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Describe what followers of Christianity may believe about the power of good and the power of evil.

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Describe what followers of the religion, which you are studying, may believe about the power of good and the power of evil. Most Christians believe that the devil, or Satan, is the power of evil and that God is the power of good. Satan is an ancient Middle Eastern word meaning "an accuser". Satan appears at various times through the Bible as the opposite to God. Satan, in the form of a snake, tempts Adam and Eve to eat the apple and so disobey God. Satan also tests Job and even tempts Jesus to abandon his ministry (but is unsuccessful). Many Christians say the devil is a real being, who has the power to corrupt us into doing evil. Some of these people's lives revolve around "resisting Satan". They ban the music of rock groups whose lyrics supposedly include satanic ideas. They hold exorcisms to rid people of satanic influence. In the Middle Ages the Church developed an obsession with Satan. Satan, or the Devil, was seen as an ugly man dressed in red, who lived in the fires of a place called Hell. Life was pictured as a cosmic struggle between God and Satan, or Good and Evil, in which humans were little more than pawns. ...read more.


The book offers three possible explanations for Job's suffering: Suffering is a test - God is allowing Satan to test Job to see if he deserts God. When, despite his suffering, Job does not lose his faith in God, he is rewarded. Suffering is a punishment for Sin - Job's friends were very keen on this idea. They tell Job he must have sinned greatly to suffer so much. They encourage him to search his life for unconfessed sins and to repent. Job protests that he has always been faithful and good. When God eventually speaks, God rejects the second idea, and accuses Job's friends of being wrong-minded. God introduces the third idea instead. Suffering is a part of God's plan, which is beyond Human understanding - Humans just have to accept what they cannot understand. God does not say what the plan is; we never know. As if to confirm that suffering is a necessary part of being human, Christians also point to the suffering of Jesus who, as a man, suffered greatly. As Jesus prayed before his death, he said, "The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me," (Mark 14:34). ...read more.


This idea was endorsed by Rene Descartes, "The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices," Nearly all Christians believe that God gives people free will. They live their lives as they choose. I God interfered every time people did something that would cause harm to themselves or others then people would be puppets of God. Without free will there would be no point to their lives. God has shown how people should live. Humans decide whether or not to follow God's instructions. They take the consequences of their decisions. Genesis 1 - 3 suggests that the world was once without suffering. Then Adam (of his own free will) ate fruit that God had forbidden him (Original Sin). God punished Adam's disobedience with pain and hard work. Irrespective of whether Christians believe this story is literally true, it is still retold to illustrate how humans with free will have a tendency towards not doing what God wants them to do. Much suffering can be traced back to human failings Many Christians believe that evil can only cause suffering and pain when it is not stopped by good people. This idea was explained when Edmund Burke said, " The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing," ...read more.

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