• 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...


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.


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.


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

    This was pretty right because after doing all of this Hitler actually committed suicide. As a Jew everything being blamed on them was not fair. He was arrested on the night on Nov.9th which is commonly known as the night of broken glass.

  2. What is the problem of evil?

    Evil would be indistinguishable from good, since both would result in the same result. Consequently, humans would in effect be robots and not in fact humans. If actual evil did not exist then qualities such as courage, honour and love would all be impossible.

  1. Death and Dying

    straight to heaven, those who have sinned will go to purgatory to confess and be cleansed and those who have refused to believe in god will go to hell. Then everyone will be judged when Jesus arrives, and God will make a new heaven and earth, and the souls in hell will remain there.

  2. Good and Evil

    Therefore, God does not exist. However, Christians do not believe that. Nowhere does the Bible state that the universe was created to be perfect, God only ever described it as "good". As a Christian, I try to follow the teachings of the Bible.

  1. The Problem of Evil.

    want humanity to freely choose Him as the ultimate being, for without free-will any relationship between God and humanity would simply be reduced to the unsatisfactory bond of a servant who is obliged, without any knowledge or appreciation of consequences, to submit to his master's bidding.

  2. The Tsunami

    The tsunami cleared the area of all of this and allowed people to start new which should be a lesson for them and should teach them not to perform such unlawful acts. On the other hand the destruction was a form of natural evil.

  1. The Glass Prison

    me - I'm trying to believe Stop wallowing in my own self pity The character seeks for spiritual aid to get rid of the addiction, since he just couldn't do it by himself. He's probably in a church at this point, when a group of people approaches him.

  2. Discuss the Problem of Evil

    And even if this is not true and the souls that can?t develop are not judged by god, then this is no basis to argue that the Iranaean theodicy cannot be true. Even if there is a small group of souls that can?t use the evil in the world as

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