(Original post by Henry_Tudor)
However some Christians would say that God is the source of all good he is 'omibenevolent' therefore he cannot produce evil. How would you respond to this?
Well, this answer in itself creates more questions than answers. We have to then try and comprehend where evil comes from. To pass the buck onto Satan in not helpful as God created Satan and he is only as imperfect as God created him.
Also, if we are assume that God is omnibenevolent, then Gods other attributes become contradictory. As Epicurus said:
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?
If God is benevolent, then we can assume that he is willing to prevent evil. However, as evil still exists and God is benevolent, the only reason this could be so is that God is not omnipotent. If God is both omnipotent and benevolent, evil should not exist. Are Christians willing to settle with the assumption that God is not omnipotent in order for God to maintain his benevolence in the face of the existence of evil?
Now a common Christian reply to this is to say that God is both omnipotent and omnibenevolent and that the existence of evil is necessary in creating beings with freewill. However this is not true at all. If man was created wholly good, he could still possess the free will to choose between several different good actions. God did not have to make man susceptible to evil in order to give them freewill.
Also, human freewill fails to take account of natural evil. Earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural evils are completely unrelated to human freewill. Such evils have no basis in a world created by an omnibenevolent and omnipotent God.
For evil to exist, God can not be both omnipotent and omnibenevolent. He is either one or the other.