Evil and suffering can sometimes make people question their religious beliefs. Catholic beliefs about the origins of suffering in the world and how to respond to this problem vary.
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 following 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
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
Which of the following is a true statement on Irenaeus’ theodicy on soul-making?
God made humans imperfect so they could develop into perfect humans
God made humans perfect and stayed perfect
God made humans imperfect and because of sin they will never be perfect
How might Christians respond to evil?
Ask someone else to bear it for them
Ignore it and hope it goes away
Pray about it and try to remove the symptoms of evil
How might evil and suffering prepare Christians for heaven?
It makes them despair and give up trying to improve
It strengthens them in their struggle against evil
It turns them away from God
What is the Catholic Church’s view on suffering?
Suffering helps humans identify with Christ
Suffering proves that God does not exist
Suffering proves that God cannot be omnipotent
What is Salvifici Doloris?
A Latin term used to describe God
A document by the Catholic Church on evil and suffering
A prayer used in Mass