redemptive death of Christ a step further by recalling the story of the man who

Redemptive death of christ a step further by

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redemptive death of Christ a step further by recalling the story of the man who was born blind, “Jesus […] replied that this man was born blind so that the glory of God may be made manifest.”3Even Christ Himself attests to the purpose of evil: bringing glory to the name of God! Although evil brings suffering and pain into God’s creation, it affirms the power of and brings glory to the name of the Lord God Almighty.As a human being, it is difficult to witness the majesty of creation and doubt God’s authority. Therefore, God’s benevolence must be brought into question. Recall the argument that God could have created good, well-behaved humans. If God were to prevent people from inflicting evil, He would no longer be benevolent because He has not 1Scott Chastain, “The Problem of Evil and the Problem of the Solutions to the Problem of Evil.”2Patrick J. Keane, Emily Dickinson’s Approving God: Divine Design and the Problem of Suffering (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008), 103.3N.K. Singh, Religious Concept of Sin (Delhi: Global Vision Publishing, 2003), 272.
given them the choice to decide their own paths. By allowing humans to make decisions, He is giving them the opportunity to choose good over evil. Even if human beings cannot see the purpose of evil, 1Scott Chastain, “The Problem of Evil and the Problem of the Solutions to the Problem of Evil.”2Patrick J. Keane, Emily Dickinson’s Approving God: Divine Design and the Problem of Suffering (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008), 103.3N.K. Singh, Religious Concept of Sin (Delhi: Global Vision Publishing, 2003), 272.
God has a master plan that no human mind can possibly comprehend. As a Christian, it is impossible not to believe in God’s omnipotence and benevolence, but mostly his omniscience.In Hume’s Dialogue Concerning NaturalReligion, Philo uses evil as evidence against his opponents’ arguments for God’s all-knowing, all-powerful nature. However, moral evils are the direct result of humans’ choices to bring pain and suffering into the world; this freedom attests to God’s benevolence toward His creation. Also, natural evil can be and is often used to produce positive results as part of God’s grandiose plan for His creation. Evil is both the manifestation of human failure and the confirmation of God’s affection for His world.

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