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'A belief in the life after death solves the problem of evil' Discuss

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'A belief in the life after death solves the problem of evil' Discuss The word evil has a broad definition. There are two main types of evil; Moral evil and Natural evil. Moral evil covers the willful acts of human beings such as murder and rape. Natural evil refers to natural disasters such as famines and floods. We can divide these two types further into another two types of evil; Physical evil and metaphysical evil. Physical evil means bodily pain or mental anguish for example fear, illness, grief and war. Metaphysical evil refers to such things as imperfection and chance for instance criminals going unpunished and deformities. But how does this problem get solved by a belief in the life after death. The problem of evil comes about because of certain qualities that religious people believe God to have. A religious believer would not want to deny God of being Omni benevolent, omnipotent and omniscient. To say that there is evil in the world is to doubt that God is Omni benevolent; omnipotent and omniscient as God create the world. Irenaeus proposed that God did not create a perfect world. He chose not to create a perfect world because he knew we had to choose to do good in order to become a flawless human being. ...read more.

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When we die a replica body will be created and our personality would be transferred to that body. The replica would have memories of dying. The only difference would be that the replica would have new experiences of what will happen. We will have memory and psychological continuation, not physical continuation. For this to happen there must be a minimum of two worlds. The universal conscious God sees both. I only see one, the one I am in. There could be more than two worlds. John Hick also goes onto say that we are all recreated in heaven and hell. If we are good we will go to heaven and if we are bad then we will go to hell. John Hick shares a similar view to the Christian View. Christians believe that there is a heaven and hell. When we die Christians believe that there will be a judgment. In this, everyone's life will be evaluated. We will either go to heaven or hell. Hell, in Christian beliefs is a place in which the soul suffers the consequences of sin. Hell is defined as the place or state of punishment. Christianity views hell as a place of eternal torment. Hell is for those who have been bad in this life. Heaven is the opposite of hell. ...read more.

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You will learn from you mistakes and will try achieving goodness in the next life. For Irenaeus, us, ourselves will eventual solve the problem of evil, therefore a life after death will not solve the problem of evil. We just live in an imperfect world that we will have to work towards making a perfect world. A belief in the life after death can solve the problem of evil in some ways because people who believe in a life after death will know that they will have been good in this life in order to be rewarded in the next life. The better they are in this life the better the reward. This therefore means that the person will have to commit little evil in order to get the rewards. This will consequently mean that evil will be reduced. Also Christianity will solve the problem of evil because Christians believe in heaven and hell. If you are good in this life you will have a good after life. If you are bad in this life you will be punished and sent to hell in the after life. The idea of heaven and hell also solves the problem of evil for John Hick as he also believes that you are recreated in heaven and hell. Richard Dawkins said that there is no God and therefore there is no problem. This is the world. We should help the world and create a stronger world. ...read more.

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