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The Problem Of Evil Essay

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The problem of evil is the notion that, how can an all-good, all-powerful, all-loving God exists when evil seems to exist also. The problem of evil also gives way to the notion that if hell exists then God must be evil for sending anyone there. I believe both of these ideas that God can exist while there is evil and God is not evil for sending anyone to hell. I believe hell exists in light of the idea that God is holy and just. The larger is how anyone can go to heaven. I will try to answer the problem of evil with regards to the problem of heaven and hell. When I look out into the world it does not take long for me to realize that we are all different in a plethora of different ways. We all grow up in many different societies and cultures that have shaped the way we think and act. Our behavior patterns are in large part due to our culture that we grew up in. We grow up with certain biases and different perspectives on what is good in life and what is not. Some of us have grown up in religious homes of some sort that had a large impact on what we think about life. Some of us have developed habits and traditions from our culture or religious practices. Some of us grow up in non-religious households that find it more meaningful to live without the boundaries and traditions of religion. The point is that we are all different from each other. The interesting thing about this is that we did not choose any of this. What about us did we choose? We did not choose when we were born. We did not choose what family, culture, or religion we were born into. We did not choose our parents and the way we look. We did not choose some of the tendencies and behavior patterns that we inherited from our parents. We did not choose the gifts and talents that we were born with. Some of the uncontrollable experiences in our lives have shaped the way we think and act today. We are all different and this idea is at the heart of cultural relativism. When we start to compare ourselves to other people we do ourselves a disservice because we do not take in account the mantle of characteristics about that person that they did not choose. Is it fair that one person was born into a family in Zimbabwe where they struggle to get a meal each day, rather than being born into a wealthy family in America? Is it fair that one person was born with one arm and the other person was not? I can go on and on but the point is what about these peoples circumstances did they choose? It does not take long for us to realize that life is not fair at all in comparison to each other. This lets us see how no one has the right to judge anyone. Now who do we say is responsible for all this? If we look at a drawing and see that one person is drawn different than the other we are going to question the artist. The artist is responsible for the art work. So who is responsible for human beings? All eyes point to God. This is the answer to the problem of evil. Evil is not something that’s create, it is...

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