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Devin Tarr

Master's Student, California State University Chico

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What are your thoughts on the three great dilemma's of life, Human Evil, Suffering and Death, that Billy Graham spoke about?

I recently watched Billy Graham's TED talk and he spoke about three problems that everyone must face: human evil, human suffering, and death. As much we'd like to, these are 3 things we can't avoid.

Mr. Graham noted that no amount of technology and achievement has ever been able to address these three problems. If we honestly reflect on them, what are we to do? Should we look up for help, or should we continue on our present course? Lets not dismiss this with trite answers, but really think about it.



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    Zack K

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    Mar 10 2012: To me personally the "dilemma" of death is inevitable and shouldn't be overcome, because it will result in unbalance, after all things like death are a part of life. I also think that this is the same for evil, sadly there may never be a answer to solve the problem of evil, because as hundreds of years of thought and experience shows when evil is destroyed another evil takes its place. These two things are vital for life, a life without death wouldn't be precious, and a world without evil would have no good. The existence of bad gives me the desire to do good, and evil -as bad as it is- has its purpose.

    However the one dilemma that I believe can be solved is suffering, at least to the point were the world has as little suffering as possible (as a result of evil), but to me, that is what will come with time. We as a people have a long way to go to become united.
    • Mar 13 2012: I tend to agree with you Zack K. I see death as a relief. Imagine if we couldn't die. Feeling pain from accidents and ailments all your life. A natural part of the experience is to die. Having said that, death as we have been taught to understand it may not necessarily be that way. Why would a man be born, to die forever? After all, we have the gift of 'LIFE', that is significant. Whatever befalls us we will always LIVE. And so when my time expires in this experience, I shall be moving on without dilemna.....
      As for evil, it's like darkness and light. There really isn't a thing such as darkness, it's really an absence of light. An absence of good is perceived as evil. Just as there are degrees of light, likewise there are levels to which humans will distance themselves from what is natural and good. If you were in opposition to God, what would your works be?
      Human suffering is another Social Disease. We go to great lengths in our quest for progress. So much so that in our insatiable desire to fit into this fake world that we have created, loads of people get brushed aside. Our policies domestic and exported affect people unknown to us, our demand for things 'new' create deserts and lay waste forests, our current lifestyle trends are anti-existence, even ours. We are all suffering.

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