Theodicy In John Milton's Paradise Lost Analysis

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The Peace and Joy of Trials:
An Analysis of Milton’s Theodicy in Paradise Lost
Milton’s theodicy is an example of the most simplistic explanation for the question of why bad things happen when there is an all-powerful and all-loving God in existence, governing and determining our lives. Paradise Lost is the book Milton wrote to portray his beliefs concerning this question of justifying the ways of God to men. The answer to this question, at least for John Milton, revolves around the events in the Garden of Eden, concerning the two infamous and yet highly regarded individuals, Adam and Eve. In answering the question many atheists and skeptics pose to Christians, why do evil things happen if there is a God who loves us unconditionally and is
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Adam and Eve brought sin into this world at that moment, causing for calamity to follow mankind for the rest of their existence on this earth. The question that stems from this is whether or not this is the entire reason for terrible things to happen. How could it be? Of course there has to be more, right? And there is. In consideration of the fact that all along, God knew man would choose to disobey, this cannot be the only absolute reason that bad things happen. Though Milton’s explanation is a very large part of it, the New Testament offers many different passages that examine the effects of suffering and the positive results that can come from suffering. Moreover, Milton’s theodicy is lacking in that he has forgotten to include in it the fact that men are made to glorify God, and in following this idea, the wisdom offered in the New Testament must be addressed, from James chapter 1, the …show more content…
One must choose the Lord, and this is why God gave us free will; what meaning is there in loving someone you are inherently in love with? This is basically Milton’s explanation for the reason God gave humans free will. The only question is, why become a Christian if bad things will still happen? This statement is a testimony to the fact that humans are hard-wired to think only of themselves. Moreover, once someone has accepted Christ as their savior, they are able to glorify God in all they do or go through, even the bad things. Sin entered the world at the fall, this is undoubtedly agreed upon, but to maintain an understanding of why sin remained in the world after a Savior, Jesus, was sent to save us from those sins is what Milton is missing in Paradise Lost. This question is critical in understanding what it means to be a Christian, glorifying Christ in all your actions. This idea will be further explored in consideration of bad things happening in the world within the following

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