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The problem with evil for many religious people is the fact that if evil exists then god cannot, this is thanks to many philosophical statements that run like this.

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What is the problem with evil The problem with evil for many religious people is the fact that if evil exists then god cannot, this is thanks to many philosophical statements that run like this; 1. If god was all loving he must want to destroy evil 2. If god was all powerful he could destroy evil 3. Evil exists 4. The above two statements cannot exist in the same world, 5. But evil does 6. Therefore god doesn't exist. However there are certainly two types of evil human evil and natural evil and god certainly can't stop human evil but he can stop natural evil. ...read more.

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They called it a miracle sent from god not a disaster. Whenever a Volcano erupts it leaves arable soil on it's sides so perfect for planting crops on and before modern cities there would be nothing for the lava to destroy so that wouldn't be a problem either. What hazard would an earthquake cause if again there was nothing to destroy and the same things apply for wind and rain? So why does god let man do such awful things like Hitler did? Well an all loving god must give man free will or the world wouldn't be so great if you couldn't choose what you did and god chose it for you. ...read more.

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And the same applies for; 1. God made everything perfect, 2. Imperfection cannot come form perfection 3. Therefore perfectly created beings cannot be the origin of evil 4. Therefore god must be the origin. However I believe that this statement is the truth as I do not believe in god; 1. If god was all loving he must want to destroy evil 2. If god was all powerful he could destroy evil 3. Evil exists 4. The above two statements cannot exist in the same world, 5. But evil does 6. Therefore an all powerful and loving god doesn't exist even if a partially powerful and loving god does. ...read more.

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