“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?”
I want to focus on this quote by Epicurus in part 2 of “God Is Not the Cause of Suffering.”
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he in not omnipotent.”
I think we can base most of this argument from the ancient book of Job. We understand that only good things come from God however, God does allow evil to work in the world. God then is still omnipotent just a participant by association in the evil as we perceive it. I think it is important to remember God’s ways are not our way.
“Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent.”
Yes, from our perception he is malevolent. There is no doubt about it. God is absolutely allowing evil in the world. I would ask is evil necessary? Or, does evil exist at all? Do we just call what makes us suffer evil because we do not like it?
“Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?”
In short, evil does not exist. It is our human condition to suffer which we perceive as evil.
“Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
That would be a personal choice. Don’t call him God. Call him what you want. Why do I call him God? I call him God because his ways our higher than mine. “Reality” Is much more than I could ever understand. I call him God because I do not believe in evil. I believe in suffering and suffering can bring about some of the best attributes in mankind. This however is my personal choice. God then is not the cause of suffering; suffering is the cause of mankind. To suffer is to live. Do what you will.