How then does bad things happen to good people? If grace is an unearned favor then why is there sickness or injustice in the world? If humanity is worthy of God’s grace, then why would he let evil happen? When God created the heavens and earth and everything in it, including mankind, he said it is good. Then because of mankind’s disobedience to the one rule God gave them, they were cursed and the good world God created was no more. Evil entered the world from the disobedience and fall of Adam and Eve. Therefore the response can be found in Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5:45 he says, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (King James Bible). It is not so much that God purposes to cause pain and injustice in the world, but more so a result of the fallen state dating back to the days of Adam and Even.
However, because of God’s grace He created a way to woo mankind back to him. The second defining characteristic of grace is it’s redeeming power. Grace could be better understood by the acronym God’s righteousness at Christ’s expense. But what exactly does that mean? When Adam and Eve fell in the garden, they deserved death because God told them if they ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that they would surely die. Yet, God did not keep his promise of death to them, instead he banished them from the garden and all the blessings it encompassed. When mankind deserved justice, God instead chose His goodness attribute to redeem humanity back to Him. The path He chose for redemption was through the sacrificial offering of His Son—Jesus Christ. Through Christ’s death on the cross, He took away the sins of the world and reopened the door of relationship with God. The beauty of the redemptive plan of grace is Christ’s sacrificial death did not turn a blind eye to sin, but instead acknowledges sin without condemning the person. God does not condemn the world for their sin, but says I know what you did and it does not matter, I still love you.
A proper perspective is required to understand how God distributes grace. The next part of the definition of grace establishes grace as a gift (Dollard 12-13). Apostle Paul says, in Ephesians 3:7, “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working