Every human being in every age, whether religious or not, is faced with the reality of destructive experiences and evil forces. Accident, illness, war, persecution, injustice; these and more, constantly remind us that within all the enjoyment that life can offer, we are fragile, vulnerable creatures, whose lives can be devastated or wiped out within seconds. Further more, we are capable of numerous forms of wickedness, and vulnerable to being on the receiving end of such wickedness. In the world and belief system of the religious person there is an added challenge: if I believe in a loving, sovereign God, how do I respond to the presence of these destructive forces?