The world is not perfect so it seems that God must not be all-loving or He must not be all-powerful. Rejecting the existence of evil, immediately rejects too much of the Judeo-Christian tradition to be considered, though some philosophers have considered it. The traditional Christian answer to why God allowed the death of Christ is for the absolution of humanity’s sin. However, this begs the question, as an omnipotent God why was it necess... ... middle of paper ... ...owardice or evil (2) must then work to minimize good (1) and maximize evil (1). This process can continue ad infinitum It also follows that God, not as benevolent as could be hoped, prefers the maximization of good (2) as opposed to the minimization of evil (1).
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... ... middle of paper ... ...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.
Common misconceptions about God run rampant. Some believe He sins just as humans do. Others believe he craves the destruction of mankind. However, in reality, a righteous God exists, a Lord who tests His subjects' faith, a Ruler who controls all. People often contest that God holds no power over the earth.
God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent in the Book of Job In Gutierrez's analysis on the book of Job, the justice of God seems to be the primary issue of his argument. Throughout his argument he justifies that God's way of doing things is outside the comprehension of the human mind. He states that, "God indeed has a plan, but it is not one that the human mind can grasp so as to make calculations based on it and foresee the divine action (73)." In the book of Job, God tests Job's faith by putting him through a series of trials and tribulations. Job initially doesn't understand why God does this because he has always been righteous in the sight of the Lord.
In monotheistic faith God is defined with a triad of attributes as being all good, all powerful and all knowing. This triad is what is empirically derived from God being the prime mover. The fact of evil, or theodicy, possess that there exists evil in this world and that this triad cannot exist through that evil conflicts with all three existing at once. The presence of evil means that God lacks one of these attributes because if he had them all, he would not allow evil to exist. If God and evil are to coexist then God must be: all knowing, all powerful, but good enough to want to stop it, lacking the knowledge to know how to stop it, or lacking the power to be able to stop it.
Evil only comes into play when a member of God's world renounces his/her role in the proper scheme of things. Evil has no positive nature; but instead the loss of good is what constitutes evil. It is because of his definition of evil that Augustine buys into the free will defense. Augustine attributes all evil, both moral and natural, to the free actions of human beings created by God with the capacity to do either good or evil. While God is the embodiment of goodness and cannot make the decision to be anything but good, other members in the Great Chain of Being do have the ability to willfully alter their predisposition... ... middle of paper ... ...l, and knowing, suffering should not exist in the world.
If God knows of and is able to do this yet He refrains, then He must not be perfect. A theist response that I think is extremely plausible, and which explains how an all-good God can allow evil is based on the premise ... ... middle of paper ... ...im in their time of need and loneliness. God is strengthening bonds and thus creating a relationship with more of His beings, as He knows they will seek solace in His protection and His unwavering support, especially when everyone else has abandoned them (Marston). The problem of natural and moral evil and their incompatibility with an all-good God’s existence has long plagued atheists along with every day people and believers. Nonetheless, my responses provided at least a bit of support as to why the best retort a theist can give to this ever-present issue is that of our free will, granted by God himself.
...The problem we face is that we instinctively dilute the true meaning of goodness and basically chalk it up to kindness. True love that God brings is not necessarily about how kind we are to one another or an attempt to find happiness, and I believe that God showed his true goodness through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. A classic explanation for pain in the world would be that every bit of suffering in the world is directly caused by God and his punishment for our sins and disappointing actions. However, these sins and selfish acts are things that we as humans bring upon ourselves. God does not just deal with those people that are suffering, and also God does not promise that a life of Christianity is one where everything is perfect and jolly.
Humans are terrible beings as we constantly continue to make excuses for evil, we seem to rationalize our behaviors to justify what we are doing is right. The Bible says “and this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (King James Version, John 3:19). Although we simply cannot eliminate all the evil and the suffering in the world, people who will develop great faith in God often will find peace that will always overshadow all the evils of the world and the suffering we endure. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (King James Version, Psalms
Most of humanity believes that God must look up to humanity, where as the truth is we must look up to God. The best argument that atheists have to disapprove the existence of God is the presence of evil. But their argument is shut down by the Augustinian theodicy. These reasons are great proof that shows the existence of God. Any atheist who reads all ten reasons and the Augustinian theodicy can never disapprove the existence of God.