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Why does evil and suffering cause problems for religious believers?

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´╗┐Why does evil and suffering cause problems for religious believers? Evil does not present a problem for those who know God. Evil exists because acting from his/her free will, mankind chose to rebel against God and as such "sin" entered the world. Sin is simply coming short of God's perfection. With sin comes the capacity for mankind to cause enormous pain and destruction. The question is: If God is all loving, how then can he allow evil. The answer is: God allows evil because he would have to destroy all those who practice it in one way or another. ...read more.

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or condones the evil that is being perpetrated. In fact, God grieves and stands ready to intervene in the life of the victim as well as the perpetrator. He even promises to take the situation and eventually work something good (if man is willing) out of such things. Yes, God is omniscient and knows what will take place. There are countless testimonies of individuals who believe God to have intervened and prevented evil. But God is not obligated, especially to those who have little interest, or belief in Him. ...read more.

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Would God be free to stop major catastrophes and mass genocide but only that evil. What about the evil of theft of anothers possessions, or impure thoughts or lying? Does God now have permission to address those forms of evil as well? Some might say yes, but many more would cry foul. Their claim would be they have free will to live as they please. Thus bringing us back to the very beginning of the discussion. It has been, and always will be that man walks with God as He intended from the beginning. In harmonious submission to His ways. For those who find reconciliation back to God, this process has already begun. ...read more.

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