A Powerful Argument Against God

Over the past few weeks, a series of crazed gunmen took the lives of more than 30 innocent people in three separate mass killings in the United States.  Among the dead were multiple children.  Of course, children dying, in and of itself, is not a particularly newsworthy event.  Children die every day, from disease, hunger, accidents and, yes, violence.

Tragedy, unfortunately, is a part of nature, which we know and understand in our heart of hearts.  But religion, as framed by Christianity, Islam and Judaism, would have us believe otherwise.  They would have us believe that there is an all-powerful, loving God, that watches over us and, even when we see tragedy, it’s only because we don’t understand God’s plan.  And in the wake of such tragedy, the usual response from the religious community is to offer ‘thoughts and prayers’ to those affected, as if that is somehow compensation for those who are suffering.  If there’s an all-powerful, loving God watching over us, how can it be that bad things continuously happen to good people?

There is nothing more gut-wrenching than a child being taken from their loving parents, parents that nurtured that child from birth, with hopes for its future of a life of happiness and fulfillment.  To tell a parent that they just don’t understand God’s plan, that somehow their dead child is in a better place, is empty consolation.  We’re better off just coming to terms with the fact that in nature, bad things do in fact sometimes happen to good people, but also with the understanding that humans (not God) can take steps to reduce the number of those bad happenings (by reducing violence, disease, hunger and accidents).

The question of God is perhaps best summed up by one of our favorite quotes by the famous Greek philosopher Epicurus:

“Is 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?”

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  1. Who was Epicurus talking about?
    The Epicurean paradox, ~300 BCE

    If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to
    Then He is not omnipotent.
    If He is able, but not willing
    Then He is malevolent.
    If He is both able and willing
    Then whence cometh evil.
    If He is neither able nor willing
    Then why call Him God?

    According to biblical time line, the new testiment was not written until the A.D. time zone. Where as, old testiment written before Epicurus.

    Genesis 3:22 And the יְהוָ֣ה
    Yah-weh Yahweh N-proper-ms אֱלֹהִ֗ים
    ’ĕ-lō-hîm,] translated into English as “Lord God”

    LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.

    … like one of US. “Lord God” is plural, many.

    Omnigod all powerful paradox.

    One omnigod tries to punch another omnigod in nose. If both are all powerful then it is a paradox because omnigod punching is all powerful and should hit omnigod in nose but omnigod is all powerful to block punch.

    2 all powerful would not seem to co-exist AS being both all powerful.

    So to make synopsis, Biblical “Gods” are many and have knowledge of good and evil. They are not “all-powerful ” each at same time.

    Then comes this question, the fact of knowledge of evil is a place where with evil exist? The thing of thought is a thing unto itself, exist as a thought that the thought itsrlf does infact exist. So to say, Evil may not exist in world external to the thought but in the thought with knowledge of the evil does exist.

    Why does people apply Epicurus to biblical style god?

    Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

    … and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

    Biblical style god is not in a type of definition that meets Epicurus evaluation.

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