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Topics
1. Concept of good and evil
2. God and Satan
3. The problem of evil
4. Coping with suffering
5. Sources and reasons for moral behaviour
6. Possible questions


1. Concept of good and evil




The consequence of evil is suffering. Causes of evil could be: God, Satan,
freewill,…

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HaShatan is dependent on God for authority, he makes accusations, can only
act upon what God says, attempts to get others to disobey god and
essential works for God.

In the book of Chronicles, Satan influences King David:

"An Adversary (Satan) stood against Israel and enticed David to take a…

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Non-religious arguments about the existence of evil
1. God of classical theism -

Theism says that God is the creator of the world and he has qualities such as
omnipotence, omniscience and omni-benevolence.

Omnipotence - Since God created the world "ex nihilo" (out of
nothing), he has total responsibility for…

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Supported Hume. He wrote "summa Theologica", suggesting that the
existence of God with the existence of evil is logically impossible.

However Aquinas doesn't think this means that God doesn't exist, instead he
says that people assume God's goodness is the same as human goodness.
We cannot understand what it means…

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Religious views about the existence of evil

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Jewish people have had to cope with anti-Semitism throughout history -
about 600BCE Jews were taken into exile. In 70CE the temple was
destroyed again and Hews had to scatter again

"Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." Psalms 34.14



Over the centuries, some Christian groups…

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having been born to a Jewish parent. The Jews figured in Nazi ideology as
the arch-enemy of the 'Aryan race', and were targeted not merely for terror
and repression but for complete extinction. Where was God when these
things happened?

"I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with…

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4. Coping with suffering





Story of Job - Job is very contented but HaShatan wants to test his faith in God
by making him suffer. (Proving firstly that suffering is a test of faith). His animals
are killed, his children die and he is penniless and ill. However, Job does…

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Passover
The Jews suffered in Egypt and the festival is an example of how God had
saved his people. Even though they suffered terribly in Egypt, God rescued
his people and led them to the promise land.

Yom HaShoah
Yom Hashoah is a day set aside for Jews to remember…

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Yom Kippur
Known as "The Day of Atonement" and is the most sacred and solemn day of
the Jewish year, brings the 'Days of Repentance' to a close

On Yom Kippur, God makes the final decision on what the next year will be
like for each person. The Book of…

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