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Sin and Suffering Is there a reason for sin and suffering It is obvious the two are directly related in the Bible In the Old Testament we see SaulPaul feeling the wrath of God when he killed innocent people as a king Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of Eden when they took fruit from a tree which God told them not to do Today though the relationship between sin and suffering is not so clear We see poor starving people in Africa They suffer terribly but there is no evidence that they haved sinned to the extent of being starved to death Sin and suffering have been interpreted in different ways by different aspects of Christianity Conservative Christians believe the Adam and Eve story to be literal history and suffering is a direct consequence of their breaking of the covenant that Adam had with God The Old Testament gives us an overall understanding of sin Some beliefs include turning away from God and putting yourself before him Not fufilling Gods will or goals or rebellion or disobedience towards God A classic view of sin is highlighted in Jeremiah 179 Sin is that which sets up in place of God It is an inner attitude of going against what is right with its basis in the heart Is sin free will Or is it something we are born with something we have inherited from Adam The Westminister Larger Catectism summarises the Biblical teaching of sin itself It takes Pauls argument The wages of sin is death in Romans623 Like this verse many books in the Bible see the punishment for sin being death and going to hell Another punishment for sin is Alienation Alienated from our God our neighbour and our enviroment and through this alienation we will suffer greatly John called Alienation The most dreadful of all sins consequences Suffering is part of the process
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