• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Describe what the followers of Christianity may believe about the power of good and evil There is a lot of evil in the world. There is suffering in the world which is caused by human beings doing things which are evil, but there is also suffering which is caused by the way things are in our world such as hurricanes and earthquakes, which is called natural evil. When people deliberately are cruel or dishonest in the world, this is called moral evil. Natural evil is suffering which is caused by natural disasters such as floods. Religious believers may have problems about their beliefs because of the suffering that takes place in the world. There are a lot of natural evil such as starvation in third world countries, tornado's, floods and diseases. Some may think that if God is good, then why is he not stopping all this evil and suffering. Whereas others may say that we cannot understand God's reasons for evil and suffering but instead we should respond to it by helping the people who suffer. ...read more.

Middle

Some people believe that the evil-does will get punished for their deed by going to hell forever but others believe that the person will go to hell for a certain amount of time like a prison sentence. A lot of Christians say that we do not know why there is evil and suffering, and it may be something that only God understands. They believe that when they are suffering they become closer to God and see how much they need their faith in God. Some believe that God gave people a free will, so because he gave them a choice, people can choose to do right or wrong. They believe that having faith in God is enough and God forgives his people. Others believe that if you do wrong, you will go to hell but God does forgive in the end and you will go to heaven. Christians believe the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden who ate from the forbidden tree. ...read more.

Conclusion

They are such things as not to commit sins such as murder, adultery, stealing and rape. Christians are told to honour and respect parents, be kind to others and be faithful. There is a lot of suffering in the world; such as the natural disasters that happened in the Caribbean islands or the Tsunami earthquakes is Asia. There are lots of ways to do good deeds by helping the people who were victims of natural disasters. You can help to rebuild homes, medically care for the victims hurt and send aid and money. There are many religious organisations such as Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tear Fund, which work towards sharing out the world's wealth more fairly. Christians believe that even the little deeds count. Helping a neighbour when they need it most is an act of good. Jesus taught people to "love thy neighbour". Christians believe that giving up your own time to help others is good. It can be from giving up weekends to coach a football team to a nurse helping out the elderly and disabled. Christians believe that God rewards even the most littlest of actions. Nargis Begum ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Existence of God section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Existence of God essays

  1. Persuasive Writing on the Holocaust

    He is full of courage and confidence. He wants the Jews to have victory even though they lost so much. I will explain more of this now. I think Emil Fackenheim is most convincing and I hope you do too; his opinion makes the most sense to a lot of people.

  2. What is the problem of evil?

    Often, they result in horrific suffering. If life were to end at death, God's original purpose, the creation of beings in his likeness, would have been frustrated. Also, many apparently 'evil' people are in fact nothing more that 'victims of the system', people who perhaps have been brought up badly and who cannot be held responsible for their actions.

  1. Judaism: Good and Evil - Describe what followers of the religion you are studying ...

    It takes place in the heart, not in the outside world. Jews believe that the battle is between man's conscience and man's urges. According to Jewish perspective evil ensures that we obtain equal chances to have free will choices. The appeal of good is rightness and purity, qualities that everyone acknowledges as wonderful, but evil also attracts many people.

  2. Good and Evil

    Mention is made of the Devil in many passages of the Old and New Testaments, but there is no full account given in any one place, and the teaching on this topic can only be ascertained by combining a number of scattered notices from Genesis to Apocalypse.

  1. The Problem of Evil.

    It is as if it were test with God judging results and determining reward or penalty. But this idea of God evaluating a life and consigning the subject to either heaven or hell has the effect of removing the element of majesty from the Supreme Being.

  2. Explain how followers of christianity may put these teachings in to practice in a ...

    People take great pride in decorating the churches and often keep the best of the harvest for this festival. The altar in the churches is decorated with vases which hold autumn leaves, berries and flowers and special tables are set up to hold the offerings that people bring.

  1. Death and Dying

    However, this belief is now nonsense because of the change in opinions of the universe and how we should live. In conclusion, hell is for those who have chosen to allow their minds to be powered by anger, hate, jealously and violence, whereas heaven is for those who have confessed, not sinned and those who love.

  2. Discuss the Problem of Evil

    Another theodicy is the free will argument. This is the basic summary P1. God wants everyone to have the right to make their own decisions as to judge their true character P2. If this free will existed then there is nothing stopping us from making morally evil decisions P3.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work