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  • People Suffer Pain
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    Why Do "Good" People Suffer Pain and suffering are problems in life that everyone wonders about. Why should a righteous person suffer Why does God allow his own children to suffer The questions quickly rise to mind and on the surface seem reasonable, but a closer look at them reveals that they convey a certain meaning. These questions imply that human suffering is inconsistent with the love of God. As a God of love He either doesn't have the power to prevent suffering, or He has the power he jus...
  • God In Our Lives
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    Where is God The question does God exist is the one that most likely comes up in the minds of people when disaster strikes or tragedy occurs. Why would he let the creation he most dearly loves suffer so greatly I am going to try to answer this question as difficult as it may seem to some people. God does exist and is with us in everything we do in our lives. There are two possible ways that we can see God in our lives. He either exists outside the mind, or he does not. There is no other alternat...
  • Edward's Angry God Jonathan
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    Edward's Angry God Jonathan Edward's most famous sermon is "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God". This 18th Century Puritan preached intense sermons that awakened his congregation to an awareness of their sinfulness and need for God. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" exemplifies Edward's stern religious beliefs. The sermon preaches a savage, cruel God powerful and capable, but not inclined, to cast humans down to hell. The God Edward's describes is a savage God who torments the wicked. "Th...
  • Adam And Eve's Sin
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    Sin and Suffering Is there a reason for sin and suffering? It is obvious the two are directly related in the Bible. In the Old Testament we see Saul / Paul feeling the wrath of God when he killed innocent people, as a king. Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of Eden when they took fruit from a tree which God told them not to do. Today though, the relationship between sin and suffering is not so clear. We see poor, starving people in Africa. They suffer terribly, but there is no evidence ...
  • Tsunami The Premises
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    Argument: Premises: 1. God exists, is omnipotent, omniscient, and wholly good 2. The tsunami caused people to suffer 3. An omniscient and omnipotent good being prevents any suffering that it can properly eliminate (that is, eliminate any suffering without eliminating an outweighing good or bringing about a greater evil) that it knows about 4. An omnipotent being has the power to prevent anything 5. An omniscient being is all knowing 6. The tsunami did not bring about good Conclusion: God should ...
  • Actions Of Aphrodite Against Hippolytus
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    The play Hippolytus by the Greek playwright Euripides is one which explores classical Greek religion. Throughout the play, the influence of the gods on the actions of the characters is evident, especially when Aphrodite affects the actions of Phaedra. Also central to the plot is the god-god interactions between Artemis and Aphrodite. In this essay, I hope to provide answers to how the actions of Hippolytus and Phaedra relate to the gods, whether or not the characters concern themselves with the ...
  • Physical And Non Physical Sufferings
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    In the chapter titled Rebellion (or his book title), Feodor Dostoevski's character, Ivan Karamazov, demonstrates that his angry and resentful attitude is the by-product of his very choosing. The fundamental principal of our own humanity is God's acknowledgment of our expression of free will. Found between the boundaries of man's ownership of worldly acts and thoughts, which can lead him to an eternity of joy or damnation, is that critical choice of what attitude we will wrap ourselves in for our...
  • God With The Existence Of Natural Evil
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    The Problem of Evil University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, Undergraduate Philosophy Certificate, Assignment 7 Peter B. Lloyd Is there any satisfactory way of reconciling the existence of an omnipotent and all-loving God with the existence of natural evil (i.e. evil not due to the misuse of human free will)? One of the central claims of the Judaeo-Christian tradition is the existence of an omnipotent and all-loving God. Against this is the observation that people and animals su...
  • Evil And Suffering
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    For God So Loved the World Even though I was only a small child, I remember the cold, fall day that I accompanied my father to a nearby cemetery. As we stood above three tiny graves, I recall the tears streaming down my fathers face and the anguish in his eyes. My father was reluctant to explain why we were there for fear that I was just too young and innocent to understand the horrid circumstances involved. He didnt have to explain. I knew exactly why we were there. Word had already spread at m...
  • Story Of The Rich Man And Lazarus
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    Experience The story of Lazarus is a story of a man's faith towards God. Lazarus was a poor man who suffered from a disease that was not curable during the time in which he lived. His body was covered with sores, he was thin and very weak. Because of this he could not work to earn a living. This forced him to live on the streets. The only thing that Lazarus found happiness in was God. He prayed morning, noon and evening to the LORD 1. Lazarus did not have any relatives or friends that would help...
  • Kind And Just God
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    Why do men suffer This is a question that has been pondered by countless philosophers and theologians for many thousands of years. Some believe that God brings down suffering upon those of us who sin. Others view man's suffering as an indiscriminate act of God. The only certainty with respects to this timeless question is that a definite answer does not, and will never, exist. With the desire to delve further into the question of suffering, we examined three books, which attempt to shoot to the ...
  • Evil And The Existence Of God
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    In John Perry's book Dialogue on Good, Evil and the Existence of God, he used three characters in the dialogue in order to clarify the positions of the three characters (Weirob, Miller, and Cohen), the arguments they provide in support their positions and the "end state" of their discussion. This allows us to examine our understanding of the good, evil and the existence of God. Perry shows a clear position of Weirob, Miller, and Cohen. Weirob is a philosopher who is not a Christian. She does not...
  • Meaning Of Suffering
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    Thesis: If God is all good and powerful, why does he allows suffering You can find sickness, sorrow, and suffering in all walks of life. It's everywhere you look. This very moment you can probably think of someone very close to you who is suffering greatly, and it just doesn t seem fair. Why does God who by the scriptures, both the old and the new testament is omnipotent, omniscient and perfect, allows it to happen Does God even care Has he lost control If he is so good and powerful, then why do...
  • Sheol To Heaven Some Worthy Souls
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    The novel 'Memnoch - The Devil' by Anne Rice is, at the heart of it, really a vessel for the author's own theological ideas. Having said that it is also a classy exit for a cult character, the author claims to have fallen in love with. Whether or not this is a pretentious excuse to stop writing about a worn out character, or not, I will not comment on. What I will comment on are these theological ideas in particular as Shakespeare put it in Macbeth "did heaven look on, and would not take their p...
  • Mr Zuss Believes J.B.
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    From the view of Mr. Zuss and Nickles, two characters in the book J.B., J.B. suffers from God's will. J.B.'s children, his wife, his health, and his home are taken from him. Nickles and Mr. Zuss have different reasons why God makes all humanity suffer. Mr. Zuss believes that man should always have faith in God, whether in grief and pain, or in delight. Nickles thinks that God prepares humans for death through suffering. He believes that God makes people suffer, but doesn't have to. He is upset w...

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