Essay on Why Do Bad Things Happen?

1317 Words Nov 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Evil. There are many different ways to define what evil means to different people. It can be an action, a thought, something spiritual or all of the above. I see it as doing a deliberate act which can cause physical or emotional harm to something or someone. So one might ask the question, if God is all powerful and all knowing, how can that same God allow evil to exist in the world? Most importantly, why do bad things happen to good people? In our textbook it states that “when such questions are raised in connection with belief in God or gods, we may describe them as issues of theodicy, or “divine justice” (Cunningham, pg. 102) The definition for theodicy in our text explains it as being “the attempt to answer questions about the sacred arising from the experience of evil” (Cunningham,pg.150) There are different levels of bad that can happen to anyone. It can be tough to believe in God, a religion or have faith when all these bad things are happening in the world. So that question does make one wonder why?
The purpose of this paper is for the author to answer the question, why do bad things happen to good people? There are many reasons bad things happen to good people, a fallen world, bad choices, anger, hatred, natural disasters or occurrences, etc. God intended this world to be free from anything having to do with evil. It all started in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve dwelt, and God told them to eat from all the trees except one. The tree being, the Tree of Good…

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