The Problem of Evil
Evil is a problem but yet evil is not a thing. A physical evil is death. The short story “The Problem of Evil,” by Peter Kreeft focuses on this problem. Evil is the main reason for people being in hell. This leaves a question, is hell crowded or empty? Our choices affect the things we do, which relates to free will. The topic of suffering was discussed multiple times throughout the short story. The problem of evil is the most serious problem in the world.
Is hell crowded or empty? According to scripture, hell is not empty, there are at least three people in hell. The devil, and two prophets. Hell can best be described as a place of constant suffering, we can see this because when we think of hell, we think of flames. We hope that hell is empty, because most of us want to live in communion with God, and not be in suffering because of the wrong decisions we all have made in our lives. In hell, you can do anything without consequences, which relates to the saying “have your cake and eat it too.”
Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action freely. With free will, we have the capacity to reject God. This is related to the subject of evil. It can also be related to responsibility, guilt, and sin. This is because with free choices, comes responsibility, you always have to make good choices. If the choices we make aren’t going to benefit us, we can feel guilt, especially if we put down others choosing what we thought was right. You can do things against what is right, which is sinning. We are expected to make the best choices if we live in the presence of the Lord.
Suffering and love go hand in hand. When you love someone, you will do anything in your power to keep that person happy, even if it means you suffer. Suffering can be a cause of evil, because someone can easily take advantage of the amounts of love you have for them. Jesus suffered for us because of love, he died on the cross for our sins. Parents suffer for their kids out of love. This is because when a parent sees their child crying, or upset, they feel sympathy, a frequent emotion shown by humans. The philosophical problem, why do bad things happen to good people, relates to suffering because suffering just shows that you have a big heart.
The most serious problem in the world is the problem of evil. Although evil is a problem, it is not a thing, everyone has the chance to prove they aren’t evil. We all make decisions out of our free will that can symbolize evil. Not every bad decision will make you end up in hell. God well notice that you are suffering and will still love you. Your free will could end up in the option of rejecting God or accepting him. Evil is a test from the devil against your faith and the problem is that you need to see if you can control yourself to choose the right decision.