If God exists and has the capability to be powerful, good, omniscient and omnipotent, why would he let evil be perpetrated? Is a God unable to suppress the evil or does he have no solution to problem of evil? The thesis posited by Mackie that evil exists and there is no God to stop the evil is still relevant to today. We still have wars, incurable diseases and struggles on this planet.
According to Christianity the true greatness can be achieved only with God’s blessing. Doctor Faustus by refusing the creator of universe, the God, he is condemned to mediocrity. He has gained the limitless power, but the problem is that he does not know what to do with such a power. 7.5 The Divided Nature of Man Doctor Faustus from the beginning when he signs the pact with Lucifer till the end is undecided if he should consider repenting and return to God, or continue to obey his pact with the devil Lucifer. This doubt goes throughout the play whether if he should to be good and return to God, but after his pact with the devil he is obsessed with power, and so he struggles what to do.
Augustine refutes Caelestius’ ideas by using Scripture to show that we are righteous only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. He showed that Caelestius is unable to explain many texts that speak of the sinfulness of all humans. Caelestius challenges the idea that the fall resulted in our nature being corrupted so that it is unable to do
A lot of arguments have been known to prove or disprove the existence of God, and the Problem of Evil is one of them. The Problem of Evil argues that it is impossible to have God and evil existing in the same world. Due to ideal characteristics of God, evil should not have a chance to exist and make human suffer. In this essay, I will examine the argument for the Problem of Evil, a possible theodicy against the argument, and reply to the theodicy. First of all, to be clear, the Problem of Evil is an argument that shows that God cannot be either all- powerful, all-knowing, and/or all good.
He explains, “There is Hell’s wide gaping mouth open (Page 2)”. This implies that Hell is a wide mouth waiting to swallow those who disobey God. It also conveys that people should follow God’s rules in order to avoid going to Hell or being swallowed by Hell’s open mouth, which awaits them. Edwards daunts his believes into following God in order to get into heaven and avoid Hell. He makes Hell seem like the worst thing ever imagined and that God is willing to send people there for not believing/ following him.
In fact, it is the exact opposite. Contrapasso is used, eternally, for only one sin. If a person were to reject God’s salvation the individual’s sins would not be forgiven and they would be separated from God forever. This punishment reflects the crime, mankind rejects God and God rejects mankind. It may seem like rejecting God is a greater sin then the others because the punishment is so great, but it is not.
This social “Hell” expressly opposes Biblical truth. Biblically, Hell separates people from God and therefore all goodness. Companionship, rather than loneliness, is goodness. Thus Milton makes his first theological error. Milton makes his second error when he describes Hell as bearable.
The Devil as a Personified Doubt in The Brothers Karamazov In The Brother’s Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky ambiguously presents the existence of God and the existence of the Devil. Through Ivan Fyodorovich, a rationalist and an adamant skeptic of religion, Dostoevsky wrestles with the idea of an all-loving God, and draws upon the idea that the Grand Inquisitor supports the intentions of the Devil. In this paper, I will discuss the existence of the Devil as a “personal” entity rather than a “real” figure by drawing conclusions from Ivan’s philosophy articulated in “The Grand Inquisitor” and Ivan’s encounter with the Devil incarnated in “The Devil. Ivan Fyodorovich’s Nightmare.” This personal, psychological Devil attacks one’s beliefs and extracts
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).
John Milton’s Paradis Lost is an extravagant poem enlisting the elegance of man’s first act of disobedience towards God. Thus, referencing upon the consequences that result from it. Though Milton’s predicament is seemingly hopeless, he manages to endure. Posing as a puissant figure, standing amongst God’s army of fellow angels, “As when though stood 'st in Heav’n uprights and pure; That glory then, when thou no more waft good” (Milton), Satan has pronounced himself as a more evolved threat of God’s army. In which, Satan withstands the subtle title of an embellishing evil as well as the opening of danger given the opportunity.
Candide himself falls to a moment of negativity and says “This is the end of the world”. How could an all-loving and powerful God destroy so mercilessly? Voltaire is possibly indicating that there is another agent at work here other than a God of Good. Even after what seems an already tragic event, Pangloss is hung for heresy and Candide is thrashed for unconcernedly listening and not protesting. Voltaire postulates and subtly asks the reader, what kind of world do we live in where a God who is so full
Questioning if God is not omnipotent, the entire idea of God creating the world can be called into question. Another issue is that if it is said that God is no longer entirely good there is the possibility to say that God has evil or bad intentions, and we should denounce him. Lastly, if one says that evil does not exist, then there is no possible way to separate those people who are considered to be deviants of society. This would mean that those who commit crimes that are evil in nature like murder and rape would be considered to be normal and acceptable. In Mackie’s Fallacious Situation, there are four main points that are discussed.
It isn’t enough to pray to the Dark Lord for something...you must also put forth some effort on your end; It is a popular belief that Satanists do not believe in the Christian God. Atheistic Satanists (LaVeyan Satanists) do not believe in God, they do not even believe in Satan as a real entity. To believe in Satan, you must believe in God, and visa versa. As much as the Dark Lord despises the Christian God, Jehovah, he will tell you that he is the true Creator. Satan cannot produce life.