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Susan Stalte Sr. Peggy December 6, 2011 AIE Assignment The mystery of suffering and evil is something I think about quite often. With that said, I found this chapter very interesting. There were a number of different theories and viewpoints discussed, many of which I have not reflected on before. Towards the beginning of the chapter, a segment on the book of Job in the Hebrew Scriptures caught my attention. In the story, Job goes from having everything in life, to slowly losing it all. With that said, there are two explanations for this happening. The first being, he must have sinned, “…for suffering is a divine punishment for sin” (1). The second being that “…Job’s suffering is a testing, a disciplining of the human spirit…” (1). I found the second reasoning to be very insightful, since this follows more of my personal beliefs – that God is loving God and cannot prevent all evil. Another key insight I came across in the chapter is in regards to sin. I was intrigued to read about encountering bad example,
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Unformatted text preview: and the “sin of the world.” This portion of the chapter was one that was most meaningful to me. This is one aspect of sin that I had not considered or put much thought into. Besides our personal sins, the more superior power of sin is also at work – our environment. This is a prime example of the misuse of human freedom. Throughout my reading, there was one key quote that really stuck out to me. Towards the end of the chapter, a section titled: Jesus Forgives Sins and Calls People to Conversion , led to great insight. This specific section focuses on Jesus and his choice to not allow evil to obliterate his loyalty to God. Jesus believes that it is hatred that leads to suffering. He “…reveals that it is love which breaks this power of human destruction,” (1). I was rather moved by this quote, as it is very relevant to society today, and a much needed reminder that we all need!...
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