The Problem of Human Suffering The Christian tradition is haunted by a significant mark: Suffering. The question that arises from this suffering is if God is the omnipitous being that Christians believe Him to be, why would He let His people, whom he loves, suffer great pains and horrible deaths? According to premises derived from theologians and followers of the Bible, God is "all loving". If that is true, then God would not want His people to suffer, but by just looking around us we see that suffering, in fact, is happening. If there is suffering going on that God does not want, then He would be able to stop that suffering since He also believed to be "all powerful", yet suffering still goes on.
God also asks all of his followers to forgive other because he has forgiven them. With the immense amount of grace that He has it’s hard to not obey him. God has so much power and is so strong that Christians are to obey him and his will. Christians fear the Lord not out of sacredness but instead out of awe of his almighty power and mercy. Although forgiving for selfish reasons do have benefits, it isn’t the right way to approach the situation of forgiveness.
This shows his compassion towards God because he is sharing God with everyone else which is something God wants us to do. Another way that Arthur Dimmsdale shows that he cares for God is when he commits a sin he goes through deep repentance. This is an example of how he is a compassionate character because when he knows he does something wrong he feels deeply ashamed by it and repents to make up for what he did. The last way that Dimmsdale is a compassionate character is how even though he feels he can never go to heaven he leads other people on the path to heaven. This compassionate towards God because he tries to help everyone find the right path which brings them to God.
However, the conservation that transpired between Job and his friends left God very angry. The key to figuring out why is to first know the exchange of words then comprehend the meaning that lies within. During Job's mourning period, his three friends came to visit him and tried to comfort him in his time of need, as well as offer some advice. They suggested possible explanations as to why the events occurred. One reason that was discussed was that Job must have committed a sin or done something extremely displeasing to God.
As a Christian Lewis believes God is good, so His allowance of pain and suffering seems to contradict that goodness, and often causes even Christians to question and doubt God. Lewis quickly replies saying that suffering is the fault of man as God has given man free-will, and through his choices man has brought about all this pain. Freud brings the argument to a more personal level: “Is that your excuse for pain and suffering? Did I bring about my own cancer? Or is killing me God’s revenge?”(33).
Job begins to think about man’s relationship to God and wonders why God judges people by their actions if God can just as easily alter or forgive their behavior. Humans cannot deceive God and Job admits that he does not even understand himself well enough to effectively plead his case to God. I really love and hate the story of Job. It is so difficult to read a faithful servant being punished when he has done nothing wrong. Yet I think it is incredible how faithful Job could be even when Satan took everything he cared for from him.
We don't just sin when we murder, but when we are angry. In other words, no one can stand before God and demand to be accepted. When we honestly put our hands on our heart and think of ourselves in light of God's perfect standard, we realise that we fall short. And that's the main reason God gave the Ten Commandments and Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. The contents of the Sermon on the Mount demands on Jesus' followers - they are moved-on from complying with an outward set of universal values to surrendering themselves - body, mind and soul - to the ways of God.
In His infinite wisdom, God ordained that “the weak things of the world would confound the mighty.” What may seem like foolishness to the natural man are the tools that God uses to accomplish His purpose in the Spiritual world. The writer explains that the mission God has given us is to destroy the works of the devil. We have that power when we raise our voices in song and praise to our God. In the Bible many wars were won by doing “foolish things”, King Jehosaphat... ... middle of paper ... ...and worship, especially when we are in the midst of a spiritual warfare. Satan wants to divert our attention away from God and onto ourselves.
Humans are terrible beings as we constantly continue to make excuses for evil, we seem to rationalize our behaviors to justify what we are doing is right. The Bible says “and this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (King James Version, John 3:19). Although we simply cannot eliminate all the evil and the suffering in the world, people who will develop great faith in God often will find peace that will always overshadow all the evils of the world and the suffering we endure. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (King James Version, Psalms
Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” (Rom 13:3-4, New International Version) It is not only our duty to the public who we serve; it is of a much higher responsibility to serve God in the war against evil.