Course and Section Number: ___THEO 202-B10 LUO___________
(e.g. THEO 202 B01)
Hamartiology: The Problem of Evil (Theodicy)
The problem with evil is perspective and to some extent a definition of terms. From our perspective Evil things are happening to good people and that doesn’t seem fair and since God is fair then there must not be a God. Well at first glance that may make sense until you start digging a little deeper. So if a tornado hits a town that would be natural evil or if somebody gets robbed that would be moral evil but either way we would be inclined to say those good people were affected by those evil things. But Jesus said in Mark 10:18 "Why do you call me good? Jesus answered. No one is good--except God alone.” so the first term to define is good, if no one is good but God then those people were not good people. This is enforced further in Romans 3:23 that states “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” So really Evil things happen to evil people but this still is hard to digest and sounds harsh so lets look at how Evil came into the world in the first place. Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” here we see it was through Adam we all suffer from the moral evil in the world and even natural evil in a result of our moral evil and Adams initial sin where he caused the once perfect earth to be cursed “To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:17) Now it is important for this explanation or theodicy to be internally consistent which is to say that is all makes sense and is logical from beginning to end, and this particular view would not hold up if is wasn’t for God loving us so much that he...
Bibliography: Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc
Please join StudyMode to read the full document