Evil and suffering can sometimes make people question their religious beliefs. Christian beliefs about the origins of suffering in the world and how to respond to this problem vary.
What is moral evil?
The hurt that is caused by human choices
The hurt that follows when the forces that shape the world come into play
Actions that God tells people to do
What is natural evil?
What is meant by 'free will'?
God has given all human beings the right to make their own choices
God forces people to do what he wants
People simply following what their genetic nature makes them do
Why might suffering make people question the idea that God is all-loving and all-powerful?
Suffering means God enjoys seeing people suffer
Suffering means God only loves some people
If God was all-loving and all-powerful he would end suffering
What is meant by Satan or the Devil?
A good angel
The power of evil that works against God's goodness
Human's freedom to do wrong
How does the Adam and Eve story show evil coming into the world?
They kill their son, Abel
They run around naked
They use their free will to disobey God and destroy the perfect world
What is original sin?
The tendency shared by all humans to do wrong
Living in a perfect place
Being obedient to God in all things
How might Christians respond to evil?
Ask someone else to bear it for them
Ignore it and hope it goes away
Pray about it and try to remove the symptoms of evil
How might evil and suffering prepare Christians for heaven?
It makes them despair and give up trying to improve
It strengthens them in their struggle against evil
It turns them away from God
What is Jesus' message in the parable of the Sheep and the Goats?
Suffering separates the sheep from the goats
Sheep and goats should be treated kindly
By ignoring people who are suffering or in need, Christians ignore Jesus himself