Yep, I'm a Christian who believes in a God who is very evenly matched with Satan. Satan's power can overpower God's to create evil; conversely, God's power can overpower Satan's - which results in acts of love and kindness in the face of adversity.
(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]
It does trouble me, though, that God can't possibly be all-powerful if he is good. So I arranged to meet up with the minister of my church (she's a decent, intelligent person), to ask her how it's possible for God to be good, all-knowing AND all-powerful. Her explanation? God is all three; but he put humans on this planet and gave them free will to basically see what would happen - she basically just admitted that God isn't all-knowing - yet that's exactly what she believes...
I'm so confused.
She did, however, admit that Satan's power shouldn't be under-estimated; I was glad she admitted this, because - if Satan exists - it's so true.
Last edited by mc1000; 24-07-2012 at 01:07.