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The Problem Of Evil (~1100 Words)(Not Great Writing)

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“All the evil in the World shows that an all-good, all-knowing, all-powerful God does not exist”
Epicuris is associated with one example of a formulation of the problem of evil, it is usually schematized as follows
If an all-powerful and perfectly good god exists, then evil does not.
There is evil in the world.
Therefore, an all-powerful and perfectly good god does not exist.

Various philosophers have expanded upon this to create.

God exists.God is omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good.
A perfectly good being would want to prevent all evils.
An omniscient being knows every way in which evils can come into existence.
An omnipotent being, who knows every way in which ...view middle of the document...

This is similar to the concept darkness is nonexistant, and in actuality is just the absence of light. I don’t like Aquinas’ argument because in reality, good and decent people are not really capable of some evil that exists in the world. To succinctly summarise my point; a rich man is only considered a rich man, because of the existence of a poor man. To this extent I would argue that even if evil was non-existent, it would still be an action.

If God is all-good, then God can not exist without evil, or an all-evil presence. To every day there is a night, to every summer, there is a winter and to every life there is a death. There is a Dualist theme present all around us life. To this extent for every saint, there must be a sinner, for every good deed there must be a bad one also. This is in my view, the essence of Dualism, and also represents the yin yang from Chinese philosophy.
Davies states in his book that; “God has to be at least as good as a decent human being”. Consider however that there are 7 billion people on earth, to help all of them, all the time very near impossible band would probably consume all time available. I don’t think a decent man would really sacrifice all of his time to help others. However the fact that God is omnipotent may mean that time is not an issue for him.
Consider that in the beginning, there was an infinite number of potential worlds. Assume that there is no best of all possible worlds. However good the world that god makes is, there would always be a better one. It is then argued that god can not be critisized for not having made a better world since this critiscism would applyy to any world god created.
My definition of God, (as taken from my catholic grandparents, the yearly mass at my primary school and general knowledge) has always been that God is all powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (omniscient) and all loving. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” - John 4:8#. This passage states that as God is love, therefore, God must retain love for all living and inanimate things. In other words God is Love ergo God has Love for all. This premise of logic may hold true only for the catholic/protestant religions, (I don't know their exact differences,...

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