A Bible Study Session At The Emanuel African Methodist Church

1408 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
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 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. There would be no conflict therefore no need to develop. As yin and yang describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another, in good and evil one cannot exists without the other. There are those who believe that God has nothing to do with evil because he does not exists. As well there are some that disagree that good ceases to exist without evil and that free will is the source of evil. Atheist believe that evil is an evolutionary maladaptive strategy.
Open Document