, He’s angry at us” and everything else. No. No. God is there to comfort and to guide. And as we go astray, we will have the punishments ourselves because we are our walking on the wrong path will be our own punishment. He is always is there and He’s always loving. And too many people I just saw it in our own circle of friends. Somebody passed away and they were inconsolable. The family was inconsolable. And Tania and I walked away and we said, you know, they claim they’re Christians, but they don’t really even understand the real† they will say, “Well, we’re going to see him again,” but they don’t believe it. And that’s the difference. If you really believe it, if you really apply it, tragedy can become something that is uplifting in a strange sort of way.
KIRK CAMERON: Well, I think that so much of what you’re saying resonates in all of us. We understand that God has a plan for things and- but often we’re just wrestling and struggling to understand what that plan is. And my approach in dealing with this question is I’m thinking, wait a minute. If maybe maybe I’m so close to my pain that I can’t see past it... Read the Full Interview Here at Glennbeck.com
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