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Suffering Of Innocence Essay

1123 words - 5 pages

Suffering of Innocence

Why do the innocent suffer under a God who is claimed to be a loving and all powerful God? This has been a question that has plagued philosophers and theologians for centuries. So how do I answer this question? Where do I start? The beginning would be a good place and by that giving us some background. Also we shall see how other religions and philosophers attack this very question and a personal observation of another individual.

God, whether it is the Christian, Judean or Muslim God, is said to have created man in his own image. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Bible, 2009, p. ...view middle of the document...

However, Buddha did say how we are to suffer during our lives but that it is only temporary, just as happiness. You can enjoy being happy but don’t cling to it, yet throw out of your life negative feelings. Again from the article in About.com “The historical Buddha once summarized his own teachings this way: "Both formerly and now, it is only dukkha that I describe, and the cessation of dukkha." Buddhism will be a muddle for anyone who doesn't grasp the deeper meaning of dukkha”. So most every religious sect believes that we are to suffer in our lives to some point or other. This is a little disconcerting and can come to mean to every that we suffer just deal with it and go on with life. Steve Alford, a former Sargent in the United States Army says “suck it up and drive on”. Come to find out that it is a very common statement in the military and has come to mean things happen and you have to deal with them and go on with your life. Is that what we are just supposed to do, just deal with suffering or is there a better way?

“The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has” (Confucius, 551-479 BC) Confucius was not a God type person, but a philosopher in Ancient China. He was concerned with how to act and that people are generally good and will strive to be so if we choose. Confucianism differs from the Bible. Where God made man was in his own image and that due to the fall of man that he was no in sin. Why would one man say that man is a good being, yet God says that we are all now sinners and cannot be in his presence and toss them away for having the same knowledge of good and evil that he does. This seems quite contrary to what Christians say of God loves us and set his only Son to die for us so that we can be with him, yet...

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