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Problem of Evil.
« on: December 03, 2007, 12:43:16 AM »
Now we have gone to the most logical next step: The Problem of Evil

The Logical Formula's for the Problem of evil in relation to the threads, and the Truth about Satan.

Christianity affirms the follow prepositional statements to be true.

God exists.
God is all-good.
God is all-powerful.
Evil exists.
So...

We can make propositional conclusions:
If God is all-good, He would will all good and no evil.
If God is all-powerful, He could accomplish everything He wills.
But evil exists.
Therefore if the above conclusions are correct: God is either not all-powerful, or not all-good or He is both not all-powerful and not all-good.

That is where most people stop. They have three choices (so they think).

Abosolute Free-Will: They say well, I want my God to be all good. He did not create evil, He is a victim of His own creation trying His best to save as many as He can, but he can only save those who choose Him. So my God is all good but He isn't all powerful. There is a war between two forces, it just takes awhile of good to win out.

Absolute Soveriegnty: They say well, I want my God to be all-powerful so that means He is not all-good. He creates evil, so He also is responsible for evil, which makes Him not all-good, maybe most good because the evil He does is for the good of all.

Or there maybe a better thing than these conclusions.

If God is all-good, all that He made is ontologically good.

Genesis 1:31
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

If God is all-powerful, anything that does not already exist, He must create into existence.


Isaiah 45:7
"I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things"

Evil exists.

Therefore God is all-power and all-good, and evil is part of creation he created.

Definition of Evil:

There are two most common misunderstandings about evil that make this problem very difficult than it needs to be. First, most of the time we see evil as a being or a thing, and second they are confused between physical evil and moral evil.

a) Evil is not a thing, being, substance or entity. All things are good metaphysically or ontologically in its being. For all being is either Creator or His creation. He Himself is good and declared everything good in the beginning, and that is all the being there is.

If anyone thinks evil is a (concrete) thing, being, substance or entity, then the problem of evil is insolvable. If evil is a (concrete) thing, being, substance or entity, then God Himself is evil for creating it, making Him not all good; or, God did not create it, making Him not all powerful. So how can evil be created and not be a thing, being, substance or entity? Not everything in creation is a (concrete) thing, being, substance or entity.

Example, that which we believe to be a physical evil, is not a actually a thing. Lack of power in a paralysed limb is a physical evil, but it is not a thing like the physical limb itself. Blindness is a physical evil, but it is not a thing like the phyical eye. This is very important to recognize, when understanding the reality of what evil is. Evil is real but it is not a concrete thing, being, substance or entity.

b) There is moral/ethical evil and there is physical/subjective evil. The major confusion about evil is the failure to distinguish between m/e evil and p/s evil. M/e evil is the evil we actively perform, while p/s evil is what we passively suffer; there is evil we will and their is evil that is against our will; the evil we are responsible for and the evil we are not responsible for.

Bacteria serves a good purpose, it breaks down garbage and returns it to being a usable source of energy for other living organisms. Sometimes bacteria get stuck in our lungs and begins to break down our bodies to be usable source of energy for other living organisms. Bacteria in and of itself is not a moral/ethical evil, but as it destroys the body, it is seen as a physical/subjective evil to the person whose body is being breaking down. The bacteria can be blamed for the physical/subjective evil, but it cannot be blamed for moral/ethical evil.

Now if knowing a certain bacteria is highly deadly to a person, and a man captures it and releases it into the public for the purpose of killing the public, the intentions of the man is morally and ethically evil. Not only does the person get attacked by the bacteria (a physical/subjective evil) but the one responsible is the man who released it maliciously (a moral/ethical evil).

So let us continue, watch the lines get clear and then become blurred.

Now sick with a bacterium killing your body, you are rushed to the doctor. The paramedic kicks your hand by accident. Is that a m/e evil or a p/s evil?

You see the doctor and he realizes he need am antibacteria. The antibacteria agent is injected into your veins causes pain in your arm. Is that a m/e evil or a p/s evil?

The doctor looking at your drivers license notices you signed the organ donar card. He replaces the antibacteria agent with a clotting agent which kills you in order that he may harvest your organs and sell them at on the black market. Is that a m/e evil or a p/s evil?

The organ is bought by a rich family to save their dying daughter who is a perfect match to your organ, the daughter is saved. Is that a m/e evil or a p/s evil?

After all this.

So what is God responsible for moral and ethical evil or a physical and subjective evil?

If you say both, then God is not good and your hope is misplaced.