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Suffering is the Fault of Humans

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´╗┐Suffering is the Fault of Humans There are differing views on the origin of suffering. Many Christians believe that suffering is the fault of humans as we were given the ability to choose between good and evil and if we chose evil this might be how we brought about our own suffering. Corruption and immorality pervade humanity, but are clearly we have a choice . C.S Lewis said, "Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself." From the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, man made the wrong choice. So it might be said that Adam brought suffering into the world but we still had a choice whether or not to commit sins and the suffering that those sins might cause. God's solution to this is one of redemption through Christ in which we ultimately escape pain and suffering in the world. This therefore to some extent demonstrates God?s love. Thomas Aquinas stated that you had to believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as your saviour to be rewarded for your faith when you die, thus your suffering amounts to a spiritual reward. The fact is God did create a faultless world and man chose to rebel and thereby to have introduced sin. ...read more.


therefore might be God's way of shaping or forming the soul in order to help prepare it for eternity. There is a paradox involving ?mighty? God and the problem of suffering. Epicurus introduced the idea of an inconsistent triad, God cannot be omnipotent, benevolent and at the same time allow suffering to exist. So, regardless of how one interprets this paradox, God cannot be the God that one believes him to be. In order to understand it, perhaps one has question our own knowledge. As mere humans, with finite minds and experiences, we cannot give a definitive opinion on what is considered to be ?good.? Perhaps God's infinite wisdom can see beyond our inevitable human limitations and fallibilities. Atheists maintain that the problem of human suffering represents one of the more formidable arguments against the existence of an omnipotent God. God expressed his love (1 john 4:8) and granted mankind with free will ( Joshua 24:15.) Foolish choices can sometimes have devastating consequences. Hence, the responsibility for unwise choices is that of man and not God. Anytime we are faced with needless suffering, whether spiritual, physical or psychological, we are faced with the contradiction: how can we believe in such a God, especially a God who allows the suffering of the innocent? The question assumes that God has done nothing, when in fact if God had immediately judged all of humanity and removed the evil rebellion that causes suffering today, we would not be alive. ...read more.


Another solution could be that suffering is not a punishment, but a lesson. God may have reasons that we cannot even comprehend, for allowing the deaths of people. We could also resort to being disappointed in or disillusioned with God. There is a Jewish tradition of the most righteous people objecting to Gods decisions, For example, Abraham defending the people of Sodom. Thus, we may not have to agree with the divine decrees. One thing is certain ?many who have passed through the crucible of suffering will acknowledge that they have found themselves infinitely better for the experience- bitter though it may have been? The reason behind suffering is a widely controversial issue. Christians have many theories as to why god would allow suffering to exist, while Atheists will simply argue that suffering is caused by humans alone. Some Christians believe that suffering is part of God's plan for us. They believe that God sets suffering as an obstacle to overcome which if we have undergone, without losing faith, we are rewarded with eternal life. Luke states, 'blessed are those who weep now for you will laugh.' Therefore, those who suffer in life will be rewarded for their tribulations. In my opinion, there is therefore no set answer to the complicated question whether we, as opposed to God, are responsible for our own suffering except to say that to some extent it depends on individual beliefs and teachings emanating from different religions established over the ages. ...read more.

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