Why do bad things happen to us? It is the question of the ages. I have not found a near death account that adequately answers this question. So I have had to get it from God Himself during prayer. And this is the answer:
When we were all babies in spirit heaven, we loved our Heavenly Father and Mother very much. They were so good to us. We loved them. We obeyed them, most of the time. We really wanted to have what they have. We really wanted to be like them. And because we are their children, it is natural for us to want to grow up to be like them.
However, we were so dependent on them. We needed them for everything we had, and we looked to them for all our emotional needs. How in the world could we ever become independent from them...
This was a dilemma, and so Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother devised a situation to help us become independent from them. First of all, we would have to be separated from them. Then, everything awful would have to happen to us. We would have to have proof that we were alone (though we never are). We had to believe that God is bad because of what He allows us to go through. We had to believe that He delights in our pain, because He allows it.
And then would come the test. Are we going to be kind to our brothers and sisters, even when our own Heavenly parents are unkind to us? Are we going to be good for the sake of goodness, or are we going to allow our illusion of God to be an excuse for doing everything horrendous under the sun?
Are we going to "fight for the right, without question or cause, to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause?" (from the lyrics of "The Impossible Dream.")
We are completely justified in being unkind to people. Because God is unkind to us (or appears that way). So what are we going to do?
What we do is going to determine if we will allow our earthly experiences to make us spiritually "grown up." When this is complete, we won't need our Heavenly Father telling us what to do anymore, we will do what is right in every situation because that is what we want, not because we are trying to be like God. Therefore it is necessary for God to appear to be evil for a time, so we can prove to ourselves that we love truth and righteousness more than our illusion of God. Will we forsake even God if what He does is against truth and righteousness?
If we are angry or rebellious because of the things God makes us go through, that is okay to God for now. He would rather us feel abandoned by Him so that we can prove to ourselves that we will do what is right even if our own God won't. That we are against pain and suffering at all costs, whether God turns out to be good or bad in the end.
So we get to choose our destiny. If we choose to be kind and fight for the right no matter what happens to us at the hands of God, then we will become gods ourselves, haven proven ourselves worshipers of truth at all costs.
What would you be willing to do for truth? Will you sacrifice father and mother, wealth and fame, goodness and glory, sanity and health, and even God Himself if He turns out to be against truth?
One of Satan's best ploys is to play god. You may think you are serving the true god, only to find out you are serving Satan. Unless your works are to pick up the cross and overcome the wiles of the flesh, you are serving the wrong one and probably don't even know it.In the bible dictionary, under Devil, it states:
"One of the major techniques of the devil is to cause human beings to think they are following God’s ways, when in reality they are deceived by the devil to follow other paths." (www.lds.org under: scriptures: study helps: bible dictionary).
Truth, kindness, love unfeigned, repentance, forgiveness (which is harder than repentance for he who does not forgive has the greater sin upon him) and on and on. These are the real fruits to the spirit.
I testify that God really never abandons us, though it does appear that way at times. Even Jesus Christ had to endure feelings of being abandoned when He suffered in Gethsemane. In His great agony, He finally cried out in a loud voice, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).
God rules over us day and night, and uses His power to bless us if we would only exercise faith to obey Him. He loves us so much. Every thing we go through in this life is so we can develop an inner sense of right and wrong, and so we can learn. How sweet it will be when we get to see Him again, and remember Him, and to have our life's review where we see that we were never alone, and that God was with us, holding us, loving us, nurturing and guiding us. He has never left us alone. We are and always have been in His mind and in His sight and more often then not, we are held in His arms. He loves us. He weeps for us, and He pleads for us to turn from our carnal ways and turn to Him so we can be filled with a spirit of love towards Him.
It is up to you.
The times prophesied in Daniel are being fulfilled. I finished reading and studying the book of Daniel today, and I realized that at the end of the book there is a very specific time frame for when the Lord will return. According to my personal studies I am led to believe that the time of the second coming of the Lord will be very soon. Wether this is true or not, I hope we are all on our knees worshipping the Lord and then serving Him with all our might every day and working and striving to overcome our evil habits so we will be ready to stand before Him with joy and not terror at the great day of the coming of our Lord. Let us prepare for it will be as a thief in the night.