Christians' Beliefs on Good and Evil Essay examples

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Christians' Beliefs on Good and Evil Christians may believe many different things about the power of good and the power of evil. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that God is all good and perfect. They teach that God perfectly loves; they also teach that God has the power to do anything (omnipotence). But there are all kinds of evil things in the world that cause people to suffer. These include moral evil, natural evil; such as floods, disease, hurricanes, fires and earthquakes. Some Christians believe many causes for this but one main opinion and belief is that there is evil in the world because of the Devil. The devil is believed to be the enemy of God and tries to make humanity turn away from…show more content…
Satan simply corrupts what is good. So, love is corrupted into lust, determination into selfish ambition, leadership into tyranny, discernment into judgement and so on. Philosophical dualism has no place in Christianity. God has no equal. Goodness and evil are not equally powerful. Satan and all the powers of evil are subject to God, not only ultimately but also in the here and now. In addition Evil has already been defeated in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, although the effects of it are still seen and experienced. In the book of Revelation, the stage is set for a climactic confrontation between the forces of good and evil. In the event, the war turns out to be a distinctly low-key event for the battle has already been won. Our world, however, is in an 'in between' phase. Evil has been defeated but its ultimate destruction is still to take place. Satan's life span is limited, his days are numbered and he knows it. God's promise is that Satan's power, already under his divine control, will be eradicated in the end (Revelation 9-21). Furthermore a person's concept of what is good and what is evil may have a lot to do with their background. The Pharisees believed they were doing the right things, and many people had grown up to believe the Pharisees were doing the right things. Paul, in his earlier life was one example of this. Similarly in the
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