Yes, there’s a reason for everything. It’s called “Cause and effect.” Tectonic plates shift: earthquake. Cells go haywire: cancer, or auto-immune disease. God does not curse us because He’s a pissy micro-manager who hasn’t got anything better to do with His time than punish us for our mistakes or the mistakes of our great, great, great grandfathers. Not my God, anyway.
People who believe such things are hoping to make sense of the randomness of reality. They want to think they have some level of control over what happens to them. “If I do things just right I won’t get raped, or get cancer. Only bad people have houses fall on them.” We all know the Witch of the West was Wicked, right?
I recently heard a woman say her tragic loss happened “for a reason.” I don’t believe that, and to some extent I believe what she really meant was, “We can learn from even the most horrible experiences.” That I do believe.
No experience is meaningless, unless we let it be.