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'God cannot be loving if people suffer'Most, if not all Christians would disagree with the statement as they believe suffering is God's preparation for heaven and to test us and assess if they are liable enough to go to heaven. In the Bible, it says that 'God is love' and 'God is light'. We may infer from these fragments from the book of John that God is seen as loving and omni-benevolent God who allows suffering in the world to allow his people to grow and build character. If there was no suffering, how could humans have free will if there is an obvious, primal and innate evil in us all. It could be argued that this argument could match with the contemporary Christian teachings which may be the reason no one can question it.On the other hand, a Christian philosopher named St Augustine had argued that God may not have the power to stop suffering in the world. God may not be as omnipotent that he is presented as by the new Testament. This could be reinforced by the quote 'God (was) show to anger'. The noun 'anger' may have indicated that God can feel rash human emotions and is not as transcendent as we had thought. The Bible's Old Testament in itself conveys God as evil, cruel and barbaric as he sends plagues and floods down to the people on earth who he supposedly shows omni-benevolent qualities to. One may argue that he does it only to those who are overwhelmed by sin. However, this statement would challenge the view that God is omni-benevolent and forgiving as in the Bible, it says 'forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin'. If he's so loving should he not be gracious and guide those instead of trying to increase the suffering in the world while abusing his power to wreak havoc on the weak.Ultimately, gathering all the evidence, it is abundantly clear that anyone should agree with the statements and its nature as it reinforced the logic of our world and the laws that make everything make sense
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'God cannot be loving if people suffer'Most, if not all Christians would disagree with the statement as they believe suffering is God's preparation for heaven and to test us and assess if they are liable enough to go to heaven. In the Bible, it says that 'God is love' and 'God is light'. We may infer from these fragments from the book of John that God is seen as loving and omni-benevolent God who allows suffering in the world to allow his people to grow and build character. If there was no suffering, how could humans have free will if there is an obvious, primal and innate evil in us all. It could be argued that this argument could match with the contemporary Christian teachings which may be the reason no one can question it.On the other hand, a Christian philosopher named St Augustine had argued that God may not have the power to stop suffering in the world. God may not be as omnipotent that he is presented as by the new Testament. This could be reinforced by the quote 'God (was) show to anger'. The noun 'anger' may have indicated that God can feel rash human emotions and is not as transcendent as we had thought. The Bible's Old Testament in itself conveys God as evil, cruel and barbaric as he sends plagues and floods down to the people on earth who he supposedly shows omni-benevolent qualities to. One may argue that he does it only to those who are overwhelmed by sin. However, this statement would challenge the view that God is omni-benevolent and forgiving as in the Bible, it says 'forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin'. If he's so loving should he not be gracious and guide those instead of trying to increase the suffering in the world while abusing his power to wreak havoc on the weak.Ultimately, gathering all the evidence, it is abundantly clear that anyone should agree with the statements and its nature as it reinforced the logic of our world and the laws that make everything make sense


You've definitely used a lot of christian views which is good. but you need to constantly evaluate each point you made
i dont see clear paragraphs but 2/3 points for and against is important.
you should talk about atheist view (could talk about inconsistent triad)
also you should talk about causes of evil = satan, test of faith, etc (talk about how god is loving using the story of job)

other than that. its kinda good but make sure you always got a balanced argument and talk about atheists as well bc you're onyl talking about christians which i understand bc ur doing christianity but talk about atheist views and name some examples e.g. richard Dawkins

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