Christian Worldview Integration
Dr. Carl B. Smith II
Its impossible to reflect on the origins of evil without bringing up the concept of free will. God created man with this idea of choice; the choice to believe and obey, or the choice to disobey. It was this free will that allowed Adam and Eve to fall from their initial glory and introduce evil and suffering into the world. We can justify a large amount of sustained suffering by acknowledging that it actually benefits us and is not incompatible with God's loving nature. We learn lessons both physically and spiritually that allows us to grow and mature according to God. Some suffering is used to spark revival or for a great advancement in his kingdom, cause after all we're here for his glory alone. We have the end to look forward to when God defeats evil and suffering once and for all and we share in his glorified kingdom.
1: This film taxed me emotionally as I struggled to separate the arguments in the overwhelming setting of Auschwitz. I was speechless throughout most of the film and spiritually shocked by the end. From the initial blasphemy by the arrogant Moche to Rabbi Akiba apostatizing at the end of the trial we were given a wide spectrum of powerful arguments in a very direct cut and dry method of delivery. The entire room held their breathe for the duration of the free will testimony given by Lieble which for me was the most heart wrenching point in this movie. Altogether I can say I've never been at such a heightened sense of emotion during a film before this.
2: I think we as Christians call all identify with Kuhn, the father of Mordechai not only for the defense of God during such blasphemy but for his sacrifice in place of his wayward son. In today’s world its hard not to feel like the only one in the room or the office with any sense or morality. It's also very easy for us to look at the sorrow in today’s world and justify God's wrath by means of our own disobedience and his sovereign