GuidedAnalysis: Suffering WorksheetAmery KamaniDudoitChristianWorldviewDecember 3rd,2017Professor MarkOlmos 1. Describea time when you experienced a significant period of suffering. How did you dealwith that experience? How did you find comfort in the midst of suffering?Atime where I experienced a great amount of suffering would be when I wasenduring a great time of sadness and deep depression. It was a time around my sophomoreyear of high school when I fell in love with a girl. I gave this relationshipmy everything to the point where I put it before my grades. When I found outshe cheated on me, and we broke up. I felt as if my heart had been ripped outof my chest. Together with the breakup, I had bad grades, and my parents alsoon my case yelling at me about school.
Every night my depression got darker anddarker to the point of me having suicidal thoughts every night. My parentsdidn’t know about my depression and how suicidal I was. The night I was goingto kill myself, I went to lie on my bed and fell asleep on accident. The dreamI had would change my life, it was of my lying in my casket looking straightout and my parents and sibling crying. The next couple of months I started towork out and have been my biggest I have ever been. To deal with my depression,I chose working out as it’s such a therapeutic thing for me. To go into a gymwith earphones and peace and quiet and pump weights is something I can go to, torelease my anger.2.
Brieflysummarize the problem of evil and suffering. Cite and reference the lectureand/or Chapter 9 in the textbook.Theproblem of evil and suffering is that evil is present wherever you are.
Even inthe places where we think evil cant reside, it stills lingers in an individual,such as a malicious energy or thought in their mind. Most people don’t reallyunderstand why there is evil and suffering in this world of God, a world whereChrist rules all. The problem of Evil relates to whether or not you no what adeity is. The word Deity can be considered as a being of good, but allows eviland suffering to be present at all times (GCU, 2016). Humanity is notconsidered a deity because we are the reason that there is suffering and the worstof all, evil in this world. We sin, we fight, and we kill which brings the mostevil out of people.
As we know, God allows us to have free will, which meansthat we are able to believe or accept him, but to will to do good or evil isn’tin God’s control but the individuals.3. Brieflysummarize the Christian worldview’s response to the problem of evil andsuffering.
Cite and reference the lecture and/or Chapter 9 in the textbook.TheChristian worldviews response to the problem of evil and suffering is bestexplained and showed through the example of Job. Job was a very religiousperson and held everything from his life, to his dreams in God’s hands. Through the devil’s challenge, God senttragedies to Job. This shows that suffering will come to a person even if theyare high in society or religious beliefs; however, God cares about every singleperson suffering regardless of what they have done. It is shown that Job asksGod questions rather than blaming him which is okay because asking Godquestions will reveal who you are within as he listens to you.
It is howevernot okay to blame God for the evil and suffering we are enduring, or questionhis love for us. It is very comforting to know that whatever hardships we areenduring, God is listening, loving, and of all caring for us all the way.Lastly, in the Christian Worldview, it explains that even though we aresuffering in pain and heart breaks, In the end everything will come togetherand we will be with God, free from any kind of suffering. (Olmos, 2017)4. Imaginethat a close friend has just suffered through a great personal loss (death of aloved one, natural disaster, disease, job loss, divorce, or a brokenrelationship) and your friend asks you why God would let such a terrible thinghappen.
How would you respond to your friend?Ifa close friend was suffering a heartbreak, family loss, or just feeling down. Iwould definitely tell him that God is testing his ability to cope with pain. Heis testing you to make you a better person, and that God isn’t putting youthrough this because of what you have done to sin. I will tell him to not blameGod, and that he is testing your loyalty to test that you’re faithful and notto turn on him because he will turn on you.
I will tell him that it is best tojust ride it out and try your hardest to not follow the devils tongue becauseGod is always watching you and in the end, he will reward you with everlastinghappiness.5. Accordingto Chapter 7 in the textbook, how might the problem of evil and suffering leadone to the conclusion that moral absolutes exist? Justas there are different views of truth and knowledge, there are different viewsof ethics and, therefore, different understandings about which behaviors aremoral (GCU,2017). Truth is confined to fact or to the simple thought of what is real. Tosay that something is real means it cannot be imaginary in a sense. If onewitness’s evil and suffering in the world, this can lead to a person believingin absolutes. Meaning that to us the world is real and the sufferings oflikeminded souls is real, which means we are in the midst of it all.
So, seeingall these evils and sufferings in the absence of God, shows that evil andsuffering can be found in God. This meaning that there is no end to thehorrible suffering around the world, but it is the answer to it. This in turngiving the person absolute truth. References:Evil & Suffering. (n.d.).Retrieved December 03, 2017, from q http://lc.
gcumedia.com/cwv101/the-beginning-of-wisdom-an-introduction-to-christian- thought-and-life/v2.1/#/chapter/9Chapter 7: The Wisdom of Absolutes.(n.
d.). Retrieved December 03, 2017, from http://lc.gcumedia.com/cwv101/the-beginning-of-wisdom-an-introduction-to-christian-thought-and-life/v2.1/#/chapter/7