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This is called the problem of theodicy. The assumptions usually made in the problem statement are, with a little variance: God is almighty and all-knowing God does not want evil in the world God is good The problem goes on to state the fact that there is evil in the world, and claims a contradiction between the assumptions and this observation. I see ...


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From the perspective of a non-Christian, the explanation you put forth makes no sense. It relies on a number of assumptions that a non-Christian doesn't necessarily hold. Regardless of whether it makes sense in the context of your belief system, it does not make sense to a non-Christian. For example: If evil is the result of the actions of Adam and Eve, ...


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The question I will try to answer is: Can anyone please offer any explanation as to how a totally-good God can create evil deliberately and still remain holy and righteous? I will attempt to explain this from the point of Original Sin. This is becuse I myself struggled to understand this for some time and found that this can be explained better from that ...


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I think you have a good reason for why evil exists, but I would follow that with suffering exists because evil exists. I don't agree that all suffering is punishment from God. He may allow for suffering, because He can use it in our lives to make us perfect. Another root reason is that God allows for our free will. He does not want us to be robot ...


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Because God gave us free will. He is not interested in puppets on a string who just hop to his commands. He is interested in followers who of their own free will accept the knowledge of God. Free will cannot (Without being internally coherent) exist and the choice to do evil not. So it looks like God could either have created a puppet humanity with no ...


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Yes... A majority of Christian traditions recognize on some level that we will and even must suffer. The author and perfecter of our faith was hung on a tree. As his followers, we can expect pretty much more of the same. 1 Peter 4:12-14 (ESV) 12  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though ...


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There are two basic approaches: 1. Blame Mankind Evil and suffering exist because of mankind's disobedience to God. Exactly how this works is more difficult to comprehend. Certainly a lot of suffering is the direct result of man's actions, but other types of suffering - things like natural disasters - can't be justified quite so easily. They may be ...


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In my understanding there are different kinds of evil. A Christian needs to be able to discern between the different evils that are in this world. God knew that men would be evil, this is probably the reason why He created a realm just for man to reside within because God was probably not willing to let us defile the heavens. God disciplining His children. ...


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Opening The Church does not base her theology on rebutting, as in this case, the arguments advanced by the Grand Inquisitor parable. The Church's theology delves into Divine Revelation = Sacred Scripture + [Holy] Tradition. Nevertheless, the Church's theology can rebut those kinds of arguments. In line with the criteria for answers on this site, this post ...


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For Isaiah and Amos, this is an issue in translation. The Hebrew word for "evil" is [ra']. This word also means: bad, spoiled, calamity, hurt, trouble, etc. So [ra'] could be used to both describe spoiled milk, and a city leveled by an earthquake. In english evil is evil. You wouldn't call spoiled milk evil, you would say it is bad, or spoiled. In ...


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I myself has always been partial to the line from the movie "Constantine:" Angela Dodson: I guess God has a plan for all of us. John Constantine: God's a kid with an ant farm, lady. He's not planning anything. Now John's a cynic, and not a believer. In fact, at this point in the film he's about as un-sympathetic as possible without actually being ...


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The answer to this question is always "Yes" in the Bible. If Jesus suffered we ought to suffer as well as we must partake in everything Jesus took. We suffer with him. We die with him. We'll live with him. 2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us When Jesus was being led to Golgotha Luke ...


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Some Christians suffer more than others, but all Christians are guaranteed to suffer a little bit due to 2 Tim 3:12. You won't have to look for ways to suffer, you will suffer primarily because of Gal 4:29. The one born after the flesh (the unsaved world or the carnal nature in a believing Christian) is guaranteed to persecute those who walk in his Holy ...


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You are right that the idea of evil as the absence of good is traditionally associated with Augustine. As far as I understand your specific idea, you are positing that 'absence of good' is necessary for anything that is not God, or that nothing aside from God can be wholly good. This reminds me, more than anything else, of the Gnostic world-view, wherein ...


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The argument usually made is something like this: God created everything Evil exists So God created evil The problem with this argument is its second premise that evil is something. The fact is evil is not a thing it is a lack or privation of good thing that God made. Christian Philosopher J. P. Moreland notes: "Evil is a lack of goodness. ...


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Another argument for a existence of a just God despite the presence of evil is exactly that: the existence of evil. If God does not exist then morality is what humans make of it. If morality is what we make of it, then it shifts with time and location. Yet throughout time and cultures, we see certain moral codes virtually everywhere. Stealing is bad. ...


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This question is not that different from God hardening Pharaohs heart.  It has never personally bothered me though many other things have. They way many take this is simply that for sin, God often punished sinners by heading them over to greater sin.  God can't properly temp men to sin or directly create sin, or cause more sin, but indirectly through sinful ...


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Yes, your arguments are correct. Here is some expansion and support… The first and best answer to suffering is the freewill defense. For God to make free creatures is worthwhile; truly free creatures are able to act for good or evil. People who cannot do certain things are not truly free. A person needs no other response, but other responses are available ...


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Tim Keller in his book, Reason for God dedicates a chapter to this very issue. I'll provide a preview of what he says... He states it this way: If a good and powerful God exists, he would not allow pointless evil, but because there is much unjustifiable pointless evil in the world, the traditional good and powerful God could not exist. ... Tucked ...


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The Doors of the Sea by David Bentley Hart, from an Orthodox perspective. The Justification Of God by John Piper, from a Reformed perspective. This book is more focused on the question of how can God be called good if he has sovereignly ordained that some people be damned, but the existence of God is clearly an implication of that question. As it's written ...


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Yes, it is an open question. Yes, it is a "solved" question. No, it is not an OR question. The question you are asking "Is Theodicy an "open" question or a solved one?" is based on a faulty premise. Namely, "open" does not mean "unanswered" or "unsolved" - it means one that is continually being investigated. Thus, the opposite of an "open" problem isn't ...


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The problem is known as "theodicy". Actually, this is just one portion of the problem of theodicy, but it's part of the "How can a good God permit evil?" question. "How God could create beings that will go to Hell" is subset of the problem of theodicy. This is one of the most commonly covered questions in the field of Apologetics. A Bing/Google/(Choose ...


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There's a fascinating dissection of Job that I recently read: http://www.bookofjob.org/ It's a pretty long and thorough analysis, but the summary is that God allows evil and suffering to happen because if he didn't then our love would be conditional on his protection from evil and suffering. Just like Satan says about Job, he only loves God because his ...


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I struggled with this for many years until I read the book of Romans 9:12-23. Especially, these verses say it all Romans 9 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that ...


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Before continuing, it should be noted that this topic is discussed among theologians, but there is no official teaching which all Catholics are bound to. That's true for most questions which begin with "Why doesn't God just?" This is especially true in a specific case. Your question is one of theodicy. It can be made briefer with "Why do good things happen ...


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Augustine, and other Christian leaders ignore scripture on this point. Isaiah 45:7 ("I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create evil; I am the Lord that does all these things") and Deuteronomy 30:15-20 ("See, I have set before you this day life and good and death and evil . . . .therefore choose life that you may live, you and your seed; ...


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One could argue that Augustine saw hints of this argument in Scripture: I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create ...


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Does The Bible Say God Created Evil (Sin)? KJV: I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these [things]. This generates some confusion, because the "evil" God creates does not necessarily match our definition of "evil" (more on this in the next section). We can try reading other translations and ...


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This is the classic question of "theodicy" which is often viewed as a philosophical problem within the theology of God. A reformed perspective on this question is that the highest good in the universe is that God is glorified, which means for God to be publicly portrayed as "good," or more specifically for God to put his attributes on display via ...



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