If God is willing but not able, then he is not all powerful. If God is able but not willing, then he is malevolent. If God is both willing and able, then why is there evil in the world? If God is neither willing nor able, then why call him God? Any argument that God is both willing and able but allows evil while religion fails to provide a concise and definitive explanation as to why will not suffice.
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I'm all for the freedom to choose, but to choose correctly you need knowledge, yet God denied mankind fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Surely choosing to freely love God, with knowledge, is better than loving in ignorance.
The Garden of Eden allegory speaks to me of *something* that happened in the early beginnings of Man on earth. That Man "fell" seems clear. Could the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil refer to dropping into the illusion of duality?
REALLY wish 4 more room to comment! Rog, God never deprived them of Knowledge itself; He gave them minds. But u left off important words: Tree of Knowledge of GOOD & EVIL. They disobeyed God, tasted evil, brought death upon themselves. Their choi
Now there's another paradox. If God created all things and being perfect, all things created must be perfect, God must have created evil.
While there are two forces in the world, I would have to disagree that they are equal. While some choose to deny the power of good, evil does get the upper hand. However, when good is collectively applied, evil takes a second seat. Live by true good.
A good bit of philosophy here.
Thank you Larry.
JThomp42 - you are spot on. Acceptance&Faithfulness to God obviates evil that humans employ.
Rev13:18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666.
Thank you taburkett.