Evil Is A Necessary Force Essay

1619 Words May 6th, 2016 7 Pages
Some people believe that evil is a necessary force in the world, that without it us as humans would not be able to recognize and appreciate the good that comes from the people around us. It is a common belief among theists that God, as our creator, allowed a finite amount of necessary evil in our world so that we can understand the concept of what “good” is. Solely based on the definition of God, that He is omnipotent and omnibenevolent, there should be no Evil that exists is the world. If He is truly omnipotent then he should be able to stop all evil from happening, likewise; if He is truly omnibenevolent then He should never create a being that is inclined to commit sin. It is clear to all of us that there is a considerable amount of evil that is unnecessary and that we can do without. This begs the question, is God sincerely omnipotent and wholly good if He allows the amount of evil in our world today to exist? We have never been subject to a world that is without sin so it is hard to imagine what it would be like. But based on the pure definition of God, He should be able to create a world wherein no evil exists. Living in the world I do now, filled with a significant amount of unnecessary evil, there is no defense for how God could exist and allow this evil to occur. One common justification cited by theists for an explanation behind the amount of evil in our world is the Original Sin Defense. This defense states that all of our sins can be traced back to the…

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