Monday, July 25, 2011

Notable Quotable

Bruce from the website FallenfromGrace has a great post on the problem of evil.

Love the ending quote of Bruce's story.  A long, long time ago Epicurus figured out this truth.

Epicurus’ argument remains the best refutation of the Christian belief concerning evil.
It states:
If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to
Then He is not omnipotent.
If He is able, but not willing
Then He is malevolent.
If He is both able and willing
Then whence cometh evil?
If He is neither able nor willing
Then why call Him God?

Recently a Christian asked why is the problem of evil a problem?  Well, it isn't unless you believe in a totally loving god.  Then, Why would a being of total love create so much misery in the world?  That is why there is a problem of evil.  It is an omnibenevolent god problem not a real world problem.  Biblegod isn't actually real and so then, neither is the problem.  Unless of course you think Biblegod is real.  Then the issue is quite pertinent.

Misery exists because the myriad of life forms all need a way to make a living.  Lions and mosquitoes have to eat and viruses and bacteria have to live, too.  The world works just the way you would expect it to if evolution were the primary reason life continues to thrive on this planet.

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