"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?"
I find this quote to be particularly interesting for how eye-opening it is. I, along with everyone else on this planet, see all the awful things that happen daily, and I can't help but wonder, why?
Why do all these terrible things happen? The most common excuse used for this is something called "free will." Christians argue that God gave us free will, the power to make our own choices.
That's the most popular excuse, yet I wonder, why would God give us free will if he knew we would do such awful things?
If he really is all-knowing, he would have known all these things would happen. Knowing this, why would he willingly let that happen?
Why didn't he simply give us free will, but take out all the evil deeds (e.g., remove all evil from the world)? Christians will argue; "then it is not free will." It's a lose-lose argument.
Nevertheless, it's an excellent question. Is he willing to prevent evil? The answer is obvious; no, he is not willing. If he was willing, evil would be extinguished from the world and all of God's children would live in harmony.
Is he able? If he is as omnipotent and powerful as the religion claims, he has every ability to prevent/remove evil from the world. Yet, he refuses.
If he is both able and willing, then where does the evil come from?
Christians may say all evil stems from Satan. However, God created Satan. God was fully aware of how Satan would manipulate Eve and bring evil upon the human race. If he truly didn't want that to happen, Satan would not have been created.
If he isn't willing or able, then why call him God? There are too many flaws in this "God" character and no logical explanations. At one moment he is filled with love and mercy, and the next minute he's slaughtering thousands as a form of punishment for a trivial sin.
God as a character is a plot hole.
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