“…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13) As it says in the Bible, we wish to be led astray from evil. However, evil is a very curious subject. For most intensive purposes, evil can be described as cruel, heinous, and unnecessary punishment. Evil is a relatively accepted concept in the world today, although it is not completely understood. Evil is supposedly all around us, and at all times. It is more often than not associated with a figure we deem Satan. Satan is said to be a fallen angel, at one point God’s favorite. Supposedly Satan tries to spite God by influencing our choices, and therefore our lives. However, this presents a problem: The Problem of Evil. This argues against the existence of God. Can God and evil coexist?
In order to understand The Problem of Evil, we must first understand the concept of God. The God that this problem addresses is what we call a PKM god. This god is accepted in multiple religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Over half of the world population claims to be followers of any of these three religions. Since this god is mostly thought of as male, the male pronoun is often used when addressing this god. This PKM god is said to be all-powerful (P). He supposedly created the world that we live in today and there is no limit to His abilities and is capable of things inconceivable. This god is said to be all-knowing (K). He is said to know all of our sins, both past and present, as well as those of every living thing on earth, possibly even other places. This god is also said to be morally perfect (M). God is good, God is perfect, and God does and is what is right. So can this all-powerful, all-knowing, and morally perfect god coex...
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...n our world for it to have been created out of love for us. One example is Hitler’s Holocaust during World War II. There were almost six million people of Jewish faith killed during the Holocaust. Jews specifically are followers of a PKM god. Would this god allow for his followers to be tortured, murdered, and exploited? Either this god is not all-powerful, not all-knowing, or not morally perfect. If He was all-powerful, then He would have been able to stop such evil from happening. If He was all-knowing, then he would have been aware that such evil was happening. Lastly, if this god was morally perfect, then He would not allow for such evil to be happening. And this evil did happen. Millions of people died with no help from the God they had worshipped, prayed to, and sacrificed for their entire lives. No PKM god exists, as flawlessly proven by The Problem of Evil.
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