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What is the purpose of Evil and Sin? [duplicate]

If God can do everything than, why don't he just abolish sin and evil from the world. As if it never existed? There's no reason to have sin and evil running around if the lord finds it sickening why ...
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What was the status of evil before we knew about it? [closed]

A search of Christianity SE returned a number of questions about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but none really answered the question I have been pondering this week. Actually, this is a ...
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Given a Catholic understanding of Hell and individual judgment, do Catholics believe that all Protestants will go to Hell?

I'm interested in a Catholic answer only; I want to know what the Catholic church teaches about this matter. I know that the Catholic Church says that only God is the judge, and that we are the ones ...
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Why can't God just destroy the evil if he is more powerful, or is there some kind of balance? [closed]

I am not a Christian but in transition I like to say, learning but there are a few things I don't understand, Why if God it greater then evil then why can't He just either destroy evil or weaken evil ...
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How is it possible that a being created wholly (completely) good would choose not to be? [duplicate]

I've seen lots of exploration and answers to the nature of free will and how this gives rise to the possibility of choosing evil because choosing good is meaningless if it's the only choice to make. ...
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Has the world always been imperfect?

Through the scriptures we know that God created the world and the species and saw that it was good. He also created us and we were good in the beginning. Before Adam and Eve ate from the tree, we ...
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How can we defend our faith against the “Argument from Evil” or “Problem of Evil”? [duplicate]

Of all of the arguments against the Bible from a stance of pure logic which I have ever heard, the only one which seems to be able to stand up to honest, logical scrutiny in even the smallest way is ...
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Can we really claim to have the power of God's heritage?

The Bible says that we are all his children. But our heritage is full of malice and evil - many good and decent things too, but with equal amounts of evil in the mix. Can we claim to have the power of ...
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Are some people born without hope?

While reading 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 NASB 1Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2that you not be quickly shaken ...
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Is money the root of 'all' evil or 'some' evil?

I remember reading a Hebrew version of the Bible with English translation *right to left) many years ago and I am sure the English directly translated to 'some evil' rather than 'all evil'. Can anyone ...
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Readable presentations on theodicy (problem of evil) theories? [closed]

Are there any expositions of christian philosophical resolutions to the problem of evil that one can more easily follow, in any presentation (video / audio / book /coursera / whatever)? Being a ...
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Did Evil enter the World when Man sinned, or was sin already in the World but man did not know what it was?

God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and told Adam that if he ate of the tree he would surely die. Genesis 2:9 and 17 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every ...
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what differentiates virtuous faith from the faith of extremists

We all know the biblical passages praising faith, and we have also seen many cases where faith was abused by conmen (or went wrong on its own). What differentiates Christian faith (which seems to ...
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Why did god create evil? [duplicate]

Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these things. Why did god create evil and then punish people for doing evil when he made all this ...
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Did God create evil? [duplicate]

I would like to assume some points before asking the main questions. God did not have a beginning. God created everything. Not just tangible things but even dreams and imaginations. There is evil and ...
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Why is it so much easier to sin than follow Jesus?

How is it possible, that it is harder to follow Jesus, than to sin? I really want to follow Jesus, and I'm trying to. But every day again I fail again, because short term desires which withdraw me ...
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Was there evil / darkness before god created everything? [duplicate]

When god created everything, the light was shining on darkness and the "darkness" never mastered it. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was also there when god created everything. The serpent ...
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Without God is there only evil?

The Bible says in a few places that God does only good things and is full of only goodness: James 1:13 - 1 John 1:5 - 1 Corinthians 14:33. I think we can Biblically support very well that God is not ...
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Is the main battle of the enemy for the mind? [duplicate]

Pastor stressed in the last sermon, the main battle between us and the enemy (Satan), is for the mind. If it is, what hope is there for people with severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bi-polar, ...
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Are some people pursued by the “enemy” relatively more than others?

My pastor made a general statement (or whole sermon;) and said something to the effect that the more the enemy knows you are in alignment with God the more he tries to knock us off course. So, more ...
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Earlier use of this argument for the necessity of evil?

I seem to recall hearing or reading that Augustine posited that perhaps evil as such did not exist, i.e., that evil is more a void or absence of existence. I think this line of reasoning is used to ...
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Do Calvinists believe that God is the author of evil?

"Arminius taught that Calvinist predestination and unconditional election made God the author of evil." -Wikipedia I have heard Calvinism presented in a similar way, where God has designed ...
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How can an all powerful supreme being be either good or evil?

In order to be Omnipotent, or all knowing, as well as Omnipresent and all powerful wouldn't a supreme being have to be so far removed from concepts of "Good" and "Evil"? Those are just terms and ...
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Why did God strike Herod?

Acts 12:23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. There are many who go around blaspheming much worse ...
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Does every sin affect other people?

Clearly Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden affected everyone. And clearly if you murder someone, or commit adultery, it affects others. But are there sins which do not affect other people? What I am ...
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Does following Christian spiritual law extremely, cause one to sin more?

Let me start with this: Galatians 5:19-21 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, ...
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Is God capable of ever doing wrong? [closed]

Does Christianity definitively state that the God can never do wrong? If so, where is this stated?
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Should Christians come out strongly against groups that do evil in Christ's name? [closed]

I finally found a safe way to ask this question. There is a Christian army called the Lords Army, that is doing evil in Africa, after twisting Christian teachings, yet this group is supported by some ...
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How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil?

How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil? As it was said that Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong. Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, "The man has now ...
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Are people by nature good or are they inherently evil? [closed]

Inspired by the question Is a moral society more open to the gospel than an immoral one?. Are people, by nature, good? Or are people evil by nature? To define these in terms of the world (as ...
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Is an action morally good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good?

The christian morality derives from God, and God is benevolent so whatever he commands is morally good. Does that mean that anything God does or commands is morally right? Or does God only act and ...
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Are love and hate in a harmonious balance within God?

I am referring to this fascinating (and accepted) answer of Jonathon Byrd where he proves by the Bible that God is also the God of hate: Psalm 5:5 (NKJV) The boastful shall not stand in Your ...
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Can man judge whether God is fair?

Over and over I hear people pronouncing in one way or another that God is "not fair"*. Sometimes this is stated directly, other times indirectly as in "that doesn't seem fair, therefore God must not ...
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Are there evil acts which are not sins?

The answers to the question on the essence of sin seem to form a consensus that sins are acts of disobedience against things God specifically told us not to do. Since sin is defined as disobedience ...
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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?”

I believe that evil exists because God gave us free will. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this The Fall of man happened and drew us away from God. Suffering exists not only because God can ...