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Theories of Life after Death do not provide a solution to the problem of evil Discuss.

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Megan Murphy ?Theories of Life after Death do not provide a solution to the problem of evil? Discuss. The problem of evil is believed by Christians to have begun with the story of Adam and Eve. This is because Adam ate the forbidden fruit which showed to God that Adam was sinful and had an evil streak in him with which he would betray people as long as he got what he wanted. Adam was easily influenced by the snake and this aspect of evil has now been passed through to everyone in the world as we all stemmed from Adam and Eve. This is an aspect of moral evil as Adam influenced it himself and this is believed to have been passed down to all humans which allows us to have evil characteristics within our natures. However, Christians also believe that ?good? people are rewarded in the afterlife, and people who have behaved badly are punished. Justice is not always served in this lifetime so people now believe it must be served in the afterlife, therefore suggesting that there is an afterlife and a part of us goes to it to be rewarded. This would suggest that the statement is wrong as theories of life after death do allow belief that there is a solution for the problem of evil. ...read more.


Therefore this would be in agreement of the statement as life after death would not be a solution to the problem of evil. St. Augustine thought God only put good into the world but evil was brought about by a privation of good. He believed that the ?snake? was the original source of evil which tempted Adam and Eve to misuse their freewill, and that now every human is born with original sin from ?Adams loins?. He strongly believes that natural evil was punishment for sins as God only designed a perfect world rid of evil. However it is difficult to believe this as God made the whole world so he had an influence on what happened in it, so he could have prevented Adam from eating that forbidden fruit, and if he is all knowing then he would have known that was going to happen and he could of stopped it before it took place. Therefore, from Augustine?s point of view, life after death would solve the problem of evil, as people who behave badly do go to hell in the afterlife, but this is also contradictory as in Augustine?s opinion, God didn?t bring evil to the world so where did hell come from as God established both heaven and hell and therefore he expected people to go to both of those categories. ...read more.


Richard Dawkins does not believe in life after death as he is an atheist and believes that life on earth is a natural consequence of evolution. Therefore he would not believe that the afterlife provides a solution to the problem of evil, but that the problem of evil should be resolved in this world as this is the only world there is. So in conclusion, theories of life after death vary to the degree that they support or go against the view that it is a solution to the problem of evil. In my opinion, life after death will never be properly known as to whether it is real or not as no one can go there and come back. Although some people say they have had NDE?s we cannot totally believe what people say is true so, we are no closer to finding out the truth about life after death. Ideally everyone would like to believe there is a life after death as it gives reassurance that it is not the last of you once you die, and that justice is served so that people in life get what they deserve. However, no one can tell that this will defiantly happen so maybe we should rely on justice being served in this life then it would be certain and there wouldn?t be as much evil in the world. ...read more.

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