The problem of evil is the reconciliation of the existence of evil (or suffering) with the existence of an omniscient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent god. In sum it is:
- God exists
- God is omnipotent
- God is benevolent
- Benevolent beings are opposed to all evil.
- God is opposed to all evil.
- God can eliminate evil completely.
- Whatever end result of suffering, God can bring about by ways which do not include suffering.
- God has no reason not to eliminate evil
- God will eliminate evil completely.
- Evil exists, has existed, and probably will always exist.
- The last two statements are contradictory; therefore, one or more of thepremises is false.
- Thus God is not both omnipotent and benevolent (or)
- God does not exist.
The freewill defence states that God allows human to be(do) evil because of freewill.
- The does not account for non-human suffering.
- It also does not account for suffering beyond man’s control (hurricanes, tsusamis, etc).
- If God can do anything – why can’t he make free will & perfect happiness co-exist?
- Whose freedom? If one has the right to decide to kill another, the other automatically loses the right to not die. Does God favour the evil?
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