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The problem of evil in the world often raises many questions about God and whether he is actually omniscient omnibenevolent and omnipotent If God is so good how can his world be so bad Many people have even deserted their faith because of the problem of evil Take September 11 as an example How could God let more than 3000 innocent souls die if he is so divine The word theodicy derived from the Greek words theos God and dike justice is a word used in Christian theology to show that God is righteous and just despite the presence of evil in the world 1 I feel that God gave humans the choice to make their own decisions and to have free-will Therefore he is not responsible for both moral and natural evil that occurs because of our independent choices The existence of evil is rationally incompatible with the existence of a good god Therefore an outside force must be involved which is called free-will The actions of free-will led to two kinds of evil in the world moral and natural Natural evil consists of events that take place and cause suffering such as diseases and natural disasters Moral evil consists of the actions that people make due to free-lance behavior such as murder or stealing Evil is a choice that people make since we believe that actions that are chosen freely are better than those that are mechanical 2 1 httpwwwfaithnet freeservecoukastheodicyrevisionnoteshtm Pelusa 2002 2 Id like to thank Professor Dardis for the discussion of this idea in class In the book of Genesis 31-24 God gave humans a choice as to whether they would obey or disobey him and to make their own decisions After the creation of the first man and woman God gave them the ability to exercise free-will in the story that took place in the Garden of Eden God told Adam and Eve not to eat
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