Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able but not willing? Then He is Cruel. Then where is evil from? The problem arises if one believes that God is all powerful and completely loving which is a belief held by the three major world faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Final Review of learning in lesson Peer & Self assessment 4.3 Students encouraged to reflect on what they had learned.4.5
If God existed he would not allow suffering.Discuss showing that you have thought about different points of view.
The gas chamber door
The showers used as gas chambers
killing the Jews was called the Final Solution.
Here soldiers look on as they see a pile of dead Jewish children.
These are from Dr. Mengalas experiments on children.
The ovens designed to burn the bodies after being gassed
Prisoners await their fate
Bodies piled up after being removed from the gas chamber
A boy arrested for being Jewish
Piles of clothing from the victims being sorted
The badges used by the SS and a victim
Thousands gathered into this space to be stripped and executed.
Children killed in a truck at a concentration camp
Theists (people who believe in God) suggest that the remainder of suffering is caused by humanitys free will, which they refer to as moral evil. The writer and Christian philosopher C S Lewis was a believer of this argument which states that: Humans are free to do good or bad. Even an omnipotent God could not logically create humans who are free to do only good. Therefore evil is an inevitable consequence of human freedom.
Was Hitlers freedom to commit evil so precious that it was worth the destruction of the freedom of his six million victims? Is it any comfort to those who suffer that they do so for the sake of freedom? Could freedom be possible at a lesser price? If God created people who cant fly, why couldnt God create people who couldnt kill or injure each other?
VIETNAM The little girl is being burned by napalm.
A boy in South Africa imprisoned by the British
A concentration camp victim today
Can we demonstrate our understanding of what we have learnt about suffering. 3.6 I have learnt… I have understood… I can evaluate different interpretations of suffering……
1.Suffering is pointless. 2.Suffering teaches us to appreciate the small details of life. Suffering teaches us the meaning of life. 3.Suffering teaches individuals that their response to it is crucial. 4.Can you make up sentences that show how you have understood what you have learnt? Students are able to re-organise knowledge & use skills to make something new.3.7
Ordeal Disease Cancer hurricane Tornado Avalanche Storm Flood Famine Poverty Drought Unlimited capacity to suffer
Progeria is a disease that has got nothing to do with your behaviour or choice. It is a great suffering.
Did the soldier die a heros death or was it pointless. Does it matter if we rationalise it or not?
It is not fair that many innocent people suffer in this world.Christians say that God allows suffering so that some people can be able to be kind to others. Also some people suffer so that they can grow personally. Experience changes everyone. However I may suffer so much I may not learn but simply exist. Suffering is difficult to describe. There is physical suffering with pain. Then there is mental suffering that you cannot see but is just as cruel. Then there is natural suffering like storms and floods. Then there is man made suffering. This includes murder and war.
Christians would say that suffering serves a purpose. Do you agree or disagree? If I suffer and believe that God appreciates my suffering then hopefully I will learn. I will learn to be more considerate and kind. Suffering can change a person. It can hopefully make them realise what it might be like to be someone else. Some Christians will believe that their suffering will gain them some merit in heaven. Some might feel that suffering serves no purpose. But most people feel that suffering changes them for the better. They may be more loving and compassionate and caring. They will respect the less fortunate and those who need our help.