Relationship Between Sin And Evil

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God and the Problem with Sin and Evil
Before one understands why there is evil in the world one must ask two important questions. First, who is God and what is His personality/characteristics, and second, what is sin and how does it affect humans and their relationship with God? By understanding these two different types of questions, one will understand the implications of evil and therefore be able to establish if God truly is evil or if sin truly is the root of all the evil in the world. Sin is defined by Erickson when he refers to the work of Satan, saying, “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is likeness of God.” 1 Consequently,
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Evil 's beginning can be found in Genesis chapter three when the serpent begins to tempt Eve. Evil can be anything of God 's creation that man has put a twisted spin on in order for it to be pleasurable or satisfying. Because humans find pleaure in evil, it begins to diminish the relationship to God, and blinds man from the truth of the gospel. Because of evil, some have tried to pin the point of evil onto God since He is the creator of everything, thus creating problems between God and evil by trying to draw distinctions between the two. The problem with evil is that it takes different forms, according to Erickson one form is that of religion when "some particular aspect of one 's experience has had the effect of calling into question the greatness or goodness of God, and hence threatens the relationship between the believer and God." 11 The next form is theological saying that "it is not a question of how a specific concrete situation can exist of light of God 's being what and who he is, but of how any such problem could possibly exist." 12 By identifying these different types of problems with evil, the soultion will be realized. One way of solving this debate is to leave the idea of God 's omnipotence. This approach is called finitism, which says that there are two principles within the universe, "God and the power of evil" 13…show more content…
It causes three types of relationships to be affected. First, it affects the relationship with God by accumulating "divine disfavor, guilt, punishment, death, physical death, spiritual death and eternal death." 18 The second relationship that is affected is the sinner themselves and the negatives from this are, "enslavement, flight from reality, denial of sin, self-deceit, insensitivity, self-centeredness, and restlessness."19 The final relationship that is affected is the relationship to other humans and this comes with "competition, inability to empathize, rejection of authority, and inability to love." 20 With all these afflictions coming from evil and sin, it is apparent that the goodness of God is needed to combat all the negative effects of
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