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Suffering refutes benevolence of God

December 20, 2008

You can break the existence of God argument down into five basic categories. One and only one of these is true unless our brains are simply not wired to conceive such things properly and that may be the case.

1) God exists, is omnipotent and benevolent toward mankind. This one is easily refuted because if God had the power and the will to stop suffering then it would. Believers refute this by saying suffering is necessary to awaken belief but what about the suffering of people that already believe?

2) God exists, is not omnipotent and benevolent toward mankind. This one could be true. God might want to help us but simply cannot. Maybe God is still evolving as well. I have no reason to think it wouldn’t be.

3) God exists, is omnipotent and not benevolent toward mankind. If God wants or allows us to suffer then God does not love us because it could have prevented it by not creating us or by not allowing evolution to evolve us into being. It makes no sense to create a lesser being and then judge them when you already know exactly what they’re going to do.

4) God exists and is neither omnipotent nor benevolent toward mankind. This could be what we might now consider a highly advanced alien species that is very powerful but not omnipotent. They certainly wouldn’t care about our less advanced society given our propensity for violence and other immoral behavior.

5) God does not exist and man simply cannot comprehend that the universe has always existed with no creator. I lean toward the nonexistence of a sentient higher power. Pantheism works for me.

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