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RE:QUEST

A space for resources to help RE teachers and their students explore the Christian faith

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Natural and Moral Suffering

Suffering in the world can generally be placed into two categories: natural and moral.

Natural Suffering

Natural suffering has causes that are beyond human control, such as natural disasters. Examples include:

  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Droughts
  • Disease
  • Famine

 

Moral Suffering

Moral suffering that is intentionally caused by human acts which are considered to be morally wrong, including:

  • Murder
  • Theft
  • Rape
  • War

 

 

There are some examples of suffering that could be classed as both natural and moral suffering, for example, diseases are a natural form of suffering, however, if caused by excessive pollution it could be classed as moral due to poor management of pollution.