Here's a link to an interview I recently did with Theresa Cheung on her White Shores podcast. We were talking about my new book Earth is a School. Theresa was a very sympathetic host and I would like to thank her for having me on her show.
Listening back, I notice that I didn't properly answer her question about why bad things happen to good people, especially children. That's the hardest question for we all know that they do. To talk about karma from previous lives might be true but can also seem somewhat dismissive, almost as though these bad things don't really matter or were somehow deserved. I believe many bad experiences are the result of karma and do contain lessons but I don't see how one can honestly apply this rule to all of them and in particular to those of children. The only answer I can give is that in a fallen world, which this is, there is evil and the only way for God to remove that would be to override free will which, once given, he cannot do or it would be conditional which it cannot be if it is truly to be free. However, I also believe that all tears, especially those that arise from the activity of evil, will be wiped away and we will be compensated for all suffering. Perhaps also those that suffer unjustly carry and transmute some of the pain of the world just as Jesus did and that sacrifice is their heroic gift to life.