The Problem of Evil

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The problem of evil is the notion that, how can an all-good, all-powerful, all-loving God exists when evil seems to exist also. The problem of evil also gives way to the notion that if hell exists then God must be evil for sending anyone there. I believe both of these ideas that God can exist while there is evil and God is not evil for sending anyone to hell. I believe hell exists in light of the idea that God is holy and just. The larger is how anyone can go to heaven. I will try to answer the problem of evil with regards to the problem of heaven and hell. When I look out into the world it does not take long for me to realize that we are all different in a plethora of different ways. We all grow up in many different societies and cultures that have shaped the way we think and act. Our behavior patterns are in large part due to our culture that we grew up in. We grow up with certain biases and different perspectives on what is good in life and what is not. Some of us have grown up in religious homes of some sort that had a large impact on what we think about life. Some of us have developed habits and traditions from our culture or religious practices. Some of us grow up in non-religious households that find it more meaningful to live without the boundaries and traditions of religion. The point is that we are all different from each other. The interesting thing about this is that we did not choose any of this. What about us did we choose? We did not choose when we were born. We did not choose what family, culture, or religion we were born into. We did not choose our parents and the way we look. We did not choose some of the tendencies and behavior patterns that we inherited from our parents. We did not choose the gifts and t... ... middle of paper ... ...o fails to realize that evil has no weight in which there is no such thing a greater evil. Evil is not a being that comes in all shapes and sizes. Evil is making a decision that does not please God and if God intervened to stop every evil Rowe would not have been able to argue that God does not exist. Works Cited Davis, Stephen T., and John B. Cobb. "Free Will and Evil." Encountering Evil: Live Options in Theodicy. Atlanta: J. Knox, 1981. 74-89. Print. Hick, John. "The Irenaean Theodicy." Classical and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Religion. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1970. N. pag. Print. The Holy Bible: The King James Version. Canberra: Bible Society in Australia, 1993. Print. Murray, Michael J. "Heaven and Hell." Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide. By William Lane. Craig. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2002. N. pag. Print.

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