The Problem of Evil

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Name: ___________________________________ Writing Style Used: MLA________________________________ (e.g., Turabian, APA, or MLA) Course and Section Number: THEO 202_____________________ Essay on Topic Hamartiology: The Problem of Evil (Theodicy) There is a consistent question that seems to repeat itself when witnessing to both nonbelievers and believer alike. The question often sparks a theological debate and sometimes heated arguments. The question roots its self in the problem of evil. “The phrase the problem of evil is actually a label for a series of such problems involving God and evil” (Elwell P.413). It typically fashions itself in a question such as this. How can a good God allow so much evil to take place if He loves us? This is often asked by but not limited to someone who has been hurt while serving God faithfully or by someone who has no significant knowledge of who God truly is. The problem of evil also presents itself as more of a statement rather than a question as well. If God is all powerful and in complete control why does he allow such evil things to take place? In order to answer such questions we must first take a look at why we as people are in this predicament. Evil exists not because God is not in control or due to his incompetence as our Father. Evil entered the world through our own disobedience and failure to trust God in his perfection. “The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too” (Gen 3:6 NLT). It was at this very moment that sin entered the world. Both in the physical and moral areas of humanity and nature. Before this moment there was no sickness and no destruction. Prior to this the earth physically was
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