Suffering - when people have to face and live with unpleasant events or conditions. Suffering can be either natural or man-made. Examples of natural suffering include disease and natural disasters. Examples of man-made suffering include murder and ****. Some people say that the problem of evil and suffering proves that God does not exist.
Christian beliefs about God:
- He is omnipotent - therefore he has the power to stop suffering
- He is omniscient - He knows when people are suffering
- He is benevolent - If He loves his creations unconditionally, why does He allow them to suffer?
Beliefs about God give rise to many questions. Why did God create a flawed universe that causes natural suffering? Why does He allow innocent people to suffer? Why did He give people free will if it was going to lead to man-made suffering?
RELIGIOUS RESPONSES TO SUFFERING
Christianity - endure personal suffering; it is part of God's plan. Actively help those who are suffering, as Jesus did
Islam - 'Zakah' is one of the Five Pillars of…