Friday, June 20, 2008

ATHEISM: The Problem of Evil... and Good.

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The Problem of Evil ... and Good.

If it weren't for logic, atheism would make a viable worldview.

Quick example: Christopher Hitchens in his book, 'God is not Great' summarizes a classic argument against God's existence known as 'the problem of evil' on pg 268:

"Is he [God] willing to prevent evil but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?"

Then, 30 pages later, when discussing moral relitivism, Hitchens makes this statement:

"There is no such thing as evil, and those who argue with me on this point are wicked, stupid, or both."

Now, I'm no rocket surgeon, but if there is no such thing as evil...

[+-] Expand/Collapse Post can you use the 'problem of evil' to argue against theism? Moreover... with no evil, there's no such thing as good; with no good, there's no such thing as great; with no great, how am I even supposed to understand the title of his book?

"The flames of Hell will excite the reverential praise of Heaven."
-Charles Bridges

Not surprisingly, this statement was made by a man not on the current best-seller list. It speaks of God's sovereign goodness despite, or rather because of, our moral evil. Did God ordain evil? Of course He did. He has ordained whatever happens. But more than this, somehow our wholly-good God is better glorified because evil exists through His creatures. So it is not only not wrong for God to have ordained evil, it is positively immoral for Him not to, as it would diminish the glory He will ultimately receive.

In a world with no dragons, every princess would be safer - but then there never would've been a knight in shining armor.

If God had ordained a world with no evil - no one ever would have known about His mercy, His patience, or His justice and wrath. The evil for which I and we are responsible, is the means by which God makes these glories known. The fact that He is able to ordain my evil, and then make it into something good, causes me to revel in His wonder all the more now - and I can only imagine what it will do when I see these things come together on the last day. This is as much of an answer as the Bible affords, and it is sufficient.

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