Analysis: Underestimating God

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Underestimating God When something evil is happening it is normal for mankind to go through the five stages of grieving (Axelrod, 2006). Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance are all normal parts of processing a detrimental moment in life. No two individuals will go through the stages in the same time or even the same order yet rest assured that at some point we will all ask: why? As part of our quest to understand our relationship with the rest of mankind and God we will try to find some sort of justification for an act of evil. For some we will ask as we are bargaining with God to make circumstances different for we know God to be all powerful. For others we will ask why as we are denying that this sort of evil does …show more content…
Therefor evil must come from another source. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). All that is good comes from God; therefor evil must come from contradicting God. When we, as humans, go against the will of God we are responsible for creating evil. According to Christian beliefs the desire to go against God comes from Satan. The fact that temptation stems from Satan satisfies the question of where evil comes from. Knowing where evil comes from does not answer how evil works. The problem of evil is the difference between the expectation of the reality that is suggested by God and the reality of our worldly experiences. “But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (Proverbs 1:13). The problem of evil is that we have an expectation that God will provide and protect if we simply follow his will. Yet it is common knowledge that there have been instances where believers have not been at ease or have been harmed. The problem of evil is why do bad things happen to good …show more content…
For example if you were attempting to explain to a five year old that they were going to Disney World in July you would need to find another way besides July or eight months to convey time. Instead you would say that Disney World was after Christmas, then after the snow melts, and then after school ends instead of simply saying that we are going on vacation in eight months. A child simply does not grasp months or even what a July is. In order to make something as abstract as time relatable and understandable we must us references that are within the child’s

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