Essay on The Religious And Spiritual Development

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Theodicy, according to Kenneth Surin from The Harvard Review (1983) states “Theodicy, in its classic form requires the adherent of a theistic faith to reconcile of an omnipotent, omniscient and morally perfect God with the existence of evil” (p.225). In other words, in a religion where God is all powerful, all knowing, and purely good, how can evil exist at all. E. Dowling & W. Scarlett of Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development (2006) define evil as the bad or painful things which mankind is subject to with seemingly no means to which they could escape. This paper examines the research of scholarly journals and religious texts to attempt to answer the question or problem of theodicy which is; why do good things happen to bad people?
To start with, is God omnipotent and omniscient? Not all religions believe in an all-powerful and all-knowing God. Monotheistic religions such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam operate with this core view of God. In the Bible, Isaiah prophesied in the name of the Lord, “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself, (Isaiah 44:24 New International Version). Judaism shares this same text in the Tanakh. The Bible is clearly stating God’s power to be without limit or end. The Qur’an refers to Allah, (titled “The Unity”): “Say: He is Allah, the One! Allah, the eternally Besought of all! He begetteth not nor…

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