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Good and Evil

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Good and Evil Christians believe that the ultimate good is God; they believe that he is omni benevolent, this means all loving. They believe that God is the creator and they believe in the holy trinity to set them on the path of good, they believe in the father, who made the world and keeps it going, but also who created humans in the image of God "God created man in his own image" consequently we must be good like God. The word trinity is a term used to denote the Christian doctrine that God exists as a unity of three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each is divine, yet there are not three Gods, but one God. Christians believe that Jesus is the son who is the immanent and personal God beside us who came to earth and lived a human life. The Father is the translucent God beyond us that created the world and keeps it going and the Holy Spirit who is the immanent yet impersonal God around us that inspires and guides Christians from day to day. So Christians understand that there are three 'members' of the trinity, whom all are different, but have the same purpose. (Source: the book 'Christianity in Today's World') The Bible says that Christians are to be involved in good works for the purpose of glorifying God. Jesus who is the Christian example, was declared to be one "who went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). So Christians know that they must be involved in good works for this is a sign of becoming closer to Jesus and consequently becoming closer to God. St. Paul tells Christians that it is important to be involved in good works and that these good works must be done by the authority of Jesus Christ-another point influencing Christians to follow the path of good. ...read more.

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Though he lashed out in anguish at times - because he did not understand what was happening to him. Job is an example of the fact that God makes us suffer to test ad prove our faith. But suffering does pose a problem to Christians as they find it hard not to contradict themselves, believing that God is omnipotent, all powerful, omniscient, all-knowing and omni benevolent, all loving. An argument put forward about suffering was; people suffer because God doesn't care about human suffering, so maybe God isn't all loving. The next argument was; maybe God can't do anything about human suffering as he might not be all powerful. And the last argument was that maybe God doesn't know about human suffering because maybe he isn't all knowing. All of these arguments then lead to the view that maybe there isn't a God at all. Responding to these arguments Christians would say that suffering is part of Gods plan, if we could explain it we would be as knowledgeable as God and so this would pose the question why then would there be a need for a God if we knew everything he knew? In addition Christians would say Jesus had suffered the greatest penalty and only through suffering then can we become spiritually closer to him. Lastly Christians would say suffering is a test of faith that makes you stronger, it is only in this way, without interfering with free will, that God can see someone's true faith. Jesus taught a lesson that every Christian should keep in mind; that they should choose to sacrifice their rights, and instead do their duties; which are to serve God and do well by helping others. Along with preaching good, Jesus called his disciples to follow him. Not only did the disciples follow Jesus but they devoted their lives to do what he did; they tried to carry out the greatest good. ...read more.

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It continues to show his power, wisdom and design ability. Again others say, but why do Christians suffer? We are children of a loving, caring Father, who sent his Son to die for us, so why do we have to suffer? Could God not protect us from the powers of evil? Another Christian's reply would be yes, he could, God protected the nation of Israel in Egypt from most of the plagues and he could still do the same today. Some significant reasons that Christians have for why God would let humanity suffer are so that we realize that we are totally dependent on God and to make us realize that we need each other as God's ultimate goal for all of us is to experience and demonstrate genuine love. Love is built on recognition of mutual need and a joy in giving to those that need. Suffering may also take place to help us sort out our Priorities; during a time of disaster we realize that relationships are more important than material things-especially our relationship with God through belief in his Son, Jesus Christ, Paul said, "Yes most assuredly, and I count all things to be loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ." (Philippians 3:8). Furthermore suffering may be present to remind us of the curse of sin, When God created the earth, it was a beautiful paradise, but man's sin brought a curse upon the earth and the freedom for Satan to kill and cause great destruction through natural disasters, such as hurricanes. So finally Christians and I would say; Our Father wants what is best for us, we do not know the future, God does and will shape events to bring true the promise and Knowing that our Father will work out for us the best, we do not need to worry when bad times come because God cares deeply for humanity. ...read more.

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