He has shown people how they should obey the Ten Commandments and follow Jesus' life and teaching. It is then up to human beings to decide whether or not to follow God's instructions. God has a plan for people's lives that they may not always understand. This may include evil and suffering but Christians should trust and have faith in God's plan. God wants people to follow the example of Jesus and help those who are suffering.
God must have a reason for allowing evil and suffering but the reason is beyond human understanding. The Christian faith entails doctrines that increase the probability of the co-existence of God and evil. What are some of these doctrines?
Let me mention four:. The chief purpose of life is not happiness, but the knowledge of God.
One reason that the problem of evil seems so puzzling is that we tend to think that if God exists, then His goal for human life is happiness in this world. But on the Christian view this is false. Many evils occur in life which maybe utterly pointless with respect to the goal of producing human happiness in this world, but they may not be unjustified with respect to producing the knowledge of God. Innocent human suffering provides an occasion for deeper dependency and trust in God, either on the part of the sufferer or those around him.
Of course, whether God's purpose is achieved through our suffering will depend on our response.
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Do we respond with anger and bitterness toward God, or do we turn to Him in faith for strength to endure? Mankind is in a state of rebellion against God and His purpose. Rather than submit to and worship God, people rebel against God and go their own way and so find themselves alienated from God, morally guilty before Him, and groping in spiritual darkness, pursuing false gods of their own making. The Christian is not surprised at the human evil in the world; on the contrary, he expects it.
The Bible says that God has given mankind over to the sin it has chosen; He does not interfere to stop it, but lets human depravity run its course. The knowledge of God spills over into eternal life.
In the Christian view, this life is not all there is. Jesus promised eternal life to all who place their trust in him as their Savior and Lord. In the afterlife God will reward those who have borne their suffering in courage and trust with an eternal life of unspeakable joy. The apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, lived a life of incredible suffering.
Paul imagines a scale, as it were, in which all the sufferings of this life are placed on one side, while on the other side is placed the glory that God will bestow on his children in heaven. The weight of glory is so great that it is literally beyond comparison with the suffering. Moreover, the longer we spend in eternity the more the sufferings of this life shrink toward an infinitesimal moment. The knowledge of God is an incommensurable good.
To know God, the source of infinite goodness and love, is an incomparable good, the fulfillment of human existence.
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The sufferings of this life cannot even be compared to it. These four Christian doctrines greatly reduce any improbability which evil would seem to throw on the existence of God. Probabilities are relative to what background information you consider. For example, suppose Joe is a student at the University of Colorado. Relative to this information it is highly probable that Joe skis. God provides the best explanation of why the universe exists instead of nothing. Have you ever asked yourself why anything at all exists?
Where it all came from?
6. The Creator of the Best of All Possible Worlds: Or the Evil Creator of the Worst?
Typically, atheists have said that the universe is eternal and uncased. But discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics during the last 80 years have rendered this improbable. According to the Big Bang model of the universe, all matter and energy, indeed, physical space and time themselves, came into being at a point about Prior to that point, the universe simply did not exist. Therefore, the Big Bang model requires the creation of the universe from nothing. Now this tends to be very embarrassing for the atheist.
Quentin Smith, an atheist philosopher, writes,.
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The response of atheists and agnostics to this development has been comparatively weak, indeed almost invisible. An uncomfortable silence seems to be the rule when the issue arises among non-believers. The reason for the embarrassment of non-theists is not hard to find. No such difficulty confronts the Christian theist, since the big Bang theory only confirms what he has always believed: that in the beginning God created the universe. Refresh and try again.
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They all collide into it and out of it, and it sometimes unites them, implodes them, saves them, or destroys them. This book is not for the faint of heart--these characters are just as troubled and intense and volatile as their surroundings, and the writing pulls not a single punch--but it's an unrelenting examination into a cast of characters that we rarely examine fairly or patiently, and who we often find it easy to dehumanize. The people who inhabit this world aren't cartoon heroes or villains--as it turns out, people who happen to handle large amounts of money for a living--are just people, with shortcomings, just like us.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 16, Mrs. Danvers rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. This is a fun, fast read. Definitely worth the price of admission although I wondered whether your average man-on-the-street would get the trading jargon. This kind of takes me back to the good ole days. The story is as exhilarating and terrifying as the apocalyptic trade at its center, the characters swirling around it both gonzo and deeply human.
Dillian is no wolf of Wall Street, he's its whirlwind. This is not my world.