Faith and the Challenge of Evil

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FAITH AND THE CHALLENGE OF EVIL My argument will be faith and the challenge of evil. In a world that is full of malice, tragedy and disappointment, most people have a problem believing in God. If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? Would a world without evil be best for us? Would life without suffering be a good life for us? The benefits of evil, in fact, outweigh the cost. With God's revelation which promises transformation if we allow him in our lives, he will turn our mourning into joy. “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit.” [1] We cannot know why God operates the world the way that he does, but we can know that we can trust God, if we allow him into our lives. We are only given one life to live here on earth and several religions acknowledge this in their faith, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These religions also support the idea that there is an ultimate judgment upon each human life, the eternal state of each person is determined by the outcome of this final judgment. All agree that there is an afterlife after this one. Within these religions, the followers believe in self-denial which enables them to focus on the realm of the spirit. Self-discipline is expected of every Jew, Christian, or Muslim. Self-discipline is different from suffering. None of these religions within themselves consider suffering as good within itself. Suffering sometimes functions as a means toward good ends. Sometimes evil can serve as good. Enduring hardship can also mature us. The challenges of life test and improve our psyches. A person cannot become patient, without being forced to wait and hope. One cannot become wise without observing life in good time and in bad and thinking hard about the truths that are revealed to them. “But the wisdom
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