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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

The devil brings evil, because evil is the absense of good, therefore the absence of God, because God id good. 

The DEVIL does this through TEMPTATION!!!!!!

EXAMPLES: 

Tempting Jesus

The story of Job

Adam and Eve - The tree of knowledgs

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

God allows evil and suffering to exist in the world 

This tests faithfulness to God.

Those who believ in spite of evil, and suffering are truly faithful

EXAMPLES:

Irenaeus - This world is a test. God wants to see how we cope with suffering to prove to him that we deserve to go to the kingdom of heaven.

John Hicks- God wants us to choose to follow him, even through suffering , not like robots, who do as they are commanded.

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

Free will opens up opportunities for us to make poor choices

IRENAEUS-> Moral evil, derived from free will and disobedience.

EXAMPLES:

Adam and Eve

Judus telling the romans where Jesus was

John Hicks-> choose to follow God 

ARGUMENTS AGAINST:

GOD CREATED FREE WILL

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

We need both good and evil, so that we can appreciate the good things in life

WE NEED A BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO

INCONSISTANT TRIADE IS RELEVANT HERE

IRENAEUS-> If the world was perfect, there woild be no opportunity for humans to show off how great they can be

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

GOD is our father

WE LEARN THROUGH HIM

WE need to make mistakes so we can improve

IRENAEUS -> evil + suffering allow our souls to develop. when we get to heaven we will be repaid for any suffering we have had to experience, heaven will show us any suffering was worth while!!!

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

Evil and suffering is part of gods plan which we will never understand !!!!

DO NOT QUESTION GOD.ACCEPT HIS WILL

EXample:

Job didnt understand Gods plan for him

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

God is punishing us for original sin still!!!!! 

Jesus bridged epistemic gap so our sins( original sin) have been forgiven.

EXAMPLES:

Noah

Adam and Eve 

Lucifers fall

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

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Christian responses to the PROBLEM of evil and suf

pain teaches responibility -> learn to take care of what god gave us -> bad things happen when we dont take responsibilty OTHERWISE NATURAL DISASTERS OCCUR

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