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.
Suppose he had a reason to permit evil, a reason that was compatible with his never doing wrong and his being perfect in love, what I 'll call a justifying reason. For example, suppose that if he prevented evil completely, then we would miss out on a greater good, a good whose goodness was so great that it far surpassed the badness of evil. In that case, he might not prevent evil as far as he can, for he would have a justifying reason to permit it” (5). Even if God had a reason to allow evil, he who is all loving and powerful would want the least amount of people to suffer and feel pain. Since God knows
In the excerpt from Philosophy of Religion, John Hicks outlines the problem of evil as such: (a) If God were truly omnibenevolent, he would then wish to eliminate all evil; (b) If God is were truly omnipotent, he would then be capable of eliminating evil; (c) Evil exists in the world. Therefore: (d) God is not omnibenevolent or He is not omnipotent. Either element of the conclusion is damaging to the traditional understanding of a Judeo-Christian God. It seems simple enough. A benevolent Creator appears incompatible with what we understand to be the existence of evil.
God maintains His supremacy over man through punishment of the wicked. Nevertheless, God does not always destroy the unrighteous immediately and without warning. The Old Testament records a profuse amount of situations in which the Lord sends a messenger to admonish sinful nations and to alert them of the impending condemnation. Whether or not they accepted the warning and turned... ... middle of paper ... ...se man does not understand why something occurred does not mean that God did not possess full power over the happening. Common misconceptions about God run rampant.
God has to allow evil in the world because if he didn’t, we would never know the difference between good and evil. Hick: There is a reason why God allows Evil. Hick writes about how evil has been around forever with the climax being when Jesus was crucified. He asks why an all-powerful God would allow this and says it’s because of the free will given to us. Everything bad happens because this world is not perfect and this is where “soul-making” begins.
His main justification is that this is “the best of all possible worlds” because if it weren’t, evil would exist in a much greater, powerful form and a benevolent god is free to create “any possible world he pleased.” He also argues that creating the world (universe) with the least amount of evil is a moral obligation that a perfect god would need to abide by, because anything less would make god evil (to an extent). That being said, Leibniz doesn’t completely reject the concept of evil existing and thinks it is beneficial for the universe to contain evil because of “Th... ... middle of paper ... ...plain why evil exists if god is all knowing, all good and benevolent. A benevolent god should be more than capable of creating morally sound humans (and animals) who wouldn’t need a bigger picture to appreciate the good and remain moral. My only criticism of Hume is that his arguments are not necessarily timeless. We are not as limited as we used to be and we continue to thrive everyday, however that is expected of Hume since he hadn’t experienced the medical and scientific strides achieved over the years and knowledge must first be experienced.
I found comparing our views very interesting. The problem of evil proves contradiction in religious philosophy, that a perfect God may or may not exist (Pecornio, 1). If a perfect God exists, why would he put evil into our world and promote suffering? Some philosophers have argued that this suffering is consequence for our own sins. If you willingly choose a path of evil, then evil will present itself onto you.
There are philosophers who think that evil and good are two forces with equal power. I think for the most part that people are kind, because they were created in the likeliness with God. In our hearts we approve virtue and reject corruption. However the discussion of this topic will almost never be able to eliminate pain and sorrow from our world, injected with the tears of history. Everyone knows the consequences of evil.
I told him that God could not accomplish two ends simultaneously – give humans free will and remove evil from the world – without contradicting His intentions to do one or the other. I outlined the distinction between moral evil and natural evil, in that moral agents (such as murder or rape) produce moral evil and natural evil occurs in the process of the functioning of the natural order (such as an earthquake, flood or plague). While we can attempt to question the intensity of ... ... middle of paper ... ...His creation even though He knew they could use it for evil. God is still good for giving His creation free will, even though it was abused by man, because a world full of free moral agents is far superior to one populated with automatons. God would not make humanity with free will and force them only to do good, because it would go against His will for creation to perform good acts freely.
Many people, atheists and theists alike, often question how God’s existence is compatible with the evil that happens in the world each day. In this essay, I will not only discuss the problem of evil, but I will give widely held responses from theists that I think are the most plausible for proving that God and wickedness (moral and natural) can coexist in our world. These reasons are free will, evil for a greater good, and in order to strengthen our relationship with God himself. I will also provide potential objections to these arguments and how I think they can be answered from a theist’s perspective. The problem of evil is inconsistent with the belief that (an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent) God exists because such a God would not allow the suffering of human beings, animals, and living things alike, in our universe.