The Problem Of Evil : Why Do Innocent People Suffer? Essay

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Monotheists, those who believe there is one good, often converse about the “problem of evil”. They discuss this topic by asking questions such as, is God good and just? Is God all-powerful? Lastly, why do innocent people suffer? Although there is not just one correct answer to this question, many people aim to resolve the arguments by saying that God can in fact be unjust, He is not powerful in all cases, or innocent people suffer because they have committed sin and God is punishing them. Throughout the book of Job, the three presented questions are constantly being displayed and argued by Job and his friends. Job presented as a blameless man, who is upright and fears God, thus he turns away from evil. He is a wealthy man, as he was considered the greatest of all the people in the East (Job1:1-3). Each day that his children held a feast in their homes, Job would rise early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for their sins as he felt this was what God would want from him (Job 1:5). During this time, the Lord and Satan essentially work together in order for the Lord to know what people are disobeying his commandments. Satan challenges the Lord’s unfaltering belief that Job is a good man, by stating that Job will curse him eventually (Job 1:8-12). Although Job has not sinned, Satan decides to punish him severely, causing for him to lose all of his property and children (Job 1:13-19). Despite this huge loss, Job still strips himself and prays to the Lord asking for his

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