Relationship between God and human suffering.

Relationship between God and human suffering.

This article as the title implies looks at the relationship between God and human suffering. As the author says suffering does not only impact on our relationship with God but is major factor in the denial of the existence of God and the apostasy of the faithful. Van Bavel asks the age-old question where and why is there suffering and attempts to answer it. He sees Theodicy as inadequate and unsatisfactory explanation of suffering. SS reveals God who, as the source of goodness cannot be at the same time the source of evil. Atheism too ha says ultimately compounds the problem of suffering because without God the blame falls squarely on humans. One needs here to distinguish between two types of evil: Moral evil and natural evil. The former is evil brought about by moral agents/human beings (E.g. pride, envy, lying, stealing etc.). Natural evil is pain and suffering brought about by such as earthquakes, diseases, famines, floods etc. Furthermore, moral evil highlights intentions whist natural evil focuses on suffering (consequences). We live in a world where there are tremendous times of happiness and joy but also of sadness and pain. There is much undeserved suffering, poverty, pain and acts of violence and most of us feel sorrow and revulsion when we hear of such things. In the light of these events questions are justifiably asked such as, “Why do they happen”, “‘Why is our world so full of violence and suffering?” and “Is there a reason for it?”. These “Why?” questions form the basis of the problem of evil. In big shortcut we belief that, “the world was created by an omnipotent and perfectly good personal being”. Does mean that: 1. There is only one God 2. God created the world (The world exists because God created it and is dependent upon God for its existence – it is contingent). 3. God is omnipotent (God is all-powerful). 4. God is perfectly good Creation demands that God relinquish his will to …


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