I'm willing to play a game of "butting-heads" with ya, Alan (I also plan on answering your question in my argument). Shall I start first?
M'kay. I believe in a God (component A of statement 1 is "true"!). I am philosophizing (component B of statement 1 is "false"! Your conjecture is dis-proven!). There we go... What? You want a little more substance to my argument? Fine....
To start, the asker's question brings ethics into question. Why is there evil in a God created world? To be honest, the simple answer would be "Why wouldn't there be?". You're assuming a "kind", "just", "loving", "perfect", etc. God. But that's all an assumption. What has told you that, should God exist, that "He" would even care what happens? Christianity? Judaism? Islam? All of those are religions and THEORIES of God, not for fact characteristics of "Him".
When examining Theology through a solely logic based stand point, we may NOT create full conjectures of what "His" feelings, characteristics, or attributes are (should "He" have any). We do not have close to enough knowledge to begin to question these. Likewise, through logic we may NOT take text, word of mouth, or beliefs to be evidence (actually, evidence still doesn't prove (in strict Logic sense), but that's a little too deep for now). These are all human constructs and if you are choosing to point at them as incapable of proving God, why would you see it fit to say that they therefore disprove God? (If A negates B and B may negate C, does A negate C? (not necessarily)).
So I guess to answer your question, there is evil in the world, because there is evil in the world. Whether God is aware of it or not.
Now to Alan's conjecture.
Pray (no pun intended) tell me why there is no God? And, please don't point out the fallacies of religion and "man in the sky" and all those ever so wonderful arguments that Atheist turn to (I should know, I HAD been one for the last couple years of my life). While you're dribbling about Jesus (again, Christianity does NOT equal God) and evolution (disproves Intelligent Design (haha, not even Creationism)) I'll be discussing metaphysics/physics.
First off, Something (existence (space, time, energy, etc.)) may not exist within Nothing (lack of Something). Therefore, existence must have "always been", but how can it have always been? Let's look at energy. Energy (we know from String Theory and Einstein (as well as basic Mechanics, but that's another story) is directly related to matter. Therefore, matter and energy would have needed to always exist (each being reliant on the other). But, energy may NOT be described as sheer potentiality (described SOLELY by dimensions). In other words, there must have been a Something to have this Something to always be (does that make sense?). What da heck placed dem somethings? Haha, without God, yall gets an infinite chain of Somethings (and illogic).
While you stew that over, I'll throw a BETTER Atheism argument (if you're stubborn enough to still call yourself an Atheist, at least have some sort of an argument so your head isn't fully in the ground).
Did God provide morals for his sheer choice and ambiguity or was there a higher truth that made these morals truly bad or good? (let's see if you can find the error in this!)
· 9 years ago