• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"If God is all-powerful, then he must be able to abolish evil; if God is all-loving, then he must wish to abolish evil; but evil exists, therefore God cannot be both all-powerful and all-loving." (John Hick)

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

God and Evil "If God is all-powerful, then he must be able to abolish evil; if God is all-loving, then he must wish to abolish evil; but evil exists, therefore God cannot be both all-powerful and all-loving." (John Hick) The problem of evil is the difficulty of reconciling the existence of suffering and other evils in the world with the existence of God. There are two kinds of evil that philosophers have distinguished between; moral evil which consists of the bad actions and their unfortunate results for which humans or other moral agents are morally responsible. ...read more.

Middle

Doesn't suffering break the soul instead of make the soul? I really do not think that there is a satisfactory conclusion because people are always going to debate the issue of God and evil. "The cause and effect relationship among things-being-moved and things-moving must have a starting point. At one point in time, the relationship was set in motion. Thus, there must be a First Cause which set all other things in motion." The ontological proof of God's existence states that there is a basic understanding of God, the idea of God is the idea of the greatest possible thing, a being is greater if it exists in reality rather ...read more.

Conclusion

The third, cosmological proof of God's existence states that the world contains things that were brought here by some cause; everything that exists is either uncaused or caused, there cannot be an infinite regress of causes, there must be an uncaused first cause, the uncaused first cause is God, therefore, God exists. I think the most convincing is the cosmological argument because if you read the bible then this argument relates to it. The bible says God created the universe and man and all the animals, whereas the cosmological argument states pretty much the same thing. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Existence of God section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Existence of God essays

  1. Suffering proves that there is no loving God

    Now, surely a loving God would not allow his people to get to the point where they have lost faith in him? Without man, God is nothing. Likewise, without God, man is nothing. I recently came across these moving words while reading up on the topic of God and the

  2. Does God Exist?

    agnostic because I have not had anything to totally convince me to be a theist or an atheist. I agree with the agnostics that we might never be able to know that a God does exist because if we did it might cause havoc and destruction in the world.

  1. What is the problem of evil?

    This reflects the ancient belief that every generation is guilty because they inherit his guilt for disobeying God. Augustine concluded his theodicy with a reminder of God's grace - if God were simple just, everyone would go to their rightful punishment in Hell.

  2. The problem of evil.

    He then applies everything said about the watch to things in nature, such as the human eye, which appear to have been designed for a purpose. He eventually concludes that we can infer that the world has a creator because of all the things within it which appear to have been designed.

  1. Good and Evil

    "My friend, to be good enough to go to heaven we must have a righteousness that equals God's" (2 Corinthians. 5:21), this provides evidence that those who are like God shall be rewarded in heaven and God is good so those who are good shall be rewarded.

  2. Personal Views on Evil and suffering

    God must knows before he give the world to Satan - he is omniscience - unless he is not omnipotence so Satan took over the world from him or he is not omniscience and thought Satan would treat his people well.

  1. Discuss the Problem of Evil

    Finally, there is the Big picture Theodicy. This is the basic summary P1. Some evil has to be caused to prevent a higher evil P2. Humans cannot see the whole picture of the world?s evil P3. God can C. Therefore God allows some evil so that to prevent a higher evil to occur.

  2. The Holocaust - personal response to Anne Frank's diary and the problem of evil ...

    Therefore, a moral (in their eyes) quote was made: ?That was the day that I spat into the face of my god!? Also, Anne Frank queried the intervention, or lack of intervention from Yahweh to prevent the Holocaust. Saying: ?Everyone has come to doubt the truth of justice and god.? If the Jews were punished for

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work