The Logical and Emotional Problems of Evil - Andy …
Suffering and the Problem of Evil - Patheos
The most weighty of the is the problem of evil. Of all the atheistic arguments, this is the one that has been around for longest, that has had the most words written about it, and that draws the most diverse responses from Christians.
The Problem of Evil - Existence of God
In brief, the problem is this: The traditional conception of God is as omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and benevolent. This implies that if God exists then he knows how to, wants to, and is able to prevent all suffering. If such a God existed, though, then he actually would prevent all suffering. Suffering, though, is a familiar part of the world around us; it has not been prevented. There is, therefore, no omniscient, omnipotent, and benevolent God.
Great Theosophical teachings of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater
A. Is God the source of human "suffering"?
1. God is the efficient cause of all things, but not the blameworthy cause of evil. Is suffering evil?
2. To permit suffering is not to take pleasure in it
Ezek. 18:32 - "I have no pleasure in the death of anyone..."
3. Is suffering the result of God's punishment or retribution?
Gen. 3:16-19 - "in pain you shall bring forth children...in sorrow you shall eat..."
Exod. 7-12 - plagues of God upon Egypt
I Cor. 11:29,30 - "judgment to oneself, if do not judge the body rightly
4. Is suffering the will of God? Does He orchestrate suffering?
Job 2:10 - "shall we accept good from God and not accept adversity?"
Jere. 32:42 - "I brought all this calamity on this people"
Amos 3:6 - "if a calamity occurs in a city, has not the Lord done it?"
I Pet 3:17 - "if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing right"
I Pet. 4:19 - "those who suffer according to the will of God"
5. Does God push the misfortune buttons? dented fender, clogged sink, heart attack?
B. Is Satan the source of human "suffering"?
Job 2:6 - "the Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, he is in your power...'"
Rev. 2:10 - "Do not fear what you are about to suffer. The devil is about to cast some of you into prison..."
C. Is suffering self-inflicted? Is suffering a result of the free choice of human sin? individually and/or collectively? Do we bring it upon ourselves? Is suffering the result of being bad or sinful?
Job - this was the advice of Job's counselors
Jn. 9:2,3 - "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed..."
D. Is suffering the fault of others? Is it the result of the sins of our fathers ? Hereditary suffering? Exod 20:5 - "I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and fourth generations..."
Lev. 26:39 - "because of the iniquities of their forefathers they will rot"
Jere 16:10,11 -"this calamity...is because your forefathers forsook Me"
Is this why innocent children suffer? Are sufferers victims?
E. Is suffering the result of fate? bad luck? Murphy's Law?