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Describe what followers of Christianity believe about the Power of Good and the Power of Evil.

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Philippe Souki Describe what followers of Christianity believe about the Power of Good and the Power of Evil In this piece of coursework I will attempt to deal with the dilemma of Good and Evil. Christianity encompasses many clear opinions about the Power of Good and the Power of Evil. I will try to outline, evaluate, and give my own opinions on each of these, giving a full assessment of Christianity's, and indeed my own standing on one of the great problems we face in life. Christians believe that there is a great struggle going on between the Power of Good, and the Power of Evil. These two concepts are two of the main things religion tries to deal with. Christians believe that God is the ultimate force of Good. They believe he is totally free of evil and sin, making him the perfect, Supreme Being. They believe he created all the world and asked us to look after all the birds of the air, animals of the land, and fish of the seas. Genesis (1:26): 'And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. ...read more.

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They believe that God enters them when they take the holy bread and wine during the Eucharist. They believe this gives them spiritual strength and guidance in their every day lives. The Power of Evil is also very prominent in Christian life. Christianity offers many perspectives on Evil. Firstly there is the idea of Original Sin, which is put forward mainly by Fundamentalist Christians. They believe we are born already scarred with the sin of our oldest ancestors. According to Genesis 3, 'the fall' of Adam and Eve introduced Sin in to the world. The story is that there were no rules in the Garden of Eden, except that God told them never to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. A serpent tempted them and they ate, disobeying God. As a result they were expelled from Paradise. Fundamentalists believe that this act of disobedience caused all humans to be born with a tendency for evil. They get around this obstacle by having the baptism ceremony. They wash the baby's head with Holy water and celebrate his coming into a new, good Christian life and leaving the sinful one behind. ...read more.

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Also, in the past, people believed that evil daemons could possess you. This was an especially popular point of view during the Middle Ages, although the alleged daemon possessors were probably driven mad by their own squalor and poverty. As well as this, sickness was thought of as punishment for sin or evil you had committed. Having said these ideas were outdated, they are still supported by some people today. For example, Glenn Hoddle was forced to resign as the Manager of the English football team as a result of supporting these views. He said that he believed disabled people were being punished for things they had done in their previous lives. Also, some Christians still feel the need for exorcism, and practise the driving out of evil spirits. As well as this some Christians believe that sin 'has a power over us'. They believe that it is human nature for us to want to do Evil, as it is more exciting. They believe it is much like teenagers rebelling against their parents; we want to rebel against God's rules. Also, with the huge advance in the study of the human psyche, some modern Christians define the Power of Evil as our psychology, while others suggest it is just part of God's plan which we simply cannot comprehend. ...read more.

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