“Is God willing to prevent evil, but is not able?
Then he is not omnipotent
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent
Is he both able & willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
Of course, this doesn’t truly disprove the biblical God, but it certainly puts it into perspective. According to Christian doctrine, God raised His Son, Jesus, from the dead. This seemingly impossible feat proves, in the minds of believers, that their god is capable of anything. But as indicated by Epicurus, the monumental roadblock of suffering hinders this leap of faith. For example, if God raised Jesus from the dead – and thus intervened in the ...
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...lized by – God, Dr. Roth’s Divine Dichotomy of the Christian God is now comparable to the duality of the Eastern yin-yang. “Good” and “Evil” are clearly inherent in the universe, and are inevitably built into the fabric of all models of the Divine.
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