Augustine also did not have a perfect answer, but he believes that God must let mankind through the experience of ignorance and difficulties. “It is true that, in the works studied by Ogliari, Augustine says that not all people will be saved by the grace of the second Adam, Christ. Everyone is treated justly and some will receive the mercy of God” (Van Geest, Paul). Augustine thinks that not everyone has the right to be saved. God knows who will be saved, so some of the humans are destined to be saved.
Is a God unable to suppress the evil or does he have no solution to problem of evil? The thesis posited by Mackie that evil exists and there is no God to stop the evil is still relevant to today. We still have wars, incurable diseases and struggles on this planet.
Utilizing the thought of interminability for instance, Pascal reminds his gathering of people that there exist thoughts which are outside human ability to understand; however this does not deny their reality. I would contend that it affirms the weaknesses of humankind notwithstanding such ideas, encourage fortifying Pascal 's idea of confidence in God as a bet. For when looking at a thought so expansive and jumbling as the presence of God we should concede overcome as in the very way of the idea disallows us from the grip of an entire comprehension. As Pascal clarifies, ".we do not know.the nature of God,
He thought this because he believed it involved that the elect that salvation that the elect could get could also be gained by the non elect person as a result of their own effort to salvation. Which I believe from my religion to not be true. I believe that anyone has the open and free will to receive salvation it's not only given to a specific group of people. But Calvin did not believe this to be true he believed that the reprobate are the people that God intentionally chooses to neglect, I don't believe that God neglects anyone that does not neglect him. John Calvin believed firmly in election and predestination and he backed his beliefs with biblical statements.
Then when the leader of the angels Lucifer became jealous of god he was cast out of heaven along with other fallen angels, this is how evil entered this world. Saint Augustine argued that, “evil is the absence of something good and the only way for god to have created a world without evil would to be to create another god like himself” (Velasquez, 2014p.263). Other answers include god created evil so we could have free will to choose god. Richard Swinburne explains, “it is not logical that god would give us free will and yet ensure we always use it the right way” (Velasquez, 2014p.264). Lastly, John Hicks argues that we would be dissatisfied in a world without evil.
He discusses the possibility of this occurring through natural theology, or contemplation, but decides that this is not possible due to the “ignorance and stupidity of the people” (sec. 6, pg. 29, para 1). He continues on to refute other possible explanations, before concluding that it occurs as a natural result of the flattery system; humans place one God above all others and say that he is omnipresent and infinite (sec. 6, pg. 31, para 1). They worship that one perfect God with the hope that they will attain the maximum control over their own anxieties and suffering. The purpose of these sections is to lead readers to doubt the foundations in reason of their belief
In contrast to justification, the Law is observed by works. The harsh realization of the Law is found in the inability of someone to live by and carry out the mandates it presents. Evaluation of definitions requires research to justification’s ability to replace the Law. Paul plainly rejects this notion, declaring the Law is not replaced and explains that if had not been for the Law he would not have fully know what was sin (Rom.
Platonist (not dualists) ascribe and believe it is the absence of essence and meaning. People turn away from the good to prefer lower “goods”; things of the flesh and their own ambitions and greed. By no means does this mean that Platonists and Christians think alike. Platonists believe that evil is ignorance whereas Christians believe evil is sin. Sin is seen as being deliberate.
Another aspect that angered Thoreau was the fact that “Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them” (393). This again goes along with the belief that man has the ability to know what is just, given by God, and does not need a government to decide for them how to live, especially when those ways are not true. In summation, Thoreau wants the government to lose the power it holds over the people so they can practice the morality and justice they know to be true due to man's connection with the
Aquinas approaches natural evil in a different way, because he views it as less of a punishment and more of an opportunity for goodness; “many good things would be missed if God permitted no evil to exist” (Aquinas, 1917, 1A, 49, 1). Sometimes a seemingly evil event, such as an earthquake, inspires people around the world to come together and help the country in need; therefore, the evil created an opportunity for goodness and unity, which is essentially God’s ultimate plan. When viewing evil through Aquinas’ approach it is notable that God is almost praised for including evil in our world, because it allows humanity to distinguish a difference between good and bad; therefore, humanity has a greater chance of appreciating the goodness in the world. Because of this, God’s existence is not only justified, but evil is shown as an essential part in making the world a peaceful place, rather than the initial idea that evil is a problem for the
Evil has been intertwined into our vocabulary from a very young age to describe villains in books and movies. To declare a person evil is to judge only by the acts of evil and nothing else. Thus, no one can be evil for an individual has performed at least one act of kindness in their lifetime Evil is not a spectrum but a lens; it depends on how you look at it. The phrase "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" is an example of seeing evil through the different lens.
There are people who define evil as a bad vibe, and others define it as a disaster of nature. On the article, “What do we Mean by Evil” Rollo Roming says,” in centuries past, “Evil” was used to describe all manner of ills, from natural disasters to the impulse to do something wrong” He speaks about different ways that people define evil in their own point of view. A tornado destroying half of a town can be called evil done by Mother Nature, and one person robbing a bank can be called evil since crimes are what people define as evil. Dr. Jekyll shows how the evil was always inside of his mind but he never expressed it, instead, he created a monster of himself not letting people find out who was behind that monster.