The Problem of Evil

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 27
  • Published : April 13, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
The Problem of Evil
What is Evil?

Natural Evil
Natural Evil is all the causes of suffering and includes all evil caused by natural means – not by human doing. This could include natural disasters, droughts, disease, or even being killed by an animal. In all these there is no human perpetrator to blame for the “infliction” of evil. Natural is the broad term covering all these things. Natural Evil stands in contrast to moral evil. Moral Evil

Moral evil is the broad term covering all evil where there evil “inflicted” does have a human perpetrator/s. This could include murder or rape or child abuse. These terrible crimes can only be committed by humans. Why does Evil and Suffering cause a problem for Christians and other religious people?

The problem of evil causes a problem for Christians because Christians claim belief in a God who is Omnipotent (all powerful), Omniscient (all seeing) Benevolent (all loving), perfect, good and holy. However, even with all of these traits, God does not seem to “care” that there is so much evil and suffering in the world. Even with millions of people dying of cancer every year. Murders occurring almost regularly there are many things that could be mentioned. And even with all of this going on God does not “do” anything. The questions that could be asked are: If God is all omniscient, why can’t he see the evil about to happen and then, because he is omnipotent, why can’t he stop it, or give someone the power or ideas to stop it? Surely he would want to do this because he is all loving? If God is all loving why did he create a world that can wreak such evil as hurricanes and other atrocities upon the world? And even so, if he is all powerful why can’t he stop it from happening? And surely if he truly was benevolent why wouldn’t he? A Christians Response to the Problem of Evil

As a Christian myself I shall be answering this as a personal response. The first argument is the idea of free will: Free will is the concept that...
tracking img