Job 4: 7-21 is taken from Eliphaz’s speech to Job. After undergoing immense suffering for no apparent reason, Job curses his life and birth and seeks comfort from his friends. Although Job is a good and holy man, Eliphaz states that suffering is the result of sin. He is implying that Job’s suffering is a result of a sinful life, although we already know the true reason for his pains. In verse 7, “Think now, who that was innocent ever perished, or were the upright cut off?”, Eliphaz basically says that the good do not suffer.
In this essay I will be explaining the problem of evil, the types of evil, Irenaeus’ idea on immature beings and Augustine’s theodicy of free will. Augustine in his ‘confessions’ defined the problem of evil. ‘Either God cannot abolish evil, or he will not; if he cannot then he is not all-powerful; if he will not then he is not all good’. His assumption is that a good God would eliminate evil as far as it is possible, because if he is omnipotent then all evil should be eliminated, but evil exists so why does God allow it? David hum in ‘Dialogues concerning Natural Religion’ argues that either God is not omnipotent, or God is not omnibenevolent, or evil does not exist.
Romans 8:4, 5 states “in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (NKJV) Meaning the requirement of the law of God is those who live to serve him and do not live to serve themselves will do things for the Spirit and not worldly things for themselves. To serve God completely feels impossible sometimes because it is in our human nature to sin, to give in to our fleshly desires. Romans 8:12,13 “ Therefore, brethren, we are debtors-not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”(NKJV) This does not mean that we
Now in this world there is a balance of everything that is how order is kept in this world therefore for every good thing that happens there will be something bad following. I will be arguing why god allows evil and how he gives us free will to choose from good or evil. God didn't create evil. Evil is only a lacking of good. God is good, and the things that He created are meant to be good.
Suffering was given to both of these men and what I found was some similarities and some differences between these “innocent” men. Job is in search for the source of his misery and would allow him as an honest believer to call his miseries a divine punishment. Oedipus is looking for the murderer of Laius, which I believe to be an outlining guilt of his own and is in fact his own misery. They both reach the same conclusion at the end of their journeys that some things are beyond the reach of human beings. The differences are that Job’s search for truth pleases God, that his seeking for righteousness is just and noble.
Augustine defends the god of theism by rejecting the existence of evil as a force or power opposed to god as it would reject the premise that god is omnipotent. Below are the ways in which he justifies moral and natural evil, which respectively mean evil caused by human acts, and evil events caused by the processes of nature. To justify evil, he solves the problem by defining evil as a ‘privation’ – which means when something is ‘evil’, it is not defined to contain bad qualities but is seen to be falling short of perfection, or what it is expected to be. Take a rapist as an example. Adopting Augustine’s idea of ‘evil’, we are to say that he is not living up to standards expected of human beings.
B. Swinburne claims that if there is a God, the occurrence of evils is to be expected. C. If the theist cannot explain why the co-existence of God and Evil is possible, then his belief in God is not rational. II. Moral Evil: Any evil doing that does harms to others and is done by humans with intents. A.
Many, if not most, Christians would argue that they believe the second statement and that morality depends entirely on God as he is omnipotent and omnibenevolant and so is the source of goodness. One reason why atheists would argue that Christians cannot follow any other statement is because if morality was grounded if something other than God, it means that atheists could do morally good actions consciously, without requiring religious faith, and could perhaps be more morally good than a Christian, making belief in or obedience to God pointless. Therefore, theists need to claim that morality can only be understood through God because what He commands is good, to set them apart from and above the rest of society in
He, like all those before and after him, was wondering why God was allowing His chosen people to go through the suffering they were having to endure at the hands of their enemies. He didn’t understand why no matter no matter how much he cries out for God to save them, God has not yet changed the situation. [footnote1] While Habakkuk begins by wondering or worrying about the world around him and God’s seeming indifference, he ends by worshipping God. [footnote2] Habakkuk’s name means to embrace or wrestle. Per usual, his name has to do with the message in his book.
An enormous amount of human pain arises from people’s inhumanity. The pain includes such major scourges such as poverty, oppression and persecution, was and all the injustice, indignity and inequalities that have occurred throughout history. The challenge of evil is that it challenges the belief in the existence of God. God is meant to be omnipotent and omnibenevolent and so suffering should not therefore exist. The fact that it does suggests that God is not omnibenevolent.