Most folks in the world are disheartened by the bitter fact that evil happens. People are astonishment as to why God can exist and at the same time allow the evil we see and experience each and every day in our environs to prevail (Braine 1-10). They fail to fathom the reason why a capable God would by genuine reasons agree to the notion that the power of choice should be bestowed in humans. They claim that if God is a loving God, he ought to allow his creations to decide if he really hopes to see a world where utmost love can subsists at all and they think man may misuse the ability bestowed in him to select acts in a very fierce way that does not concur with the morality principles. The byproduct of a universe where the power to inculcate love in our humanly actions is an option is the widespread ethical evil being witnessed in the world currently.
Evils of various kinds exist in the world. Most of these evils are referred to as natural evils. Innocent souls die day by day because of natural calamities and tragedies. The effects of maladies, epidemics and pandemics can also not be overlooked. These widespread of natural evil seemingly has no bearing to the actions of the human beings and the types of resolutions that they make in their lifetime. How then can all these evils that happen be accounted for? Why would God allow such misfortunes to befall His innocent and blameless creation on earth? These burning questions that touch on the supernatural beings require careful meditation and arguments to enable us understand really the existence of God and the occurrence of the evils that have filled the globe. This paper will take a stand as to whether God exists or not considering the notion of the presence of evil on earth.
I believe that God exists irrespective of the multiple occurrences of evil on the surface of the earth. My reasoning will be supported by writings in the ancient scriptures like the bible and some of my personal opinions about the attributes of God. This will serve to prove the existence of God in the universe and if in any case He has a hand in the occurrence of natural evil and the human evil that is rampant today. If some of the evil will be attributed to God then the first and clear postulation that I will make is that He exists, because what is not present cannot be involves in an occurrence. If he is absent then the evil could as well be absent. My first argument will be to connect God to the occurrence of evil so that I can be able to justify my point that the existence of evil does not show the absence of God. There must be genuine reasons why God allows evil to occur on earth to His innocent souls (Reichenbach 90-96).
I believe that the catastrophes that happen have some positive effects in our spiritual lives. The natural evil does not portray God as non-existent but tend to cause humans to start a strong and healthy relationship with the almighty God (Langtry 67). As a Christian, I believe that the evils serve the purpose of bringing us closer to God. May Christians can confess to the fact that their first and thoughts about God were made in an era of crisis. Many individuals would not give God a chance in their lives was it not for a tragedy happening in their lives. The natural evil, therefore, acts as a facilitator for making a choice to come closer to God and not to distance ourselves from Him. The existence of evil, therefore, does not work to show that God is non-existent, but God Himself uses it as a tool to draw or attract people towards Him and challenges them to give Him a chance in their lives.
The occurrence of evil does not show that God does not exist, because it influences humanity to cultivate the moral character of the almighty God. Considering the nature of the current world, it is beyond reasonable doubt that there are imperfections in it. Peril and danger envisage the life of innocent beings. Such a world requires paramount cooperation and co-existence so as to enable the biodiversity to overcome the challenges effectively. But on many occasions the love and compassion is only shown in instances of calamity. Is it in the time of disaster that we can best show our love to the victims of disaster and that we can get the opportunity to develop and form our moral character in line with God’s? I believe that God could as well instill good character in every one of us but without the power of choice upright character would be worthless. This means that a good character must be a matter of choice and God has by design created a world that aggravates us to improve our conditions of the heart and to develop a sense of care for the needy. In doing this, we become better people.
There is one certainty that it is not completely unreasonable for the theists to acknowledge that God exists, however, the natural calamities are present in the globe. The presence of evil may not be the sole persuasive evidence of the existence of the almighty God, it is consistent with the fact that God exists as the Christians views supports.
The Christian scriptures too reinforces the idea of God creating natural calamities, and this is in agreement with what has been discussed above. The holy bible describes the human as a free-willed people who have the choice of not loving Him or loving Him. The bible affirms the idea that some individuals will not see the essence of depending on God in the absence of pain that emanates from the moral and natural evil. The bible attests to the idea that the free will of the demonic and the angelic creations usually cause humanity to experience the side effects of evil and also describes suffering as a chance to make us prepared character-wise.
In many occasions in the bible texts, the world inhabited by humans has been described. This world is characterized by the occurrence evils of different magnitudes. Human beings possess the freewill, and this often leads to and propagates the problem. It makes people to be closer to God and often trigger people to adopt positive behavior that reflects God’s character. Varied forms of evil may exist in the world, but their existence does not disqualify God’s existence.
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