This is a reply to a comment on Gretawire. It turned out to be so long, that I have posted it here. It was in response to some comments about the Joran van der Sloot case.
I do believe the scriptures show that all deeds are rewarded in kind, if not now and immediately, then in due season.
There are natural laws, there are spiritual laws.
For example, consider the law of gravity. Drop an apple, it will fall.
If someone understands the law of aerodynamics, a plane can be engineered to overcome the law of gravity.
The Bible also explains spiritual laws. This is where society, as a whole, has gone off track. While individuals may believe in spiritual law, the general consensus of secular society at this general period of time is that anyone can do what they want and it doesn’t matter and there are no consequences, provided you can get away with it.
That is contrary to spiritual law. There are many spiritual laws we are under. Jesus taught them, as well as them being taught in the Old Testament. I will give just a couple of possibilities of why things can happen to what we call “good people” though Jesus, speaking as the son of man, did not even call himself good and said, there is none good but one, that is God, (recognizing he was the Son of God as well as the son of man).
One possibility…not tithing…Malachi 3:9-12 “Ye are cursed with a curse…” People can be otherwise doing good works yet not tithing and it brings a curse upon them. It’s the law.
Another possibility…curses carry on within family generations until they are broken… for example…Haiti. Pat Robertson was correct in his statement regarding Haiti and witchcraft. These things are real. He was ridiculed in the press.
People may ridicule spiritual law and state that only natural scientific laws are recognized. God has a way of dealing with people like that and bringing them to their knees eventually. God has a way of allowing situations where everything that used to work for the person…connections, money, power, influence, family, job, whatever…stops working until a person acknowledges the reality of God. “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
That is a place of great arrogance in mankind. “If I can’t see it, I don’t believe it.” X-rays existed before X-ray machines were invented to see the effects of x-rays.
Obviously, this discussion could go on for pages, but I’ve taken enough space and hope I’ve given some food for thought about why bad things happen to good people.