A Personal View on the Three Tenets of the Christian Faith

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The Problem of Evil is a problematic debate amongst skeptics and Christians. This essay will construct my personal views of the inconsistency between the three tenets that intelligent and rational Christians affirm. The focus of this essay is to address the contradiction between the three tenets of the Christian faith and to discuss the consequent remarks in regards to labeling God as all good and all powerful. Based on my personal belief, I find it difficult to accept all three tenets considering that the third tenant challenges the other two tenets of God’s power and love. If God is omnipotent and omnibenevolent, then why does he allow real suffering to exist within the world of humanity?
Based on my personal reflection, I believe that God shouldn’t be categorized as both an all-powerful and an all-loving God, since he allows moral and natural evil to occur within the world. Wouldn’t an all-loving and all-powerful God want to see humans happy and allow empathy in the world? In the book of Genesis, God is considered as the sole creator of everything involved in the universe. Considering that he is the sole creator, we would intent that all things he brought would be based on soulful and good intentions. But considering that there are evil things in the world, then wouldn’t he also be the sole creator to blame for evils existence?
When discussing God’s capability of allowing evil to exists, one must be aware that there are two types of evil; moral evil and natural evil. Since we are discussing evil, we must take into account the several types of evil that exist in our world. Both moral and natural evil exist in the world.
If God is all loving and all powerful, why does he allow moral evils, such as humans committing evil act...

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...of evil in which we are and aren’t held accountable for. It is God who is accountable for our actions for he is the one who granted us with the power.
With that being said, I argue that there is an inconsistency between the three tenets that intelligence and rational Christians affirm. Based on my belief, we cannot label God as all-powerful and loving considering that he has allowed the existence of evil not only to be welcomed into society but also to let it continue. The third tenet of suffering contradicts the first two tenets of Gods love and omnipotence. If God is omnipotent and omnibenevolent, then why does he continue to allow suffering to exist within the world of humanity? The best way to answer this question according to Thomas Aquinas would be ““Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God.” (Summa Theologiae, Questions on God)

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