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Does the problem of evil defeat Gods existence

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Discuss if the problem of evil defeats the existence of God Evil is a problem that exists for anyone that believes it exists. Evil can be seen as objective to some and subjective to others. Either way evil exists within the category of 'bad' and 'wrong'. Therefore, whether or not evil is universally agreed upon, everyone proposes evil exists, because everyone holds morals that suggest something is either right or wrong. "The problem of evil" is simply an argument that tries to resolve the existence of God. This problem holds with it great emotional impact. Evil has been taught and discussed for generations; every argument at some point comes to discuss its reason and asks the question, why? This essay will go on to discuss the situation of "the problem of evil" in reflection upon William Craig's lecture on "the problem of evil". I will then conclude with my view that the problem of evil does not defeat the existence of God but in fact prove God's existence. ...read more.

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God's reason to evil is so that there could be an identification to good deeds. However another philosopher Epicurus believed otherwise and stated his opinion as shown below: 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? What can be drawn from this is that God must have intended evil to exist in order for it to exist. If God is omnipotent and had created the world, as we assume, then evil too would have been created by him. If God were omniscient then he also would have known that philosophers were going to discuss his existence. Without 'evil' humans would feel no purpose to question or think about God, because humans would be content. Humans would feel no need to question the reason of having no 'evil' as we would not have any more than the good that surrounds us. ...read more.

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But in a theist point of view, a Christian point of view as Craig mentions that the purpose of life is to "understand God" so in that case us humans are on the right track, as we move forward understanding the good and bad situations we are confronted with. Furthermore, William Craig ended his lecture by expressing his views on whether the problem of evil defeats the existence of God. He stated: 1. If God does not exist than objective moral values do not exist. 2. Evil exists 3. Therefore objective moral values exist 4. Therefore God exists As I mentioned at the beginning, I too do not believe that "the problem of evil" defeats God, it helps to prove God's existence. Epicurus and Doctor Russell may believe that there is already too much bad in the world to justify his existence. However, I believe that the good we come across in life justifies the bad and without bad there would be no way of knowing good, so in that case God permits evil in the world for humans to challenge themselves as believers and thinkers. Alexandra Liu HL ...read more.

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