2. Briefly summarize the problem of evil and suffering. Cite and reference the topic overview and/or Chapter 9 in the textbook. We are all made, formed, and shaped in God’s image; however, everyone is born into a sinful world. Sharpe (2015) highlights the problem of evil and suffering as something that is present every day in human life. Suffering comes from evil and evil is all around us because it has been present since the fall of humanity. Evil and suffering are a problem due to disobedience because God’s power is overlooked in a world of evil. God wants us to bring all our suffering and problems too because he is offering us free will. If we trust God with all of
our hearts, then the suffering may end because suffering is simply an emotion that comes from evil. 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. The Christian worldview’s response to the problem of evil and suffering is like Jesus suffering at the cross. God gave us his only son to die for our sins, but Jesus did suffer if it is okay for his son to suffer then we are able to experience suffering as well. God gave us the free will to decide between good or evil, wrong or right because he loves us. Another example of suffering is Job, God allows Satan to try and tempt Job because he knew his heart. God knew Job was a very faithful man and he would not turn his back on God. Job suffering questioned fairness, justice, and the presence of God in the midst of suffering (Merrick, 2015).
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