Why does God allow young people to die?
It always feels unfair when we see a young
person die, and we feel that there must be a
reason for it. But the truth is, that none of us
is guaranteed a long life. Death is the great
common denominator, and will affect all of us,
sooner or later. On a planet of time and space,
mortals are subject to accidents and sickness, and
sometimes people suffer from the actions of
others...it is not necessarily God's will that
people die prematurely. Jesus was a very young person when
he died, and his death was brought about - not
because God wanted him to die in such a way - but
as a consequence of others' actions. God could
have intervened, but he did not. We have to trust
that there is a greater good that is served by
letting life (and death) unfold in very human
Our lives here are short, relatively speaking,
but whether they are decades long, or only months
long, our destiny remains the same. God knows and
loves each individual, and every individual will
have the same opportunity to progress in the
Father's kingdom on high. We may feel a keen sense
of loss over the death of anyone, especially a
young person, but it should be heartening to know
that our loved one is still safe, still cared-for,
and still a beloved member of the family of God.
Remember, this is only our first life - we have an
eternity ahead of us in which we will fellowship
with our loved ones and progress with them to an
From The Urantia Book:
only the beginning of an endless career of
adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an
eternal voyage of discovery.
(156:5.8) Lighten your
burdens of soul by speedily acquiring a long-
distance view of your destiny, a universe
expansion of your career.
...and, I might add, the destiny of the young
who appear to die prematurely.