What does the presence of evil and suffering say about God’s love, power and purpose?
What is moral evil?
the hurt that is caused by human choices
the hurt that follows when the forces that shape the world come into play
actions that God tells people to do
What is natural evil?
What is meant by ‘free will’?
God has given all human beings the right to make their own choices.
God forces people to do what he wants.
People simply follow what their genetic nature makes them do.
Why might suffering make people question the idea that God is all-loving and all-powerful?
Suffering means God enjoys seeing people suffer.
Suffering means God only loves some people.
If God was all-loving and all-powerful he would end suffering.
What is meant by Satan or the Devil?
a good angel
the power of evil that works against God’s goodness
a human being’s freedom to do wrong
How does the Adam and Eve story show evil coming into the world?
They kill their son, Abel.
They run around naked.
They use their free will to disobey God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
What would many Hindus say is the purpose of suffering?
It has no purpose, it is just part of life.
It gets people to Moksha quicker.
It is an opportunity to learn from previous mistakes and to put right past wrongs.
How would most Hindus say you should treat those who are suffering?
with compassion and care
with contempt and anger
with medicines and food
How do Muslims respond to suffering and evil?
They believe that you just have to ignore suffering and evil.
They believe it makes Allah happy.
Muslims believe that this life is a test from Allah, and they must endure evil and suffering as a part of this test.
How might the suffering of others prepare Muslims for Paradise?
It makes them despair and give up trying to help anyone.
It gives them a chance to be merciful towards those who are suffering.
It turns them away from Allah.