Webster dictionary defines Theodicy as “Defense of God’s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil” (Webster Dictionary). We ultimately cannot eliminate evil and suffering but those whom have a strong faith in God often seem to find inner peace. The bible tells us “for there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (King James Version, Ecclesiastes 7:20). All humans are, by nature, sinful and condemned and in reality no one really is good. We are far more interested in pleasing ourselves than we are in pleasing the one who made us. We must try to understand there is good and there is evil no matter what religion we are. We as humans always seem to hold God responsible for things that happen in the world, or in our everyday lives. We are all born with pure hearts and souls and have a free will to choose between what is good and what is evil. We must remember our character and we should be stronger than our circumstance. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we choose to respond, it is just a matter of which we choose to follow. We must continue to ask ourselves periodically; does God really cause these bad things to happen? Does God entice others to cause harm and evil to one another? When we continue to blame and stop asking ourselves these questions we seem to abandon our faith and become resentful and rebel against God. We must understand that maybe we are part of the equation of why evil things happen.
While we may try to see a world without evil, we would be nonexistent in it. In some sort of aspect it’s as if God allows evil to happen so that we may develop a closer relationship to him. We must go thru man...
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...does God allow unnecessary things to happen to good people? Are there really good people in all that we do? We must “trust in the lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your path” (King James Version, Proverbs 3:5-6). God could very easily eliminate all the evil in our world by simply removing our own ability to choose. He could very easily made us his puppets with strings by pulling us towards right and wrong. By God taking away our ability to choose, evil would definitely vanish. But God doesn’t want us to be his puppets, he wants us to be able to choose to love one another. “Love is not genuine if we are forced and there is no other option. We are not given a good life or a bad life, we are simply just given a life. It is us to us to make it good or bad”(Pastor Rick Warren).
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