Comparing Night And C. S. Lewis A Grief Observed

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In this world, where it is a constant battle between good and evil, it is difficult to figure out why bad things happen. Many say God causes pain and suffering for no reason, but others consider everything to be a part of God’s predetermined plan for mankind. Differences in opinion for this dilemma are illustrated by the stark differences between the feelings of authors Elie Wiesel in Night and C.S. Lewis in A Grief Observed. Wiesel lost his faith in a good God, and he believed that there could be no plan in place that would permit the great evils and human suffering that he witnessed during the Holocaust. Then, there is Lewis who questioned God at the beginning of his grieving process, but he came to believe in the necessity of suffering caused …show more content…
I believe that the Genesis answer is very accurate because it touches on the pertinent point of human beings having free will. We were given the freedom to choose to tap into the good and/or evil that is within all of us. Our creation reason was to obey the will of God, though we still act out and decide to go against the one that gave us so much freedom and power. Free will is something that I firmly believe in because without it, there would be no reason for us to choose to turn to God, and that is the most important decision to make in life. When Lewis mentions the lilies, it is to show why he thinks God gave is free will despite the disadvantages. It is so that we are able to almost be our own gods, and so we can be unique, special creations. Disadvantages include wondering if having free will is worth the evil and the issue that, since God has so much power and intervenes at times, how much free will do we actually have? At times, we need God to intervene and that outweighs losing a little bit of our freedom to decide. Having free will gives us much power, but it also weakens us greatly. It brings about so much good, along with the evil, that we need it to have the positive things in this world as well. Lastly, the disadvantages are manageable because free will makes us able to choose God and gives us the great feeling of knowing that …show more content…
Despite this, nothing will separate us from God’s love, and we are supposed to continue and trust that God is with us, not against us. Disadvantages are that this response does not offer anything that is going to stop the evil, and it does not offer an option that will help us to live again. Nothing is more true than the fact that there is evil in the world that is unstoppable and happens to everyone. Whether it comes from inside us, from God, or from some outside evil source, the evil still happens without any end in sight. This is a livable disadvantage it is something we can accept. If there was no bad, then we could not enjoy the good or ever learn a lesson from our choices. There may be no end to the evil, but Romans says we will always have God by our side through it all. Thanks to this, we do not have much to worry about because we trust that God is for us. Jesus and God will always be there, and that is the greatest comfort in this response. Nothing else can provide as much protection as that never-ending love that comes to those who accept and repent for it. So, I believe those reasons greatly trump the disadvantages because we have the greatest protectors from the constant evil around us. Wiesel never stops proving that evil never quits, but that God (may it be positive or negative) is there throughout it

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