Christian beliefs about original sin - Coggle Diagram
Christian beliefs about original sin
Catholics believe that Adam and Eve introduced sin into the world when they chose to disobey God and ate the forbidden fruit.
Since every baby is born with the ability to disobey God and commit evil acts.
Life is a test
Many Christians believe that suffering evil is a test and that if you maintain faith you will be rewarded.
The way people react to evil and suffering can determine weather they go to heaven or hell
The story of Job, he suffers much evil and suffering. His friends try to convince him that he is suffering for his past sins, he questions God, but isn't given a real answer. He maintains his faith and is rewarded with double what he had.
Evil and suffering are beyond human understanding
The story of Job teaches we should not question why we suffer.
God works in mysterious ways and so he has reasons for evil and suffering to happen.
We must accept that God has chosen we must suffer and that he has a plan.
God is all loving and compassionate and so will give us no more suffering than we can take
Evil enables us to develop an idea of evil
Without evil we can't learn what proper goodness is
Helps us understand Jesus
Jesus chose to under go suffering and pain in order to achieve a greater good.
His death and resurrection brought an end to death and suffering, with the promise of ever lasting life in heaven.
For many Christians it brings them closer to Jesus.
Other reasons for evil and suffering
Some argue it is an abstance of good
St Augustinian argued free will enables good to grow away into evil
Some argue that evil come from Satan, he creates evil to cause suffering and tempt people away from God
Some believe evil exists, because good exists, the world is not perfect, evil in the world is not malevolent, it is just a natural happening.