If God stopped bad things and evil happening like tsunamis, earthquakes, murderers etc, everyone would believe in him because he revealed himself. There would then be no faith, which goes against the idea of free will, as God would have forced everyone to believe in him through this proof. Faith is the only way to get into Heaven apparently, which nobody would have if God proved himself.
(Original post by mwells1996)
So we were looking at this dilemma in our Philosophy class a while back, and I've been thinking about it a fair bit lately and wanted a place to discuss it.
Evil exists, in one way or another - bad things happen. Hypothetically speaking, God should be able to stop it. He knows everything, so he would know how to eradicate it. He is all powerful, so if he knew a way he would be able to do it. He is all loving, so he must surely want to get rid of the bad things in the world. So why doesn't he? The only answer must be that God does not exist as many believe he does - he cannot be all loving, all powerful, and all knowing because evil exists. So where does that leave religion?
[Just want to say, I'm not religious at all. I just think this is a pretty interesting problem]
Of course God can stop these things happening, but if he wants people to have faith in him, with faith meaning continuous belief without solid evidence, he cannot intervene in anything on Earth. Only people who choose to have faith in God are 'saved', so if God revealed himself and forced people to believe in him, taking away people's free will, nobody could be saved.
Sinners and atheists who never believed in God and never would unless he revealed himself would then just believe in God, because they saw him and there's proof, rather than thtrough their own free will.
I'm not religious either.
Last edited by Flyteryder; 21-07-2012 at 11:24.
He faces the exact same problem everyone else does. His answer is nowhere near sufficient to defeat the argument. In admitting that suffering DOES occur, he accepts that God is either not all good, not all powerful or not all knowing.
(Original post by chickenonsteroids)
Have you read Swinburne's answer to it?
Last edited by NYU2012; 23-07-2012 at 23:33.