One of the biggest reasons people don’t believe in theistic religions, specifically Christianity, is the problem of evil. Most of the time, this struggle is not an intelligent based one, but an emotional one. Those who have experience some form of tragedy often wonder why evil is in this world if there is also and all-loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful. As a result, people often believe in a limited view of God so that evil is no longer God’s fault. What people need to understand first is that evil is not “thing.” Sin is the “state where a given thing is missing what it is expected and designed to have” (Hardy 105). Therefore, man nor God could have created evil, since evil is not a thing (Hardy 104).
The next question becomes, if there is an infinite God why does he allow sin? There several answers for this question, all resulting in our benefit. The answer is because he wants us to have free choice. If God made it so there was absolutely no way we could choose evil, he would a) be taking away our free choice, and b) we could no longer be relational beings with each other or God, since we would just be mindless beings who’s choices are all dictated for us. Another answer is so that the goodness we do experience is better than the goodness we would experience if there were no evil in the world. Since we have evil in the world, we know what it is like to lack goodness at some point or another in life. But when we return to a state of having good in our life again, we appreciate it so much more. If had no evil in our life, we could not comprehend fully the goodness of good since ...
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...s necessary. People think that going to hell is cruel punishment, and that by just doing good works one should go to heaven. But the bible states, “…sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned... by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners” (ESV, Romans 5:12, 19). No matter how many good deeds one does, it will never be enough since all of man is sinful, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (ESV, Romans 6:23). We need atonement for our sins, just as the Jews sacrificed in the temple during the Old Testament. God, because of his all-loving nature, gave us the final atonement for sin, himself. It is up to us to choose God’s atonement through crucifixion, or else we will get what we wanted by going to Hell: separation from God.
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