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The Problem Of Sin - If God Is So Powerful, Why Is There Sin?
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If God is a just, omnipotent, omniscient, and loving God, He would not allow evil in the world. However there is evil in this world, thus God either does not exist, or is not just, omnipotent, omniscient or loving. This is the argument many non-believers cling to in their rejection of God. How is possible for such a God as Christians claim there is to allow such atrocities to exist on earth as murder and rape? I appreciated Howard-Snyder’s defense of the Christian understanding of why evil, or at least the possibility of evil to exist, is necessary in order for love to become a reality.

Is it necessary for evil to exist in order for us to be able to display meaningful love in our relationships with other people? This does not seem to be a necessity at first, however, without the freedom to make our own choices there can be no love. Why is this? For the simple reason that, without the capacity to choose not to love, there is no real meaning or reason to choose to love. It is simply an automatic reality that cannot be decided for or against. Without the possibility of deciding against it, the value in deciding to love someone or something is lost. Thus we see that in a weird sense of the term, evil is required before love can become a reality.

God wants us to realize how depraved we are, how incomplete our way of doing things is. We can only come to this conclusion once we understand that A) We have free will to choose evil or righteousness and B) We have chosen to do evil and finally C) The results of this decision are the depravities we see around us. Why is it necessary for our decisions to affect others though? Howard-Snyder argues that without our decisions affecting anything other than ourselves we would simply be living an illusion that lacks depth or true meaning. I want to add (indeed he also adds this later) that without free interaction between humans loving relationships are impossible. Humans are highly relational creatures. Therefore this would be disastrous and pointless.

So once it is generally understood that humanity cannot resolve its flaws through its own actions, we are to look outside of ourselves for the answer. This is where God steps in and we are able to find our fulfillment in Him. However unfortunately, because our society often does not take responsibility for its actions, we simply look at the unfairness in our world and blame the hurt and pain upon God, who if He really loved us, why can He not save the innocent from unjust hurt and pain?

These are tough questions, which Howard-Snyder addresses by stating that the only fathomable reason God could have for not saving someone from unjust harm is if there were some greater good which He could only bring about by allowing the pain and suffering in the world to continue. God has limitations too, which Christians admit to (for example the only way to redeem humanity is through the sacrifice of his only son, Jesus). Free will to love is the reason God allows sin to continue, because, as stated above, without free will, we cannot really have true love.


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God wants us to realize how depraved we are? Really? Speak for yourself. I find more allowances for depravity within religious teachings than I ever did from the moral teachings of a secularist's.

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  about 3 years ago
Kymee  

the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

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  about 4 years ago

We need to go back to God's original plan, "I will be your God and you will be my people". God does not use evil, He is the All Powerful Almighty I AM and He can do anything. Please don't put boundries on God, there are no boundries in unconditional love. We have two choices, follow God or follow evil. If you want to follow evil, God steps back and says, ok, that is your choice. If you follow God, He will teach you, mold you, discipline you, test you. He will put a mirror in front of your face to show you His way, He will bring you to your knees. He wants you to obey Him, He wants you to love Him with all your heart, with all your soul, with everything you have. And you have to trust Him with your life in His hands. Do you only pray when things are bad? Do you thank God every day? We as humans wonder "why" the suffering, we bring it on ourselves, we have only ourselves to blame. When we ask God for help and you don't have a relationship with Him, why should He help you? Have you done what God has commanded? Do you trust Him? Do you know He is alive? For me, I love God so much that when He speaks, I fall on my face and say, God, whatever you want me to do, I will do. I want to live with God for eternity, I will run after Jesus as fast and as hard as I can. This is what I believe. God is love. God is a warrior. I don't know about you, but I want God on my side, He cannot be defeated.

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  about 4 years ago

Did you ever think that without bad, people would never know what good is? This idea is in Tao Te Ching. It means the opposite things are created to add one another. Isn't it harmony?

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  about 5 years ago

Free will is the key, I mean if you have a kid, and you force them to do the right thing all the time because you are always watching them and controlling them and never letting them act on their own and grow up, do you think they're gonna stay how you see them when you let them on their own? Of course not, their gonna rebel because they never had the opportunity to decide for themselves simply based off of a loving example. If a parent were to do this, are they really loving their child? and if they decide to lead simply from a loving example, does that mean that they don't exist?

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  about 6 years ago

This is a good example. I've actually seen and heard of this very sort of thing happening to families that attempt to control every aspect of their children's lives.

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  about 6 years ago
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