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Describe what followers of the religion you are studying may believe about the power of good and evil.

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Topic 5- Good and evil: a) Describe what followers of the religion you are studying may believe about the power of good and evil. Christians believe that God is all- loving and holy, He could not therefore have created something so conflicting to His nature as evil. With the belief of such characteristics Christians have other explanations for the cause of evil within the world. The most traditional view of Christians is that all evil in the world is the result of a personal being, often described as a type of powerful creature, which like humans has personal characteristics. The most common reference of this in the bible is that of Satan or the devil. Theses are figures, which plot against God, turning humans away from good. Such evil tempts and lures humans, as did the serpent in the story of creation from genesis. Other Christians feel that evil is an impersonal force. This unseen influence is outside of our control and is capable of affecting human activity leading people away from good intentions whilst promoting selfishness. Another Christian view is of evil as a psychological phenomenon. This explores the idea that human beings create evil, which exists only within our minds as, a result of all the negative influences and thoughts we are exposed to. ...read more.

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This might lead to some people starting to doubt their faith or in more extreme circumstances turn them away from God altogether. However those who also believe in hell might in fear of not going to heaven try and act a morally good life and find other ways of accepting evil. However Christians who believe in freewill being the cause of evil would not blame God for the presence of evil, which seems morally wrong. This is because they would feel it their own reasonability. In turn they might repent and pray for forgiveness at having caused such evil within the world. They might compare themselves to Adam and Eve and rebel against being like them and letting down God. They might seek advice from the bible and its teachings in order to prevent more evil in the world and also try and make up for their sins by trying to put right what they have made wrong perhaps by trying to comfort those involved, if possible. Christians who believe evil is present in the world in order for us to learn, may find evil and suffering hard to accept but at the same time try to gain knowledge from it, which might prevent a reoccurrence or teach an important lesson. Those who feel though that evil is simply beyond the understanding of humans and that it is a concept only God ...read more.

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This however contradicts the idea of Jesus dying on the cross to save us from our sins as we would surely be able to do this ourselves. Other Christians may believe however that freewill is not the cause of evil but that instead it is the work of the Devil. This however opposes the idea of God being omnipotent. If God were all-powerful he would surely be able to overcome the Devil and prevent humanity from having to suffer. On the other hand though an atheist may argue that if suffering is the result of our freewill there is still no explanation as the why there is natural evil within the world. They may also feel that an all-loving God would not allow innocent people to suffer as a result of others bad decisions as this would be unjust. For example they might find it hard to justify why God would recline from exercising his power in order to prevent a small child from being run over by a car. So although there are many ideas which try to justify how God can love humanity and yet allow us to suffer none of them are completely justifiable. I therefore agree with this statement as it when considering whether the statement is true or not you also have to question God's other characteristics and then it seems impossible to find a viable explanation as for why there is any suffering within the world. ...read more.

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