Why does the Lord allow good people to be hurt sometimes? The people of Alma are a good example of this. Away from wicked King Noah, Alma had set up a church and his followers were righteous. Yet, in this goodness, they were tricked by evil men and placed into bondage. They were protected from death (see verses 28 -29) buy they suffered a terrible bondage at the hands of the Lamanites and the escaped priests of Noah, who had joined the Lamanites. Why was this allowed? I see a couple of reasons:
- The Lord doesn't interfere with the free agency (or freedom of choice) of anyone, not even the wicked. He gives us all many chances to choose good over wickedness. Those who choose wickedness eventually bring His harsh judgment upon themselves.
- It’s very easy to be righteous when everything is going well. Verse 21 suggests that one way that the Lord tries the faith of His people is by allowing even good people to be hurt sometimes.