Atheists believe that if there was a God he should prevent or stop evil in the world because he should have the power and knowledge to do so. Ideally, God can limit if not banish the evil present in the world in order to help others reach their highest degree of happiness. Believing God is all-powerful, allows atheists to believe he can prevent all evil from hurting the ones who are most vulnerable and less deserving of harm. Consequently, our life would have the ability to achieve its highest degree of happiness, but the fallacy is He should not intervene because it would be a violation of our free will, evil is inevitable, and our knowledge of God’s powers are very limited.
In The Problem of Evil by Fryodor Dostoevsky, Ivan mentions how children pay for their parent’s wrongdoings and it’s unjust as the children are pure and at no fault. Realizing that cruelty is present in the lives of the most innocent, lead me to assert that evil is a real problem as it intervenes between the harmonic and idealistic view that the world consists of genuine, good people. Since the good people h...
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