Logical problem of evil

  1. God exists. (premise)
  2. God is omnipotent and omniscient. (premise — or true by definition of the word “God”)
  3. God is all-benevolent. (premise — or true by definition)
  4. All-benevolent beings are opposed to all evil. (premise — or true by definition)
  5. All-benevolent beings who can eliminate evil will do so immediately when they become aware of it. (premise)
  6. God is opposed to all evil. (conclusion from 3 and 4)
  7. God can eliminate evil completely and immediately. (conclusion from 2)
    1. Whatever the end result of suffering is, God can bring it about by ways that do not include suffering. (conclusion from 2)
    2. God has no reason not to eliminate evil. (conclusion from 7.1)
    3. God has no reason not to act immediately. (conclusion from 5)
  8. God will eliminate evil completely and immediately. (conclusion from 6, 7.2 and 7.3)
  9. Evil exists, has existed, and probably will always exist. (premise)
  10. Items 8 and 9 are contradictory; therefore, one or more of the premises is false: either God does not exist, evil does not exist, God is not simultaneously omnipotent, omniscient and all-benevolent, or all-benevolent beings who can eliminate evil will not necessarily do so immediately when they become aware of it.

4 Comments

  1. Never question the God. Evil and Good are just two poles of one and the same thing, the omnipresent and omnipotent God. Our world is polar and made of the poles and differences so that we all try to reach the balance and harmony between these poles / differences. If there was no Evil, how would you define the Good? By trying to eliminate the Evil you only multiply it and make it stronger (and perhaps also vice versa). But by embracing all that is happening in this world, you reach the balance and harmony in your soul. Sorry for preaching. I am not a priest, and I should not, but that’s how I feel.

  2. რელიგიურ თემებზე ფიქრი ჩემი მოწოდება გახდა ამ ბოლო დროს ;)

    სასურველია, ახლოს გაგვეცნო ერთმანეთი, რას იტყვი? :)

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