Religious Beliefs on the Power of Good and the Power of Evil

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Religious Beliefs on the Power of Good and the Power of Evil

Evil is non-existent, it is the absence of good in the world. Christians believe there are two types of evil; moral evil and natural evil. Moral evil is when people are deliberately cruel or uncaring, or a kind of wrong that happens due to human wickedness. Natural evil, is suffering caused because of natural evil, such as floods, disease, fires and earthquakes. It is also believed by some Christians, that evil is only a force.

Christians have different views that question the existence of good and evil. Some Christians blame evil on the Devil, also known as Satan. Satan is believed to be the enemy of God, who rules in Hell and who
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the Passion). Evil can be conquered and hope will be given to those who suffer for eternal life:

'There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin. He only could unlock the gates of Heaven and let us in.' Words of a hymn sung at Easter.

Christianity also teaches that God is loving and forgiving. Although everyone has done wrong, they will be forgiven if they are truly sorry because of their faith in Christ.

To distinguish the difference between good and evil, Christians believe that God gave us a conscience. Whether we choose to go with our consciences, it is up to us as we have the free will to do so. He knows if we will obey or disobey him but it still comes down to God wanting us to have a free will to choose our own path to follow in life. It is as if God is trying to teach us a lesson about what is good and what is evil before we reach Heaven.

The Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Jesus is important to modern day Christians, as it gives a message of support from God. Though suffering is not pleasant, good can come of it. If we look at the example of Christ, he had to suffer but rose from death. Jesus experienced physical suffering when he made his way to Golgotha or 'The Place of the Skull' (Mark 15:22). Several Christians argue that Mark wrote so much about suffering as he wanted to emphasise what it meant to follow
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