How do religious people respond to all the suffering in the world? How do you keep your faith in a world where bad things happen to good people? Find one religious response to the problem of suffering and create a poster or leaflet about it.
You might have already looked at one response to suffering if you have completed the project on Christian Aid. Groups like Christian Aid are a very practical response – there is suffering and we can do things to make it better!
This section is about less practical responses, like why these things might happen and whether or not God has a purpose.
There are three broad responses you can look at for this:
- It is a punishment from God! The Genesis story in Christianity, Judaism and Islam tells us that Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden into a world of suffering a death for disobeying God. You might want to retell this story as a cartoon or puppetpals!
- There is a higher purpose! That which does not kill us only makes us stronger, as Freirich Nietzsche (or Kanye West) once said. All this suffering is working towards something greater and it will be worth it in the end. You might want to tell the story of when good has come out of suffering.
- Kharma – a lot of Eastern religions believe in the law of kharma. If you do bad things then you will get your punishment either in this life or the next. For Hindus people who live lives of suffering now will have done something in a past life to deserve it. For Buddhists it is the result of suffering you have caused in this life. You could tell the story of a Hindu or Buddhist and how what they have done comes back to haunt them!