God Is Evil Or Evil? Essay

1099 Words Sep 16th, 2015 5 Pages
If God exists, he must be omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnibenevolent (all good). However, there is evil in this world. Evil is defined by suffering. Then comes the question of whether God exists and if he does, then why is there still evil and suffering in the world? If God were truly omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, then our world would not contain evil whatsoever. There is a whole range of people who experience suffering but it is best to narrow it down to simply children. Adults have already “eaten the apple and know good and evil, and they have become ‘like god.” In other words, children are innocent and do not deserve to suffer. They suffer for the sins of their fathers. It is unjust and God does not take action to stop it. If God were truly omnibenevolent, then he would care enough to halt the suffering of innocent children. So why does evil exist? Is there an all-powerful evil being that is responsible for the evil and suffering in the world? Or perhaps, it is necessary for there to be evil to have goodness, such as a dependent relationship on one another to be able to measure goodness in some form? This would call into question God’s perfections and omnipotence. Swinburne’s theodicy is that God has a reason to allow suffering. He is being a generous God by allowing us to have freewill and have responsibility for “ourselves, each other, and the world.” Furthermore, he shares with us the power to determine what sort of…

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