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If God is so good and powerful, why does evil exist?


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By SailerFraud

 

It's possibly the oldest question in religion. If God is so good and powerful, why does so much evil and injustice exist in the world? After all, God created the universe, heavens, earth, and all living things on earth. The Bible says God defeated Satan and death, can do all things, and answers prayers.

 

Thousands of years later, evil still exists, even in the church. Crime, divorce, discord, embezzlement, theft, sexual abuse (especially against children), suicide, even murder.

 

The honest answer is that there never was a God, an invisible man who was watching you and answering your prayers. However, religion is based on lies that this invisible man who does all things except listen to your prayers. In order to cover up your first lie, you must produce more lies to cover up the first one. The Christian lies about faith, how God answers prayers when it was just coincidence and 1000 other times your prayer wasn't answered, and more logical fallacies.

 

Thousands of years later, this simple question cannot be answered by the Christians who worship this all-powerful God, and never will. If God can create the universe and all life, why can't this simple question be answered?

 

Actually, we atheists have the answer all along, that there is no God. But the Christian continues to follow the God of lies and non-existance.

 

http://exchristian.net/exchristian/2007/03...l-why-does.html

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>It's possibly the oldest question in religion. If God is so good and powerful, why does so much evil and injustice exist in the world?

 

Ever stop to consider a world with no evil? Progress stops. And life, as we know it, ceases to exist.

So in essence the "greater good" is achieved? Progress is better than health, survival and happiness? That sounds like Evolution Theory to me. :)

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>It's possibly the oldest question in religion. If God is so good and powerful, why does so much evil and injustice exist in the world?

 

Ever stop to consider a world with no evil? Progress stops. And life, as we know it, ceases to exist.

 

Then evil is more important than good? Why be good, if evil is the reason for progress?

 

Tripe like that is just how Xians have been forced to try and explain their religion in conformity with the facts of the universe. The facts are that the universe is a hard place to live. Beings devour or destroy or oppress each other many billions of times on a daily basis. It would not be possible to exist without some form of that. But that's only because that's how the universe is. Nature isn't all fluffy bunnies and rainbows.

 

But if an all-powerful, all-loving, all-good god existed, there would be no need to devour other living beings for sustenance or to destroy and/or displace them for living space or make items out of them. All that is needed for survival and happiness would be magically created with a mere thought, and all needs and wants would be anticipated and provided for. Evil would not exist and instead all beings would realize their full potential in a world magically governed by an ubergod, not dicatated by chance and chaos.

 

The world as we know it would not exist if a god like the Xian one did.

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I've found that the existence of innocent suffering is far more damaging to the Christian arguments than the existence of evil.

 

The typical answer proferred by Chrsitians for the existence of evil is free will and God not wanting to interfere with it.

 

This answer breaks down when confronting innocent suffering, especially when the suffering is not caused by human decision. I'm particularly fond of using the fact that there are innocent children in this world who starve to death.

 

The reason this argument is so powerful against the Christian position is that they cannot use free will as a way out. An innocent child made no decisions regarding God one way or the other, and therefore, is morally neutral. On top of that the senseless suffering of a child is much harder to rationalize away. We all know that an all-good, all-powerful God could not stand that any child should starve to death, so the observation of such innocent suffering completely rebuts the existence of such a God.

 

The only answer I have gotten so far in response has been that when humans first sinned and rejected God, that we got the world we deserve, and that world includes innocent suffering. I call this the Original Sin rebuttal. Unfortunately, this answer fails, because if God is all-good and all-powerful (and all-just, as is the most typical rebuttal to the argument from innocent suffering), then God would not follow a method that allows for massive innocent suffering, which is most assuredly what we observe.

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>>So in essence the "greater good" is achieved? Progress is better than health, survival and happiness? That sounds like Evolution Theory to me.

 

The efforts to create a healthier, longer and happier life are what makes the world turn.

God needs evil to be good?

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