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Suffering and Evil (perspective of two religions) Christian and Hindu

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Suffering and Evil (perspective of two religions) The Christian explanation for there being evil and suffering in the world is mainly based on "the fall" and the story of Adam and Eve. It explains how a serpent tempted Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge saying that it would make them as powerful as God. They were tempted and a curse was put upon them and they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. This story shows how human beings were persuaded to let evil into the world through temptation and the wanting of power. However, not all Christians would take this story literally, as they would say that that is not the only reason for there being evil on the world, Adam and Eve's mistake is not the only explanation for evil and suffering, we are to blame to. It also shows how being disobedient and selfish means your going your own way and not Gods way, which is the right way. Not going Gods way could mean you are going the way of the Devil. According to the Bible the Devil was supposed to have been an archangel who rebelled and fell from heaven. ...read more.

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Christianity believes in original sin, it is in human nature to sin and go against Gods will because of "The Fall". Therefore we can not be fully blamed for our faults as it's in our nature to have them. People who are suffering should consider this but can also refer to the story of Job in the Old Testament. It explains how Job endured the suffering and kept his faith in God, and even though he questioned God for the suffering that was put upon him, he never went against God. Because of this Job ended up twice as rich due to his faith. People who are suffering should consider their suffering as a test from God, to test their endurance and faith in God; after the pain and suffering is over they will be rewarded. Christians would also say that suffering is part of life; humans have to find the inner-good to make the world a better place. People who are suffering will come out as a better person than before, light and hope will come out of darkness and evil. Christians believe that when you die you go to heave where there is eternal happiness, so you may suffer now on earth but when you die, as long as you're a good person, you will have eternal happiness. ...read more.

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All life in the samsara is born with suffering and dies with suffering, until we attain moksha. Which is also called ananda (pure joy), Samadhi (emptiness), this is the release from suffering and the liberation to join God (Brahman). However, Christians believe that when we die we go to heaven if we have lived a morally good life on earth. But, if you have leaded a sinful life, you will be judged and will go to hell, where there is eternal suffering. Heaven is an end to all suffering. Some Christians say that you have to believe in Jesus and be a good Christian to go to heaven. Others would say that it is how you live your life that matters. Overall, Christians would say that suffering is only temporary on earth, after death you have eternal happiness in heaven. Christians would not totally agree with the statement because there will only be an end to the suffering when you die if you are a good person. This statement would not apply to all people. In conclusion, Hinduism would not believe this statement to be true as they do not believe in heaven and hell but in reincarnation. Christians would say this is true but only to and extent, it would only apply to those who have leaded a good life. Dina Halai 11DV ...read more.

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