. .... ... middle of paper ... ...because it would strip humanity of its ability to choose between good and evil, thus reducing them to beasts. Although He cannot do anything to prevent suffering, God is omnipresent in suffering, giving people opportunities to show things such as love, empathy, or compassion. That is key to understanding God’s role in suffering: that He does not cause it, but He uses it so people can exhibit empathetic traits. William Faulkner accurately describes it: “The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.” Works Cited When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Rabbi Harold Kushner When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Rabbi Harold Kushner The God We Never Knew, Marcus Borg When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Rabbi Harold Kushner La vita è bella, Roberto Benigni (1997) White Rose, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://bit.ly/TS6Bn) William Faulkner
In “God and the Problem of Evil,” B.C. Johnson argues that evil rules out the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good God because there are many evil things that are happening in this world. In this paper, I am going to argue that God is only all-good but not all-powerful and all-knowing. God is all-knowing, God is all-powerful, God is all-good, suffering and evil will not exists in this world. When we read or hear of disasters, deaths and sufferings, we always question why God would allow all these to happen.
Karamazov would not consent either, and he stated that he would gladly return his ticket to the entrance of heaven because he cannot understand the existence of God as a perfect being if He allows for children to suffer. Karamazov renounces harmony at the cost of all the suffering that takes place in the world because he sees “Chris-like love for people as a miracle impossible on earth” (1). He claims that harmony comes at a high price and demands justness here on earth, not in the after life. Therefore, his rejection of God is the rejection of a place where oppressors and victims live in “harmony” among ... ... middle of paper ... ...sensible validation in catastrophic suffering, and we must not justify it as part of some divine purpose or for the greater good of humanity in the afterlife; humanity needs justice on earth. Such need to justify cruelty and agony eliminates the incentive for victims and their families to overcome sorrow, grief, and misery, especially if the explanation lies in the after-life.
Therefore, evil is inevitable because human nature leads people to perform evil actions. Voltaire strongly condemns "optimistic theories, for him they deny reality." (Juan Zerolo) Voltaire does not believe that by saying something, it will come true. Therefore, denying the existence of evil is not logical and does not amount to any greater good. Voltaire also denounced other's religious beliefs and intolerance.
These replies are unsuccessful, because Van Inwagen's response is to say that God entails "being the playthings of chance." living in a world with no justice is a consequence of our separation with God; it's one more evil thing about our world. God's infinite perfection allows him to control how much evil is necessary to bring to whom, but he is executing his plan and waiting people to recognize how horrible it is to be apart from God. In my opinion about the replies of Van Inwangen’s objection, if God is infinitely perfect, then we are limited to comprehend God, we can allow that God's infinite perfection and the evil of his great plan can be reconciled in some unknown way.
Because of his pride, Satan refused to bow to God, saying that it would be to low for him to do so. He stated that he and the demons were self made and raised by their own strength, therefore denying the fact that they were created by God. After finding these flaws in Satan's character, and comparing him to both Aeneas and Hector, the answer to the question becomes clear. Satan was not a hero. Works Cited 1.
The choice being a choice between what is good and what is evil, the choice between God and Satan. Because God is loving, just, and caring, He allows a place for evil on earth to test his creation’s obedience and allegiance to Him. But, for Milton to hypothesis that Satan is a hero for being the fallen angel, is a mere overshoot and over-glorification of something that is evil, sinful and demonic. Satan is not the hero of anything, but in a way is a necessary component of the plan that God had for his creation, mankind. For without the temptations of Satan, there would be no need for Christ to come to earth as a man and sacrifice himself on a cross to save us from the fiery pits of Hell.
When God gave us the consequences for straying from the holiness, He himself created a dilemma. We call this dilemma the Divine Dilemma. This is the Divine Dilemma: “The law of death, which followed from the Transgression, prevailed upon us, and from it there was no escape. The thing that was happening was in truth both monstrous and unfitting. It would, of course, have been unthinkable that God should go back upon His word and that man, having transgressed, should not die; but it was equally monstrous that beings which once had shared the nature of the Word should perish and turn back again into non-existence through corruption” (Athanasius 6).
This argument possesses some truth. However, God warrants the downfall of nations not because of His hate of people, but because of His intolerance towards their sinful actions. If God allowed nations to continue on in their iniquities without any kind of repercussions, then no one would fear Him. People would embrace sin and reject the Lord. God maintains His supremacy over man through punishment of the wicked.
He was constantly questioning why God made him an evil creature and tested humans and their belief through violence. He framed himself as a god and wanted to feel the same power when calling himself the truth-teacher and phantasm-tester in order to make sense of the lies of humans and tried to understand his own purpose and situation. By the end of the novel Grendel had become completely untrusting of the people and finally decided that his role in life is instead to kill and torment the Scyldings because as he became more existential, he realized that his actions would not have an effect on the outcome of the universe, so filled the void in his life with rage on the people of the Hrothgar’s meadhall. As he goes to fight Beowulf and the Geats in the hall, he seemed to have accepted his role as, “[Grendel] seized up a sleeping man, tear at him hungrily, bite through his