Andrew Garrett, likes deep questions
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I believe that God does exist and I am endeavoring to prove that to myself through meditation.
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Here is what I've learned from spiritual masters. I may be butchering it though.
In the eternal Bliss of Spirit, the Unmanifest Absolute, there is no good or bad. There is only eternally existing, ever conscious, ever new Bliss or sat-chit-ananda. There are no differences, there is no relativity.
From this, God the Creator manifested the illusory universe by differentiating Himself, which is Spirit, into all the seemingly separate beings and matter and energy of the universe. This is all a dream in the Mind of God, God is dreaming you and you are in essence one with God.
However, you descended from this state of merely playing a part in this blissful dream when you misused your powers of reason and free will and became lost in ignorance. This is not your only lifetime.
Through ignorance of God's laws you have created evil for yourself. You may appear good to society but by holding attachments, desires/cravings, and aversions you are like a child touching her hand on a hot stove after your parents warned you that it was hot. Perhaps more accurately, you ate poisoned honey which despite tasting sweet at first later caused you much pain.
This is not the whole story though, because there is also an objective evil force in the universe that is a direct consequence of the dualistic nature of this illusory universe. Without this Evil there would be no Good. And yet God as Spirit transcends both good and evil and is always calling you home to Oneness with Him in Spirit. He honors your free will though, so you must demand the wisdom that is your rightful inheritance to cure you of ignorance.
You can wake up from the dream (the seemingly endless lives of suffering through both good and bad) with sincere effort through meditation, prayer, and right actions, setting God as your one all-consuming desire.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else shall be added unto you.
The kingdom is within you.
Please take this with a grain of salt though. I'm no enlightened master, I'm merely striving to become one.