from the hands of evil all because of the actions done from a very distant past (Sharpe, 2015). 3. Briefly summarize the Christian worldview’s response to the problem of evil and suffering. Cite and reference the topic overview and/or Chapter 9 in the textbook. According to the Christian worldview, evil and suffering in the presence of an all good, all powerful God makes sense. It can be traced back to the time when human first desired to know good and evil like God. God, who loves humans so much, granted them what they wished for. In consequence, humans must know and experience what God will not do and does not want humans to experience – evil. From evil streams out suffering. Humans continue to suffer since they are born in a broken world, and imperfect and since humans are not and will never be God they are incapable of healing and saving themselves from evil and suffering, only by and through God (Sharpe, 2015).
3 4. Imagine that a close friend has just suffered through a great personal loss (death of a loved one, natural disaster, disease, job loss, divorce, or a broken relationship) and your friend asks you why God would let such a terrible thing happen. How would you respond to your friend? In my own perspective, the Christian worldview of suffering is logical. I would tell my friend that God has nothing to do with evil and suffering. It is the natural consequence of man’s own desire from the beginning to be like God, to know good and evil and in consequence all must experience evil and suffering. God has granted humans free-will and with his great love allowed humans to experience what they longed for from the beginning of time, to know good and evil like God does. It does not mean though that God has abandoned her or anyone who is in
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