A Bible Study Session At The Emanuel African Methodist Church

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On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at around 9:05pm, a group of people gathered to attend a bible study session at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Roof attended the session and was welcomed by the group. An hour into their session, when the group began their prayer, Roof pulled out a glock 41 .45-caliber handgun (2015) and ended the lives of nine of the fourteen group members. In the aftermath of attack, all our nation could do is ask, “Why?” Why someone so full of hate, would take the lives of innocent people who only wished to gather and worship the Lord. Many Christian also began to ask God why? The victims, as far as we know, were good people. Why would God allow such evil to occur,…show more content…
In the book of Genesis in the Bible, God created the heavens and the Earth and all was good. God told Adam and Eve that they can eat from all the trees in the Garden of Eden except for one, The Tree of Knowledge and Good and Evil. God was and is compassionate enough to give the beings he created freedom of choice. Nobody wants someone who is forced into love. God also does not want us to be made to love Him but wants us to do so out of our own free will. That free will that God gives us is the source of evil. Just as Adam and Eve used the free will God gave them to be disobedient and sin, human beings evil because of their freedom to do so. In addition to free will God allows evil to exist because without it, the beings he created could not develop ethically. The Problem of Evil states that God cannot be all loving, all good, all powerful and everywhere because evil exists. Philosopher, John Hicks states that evil is necessary for soul and moral development. How would humans know that is good without it counterpart for comparison? In situations like the Charleston church shooting, where loved ones lives are violently taken by evil, the families of the victims are made to develop morally. When confronted with evil, violence, and grief, they either exhibit patience, love, courage, forgiveness, acceptance, and/or faith. Otherwise they conform or give into evil and become timid, weak, angry, or even become violent themselves. Without evil our world would be blissful.
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