The Problem of Evil Essay

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“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (Lewis, 1994, p. 91). Throughout history man has had to struggle with the problem of evil. It is one of the greatest problems of the world. Unquestionably, there is no greater challenge to man’s faith then the existence of evil and a suffering world. The problem can be stated simply: If God is an all-knowing and all-loving God, how can He allow evil? If God is so good, how can He allow such bad things to happen?Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people? These are fundamental questions that many Christians and non-Christians set out to answer. It is perhaps the most difficult…show more content…
Examples of moral evil are crime, war, and cruelty. While moral evil can be explained by man having free will, and the choices they make, natural evil seems to simply be there in the creation that God has made (Erickson, 2000, p.438). With this in mind, man has come up with three conclusions about the problem of evil. God does exist and He has the power to prevent evil, in turn giving Him the power to permit evil. God exist and He does not have the power to stop evil, meaning He is not all-powerful or all-knowing, or God simply does not exist (Cowan & Spiegel, 2009, p. 297). If God is willing to stop evil but is not able, He is impotent. If God is able to prevent evil but is not willing, He is malicious. Some Theories There is no single argument for the problem of evil. Actually, there are numerous arguments that can be classified into three categories. The members of the first group will believe that the theistic God does not exist. The second group members will spend their time attempting to show that the existence of such a being as God is improbable, and the third group will show how the existence of both God and evil is possible while God is all-knowing and all-loving. Step by Step There are four general debates to the problem of evil, and there are numerous debates within their subtext. Primarily, evil is not an object, a body, or an individual. All beings are either the Maker or

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