Short Essay on Hamartiology: the Problem of Evil (Theodicy)

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Short Essay #1 Short Essay on Hamartiology: The Problem of Evil (Theodicy) This past Sunday as I returned home from an awesome morning at church our neighbor Sam was outside taking care of his yard in the one hundred and two degree heat. After a brief conversation about making sure he was drinking water he confided in me that he had a hard time dealing with the situations he has been seeing on the news, recent reports of natural catastrophes, wars, disease and other issues that he has personal concerns about. I could tell he really wanted to go and sit down and talk about this so I invited him over for lunch and told him I would do my best to answer the questions he may have. Sam is a very nice gentleman who has always had the heart to do whatever he can for anyone. Once inside he immediately asked me to help him make sense of the presence of evil in the world and even if there really is a God in existence. This question really struck me by surprise because of my previous connotations that he was a Christian. I had to mentally take a step back and first explain to Sam that unfortunately the presence of evil in the world does exist. I asked him if he believes in right and wrong or even if he thought there were good people and bad (evil) people. Sam answered with a yes to both of the questions that I asked. I then told him that because there is good and bad that there is God (good) and Satan (evil). He had a hard time comprehending that when God created the world along with Adam and Eve, he did not want them to experience the difference between good and evil. I told Sam that God only wanted them to know Him and that is why He warned then to “not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” God gave Adam and Eve this one command because he did not want then to know anything less than holiness. Because of the disobedience from Adam and Eve they brought sin

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