• I want to see what everyone else thinks...

    The Problem of Evil can be understood as the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with that of a God who is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnibenevolent (all-loving). I believe that it can be resolved, but I want to hear everyone else's views first. Let me know what you think and why you think it. Also, please try to keep responses relevant to The Problem of Evil specifically. Thanks!

  • Yes it can,

    But it never will. Good and evil are man made terms. If we look at the animal kingdom. You do what betters the survival of your species. Humans have changed this to mean good and things that go against the survival as evil. Just as in nature, what is good for your survival may not be good for the survival of others. This is the main reason why morals are seen as subjective. Look at the bible. It says clearly "Thou shalt not kill." Clearly, it states that killing is evil. Funny thing is, it later gives reasons to kill others. It not only justifies killing others but makes not killing them evil. War too a good example of this. On the one hand, your suppose to protect the lives of those around you and at the same time, kill others.
    The only way we can resolve good and evil is if we come together as one cohesive group that agrees on what is right and wrong for all people, not just their own group. Problem is, this planet is filled with so many groups that disagree on everything and nobody is willing to accept the standards of any other group.
    Can it happen? Yes. Will it ever happen? No. Well, maybe if the vast majority of mankind was killed off and left just one cohesive group alive, yet I feel that even that would be just temporary till they found something to disagree on.

  • Yes, evil is not our nature.

    "Evil" is bred into us and is deep in the fibres of who we are,
    it only takes a little love and understanding to move past this.
    We are taught to avoid strangers and hide from confrontation, we learn to spite those who are different or seemingly alien.
    There is no such thing as an evil person, only evil actions, even the most violent criminals can be reformed if enough time is spent on them, people CAN change.

    Every action a Human takes is to benefit himself or someone close to their heart, actions are made out of love and what we deem to be the "right thing".
    Leaders massacre certain racial groups, and commit atrocities; because of their religion, they do it out of the love of their God or fellow man, not realising it to be an "evil" deed, politics and religion of the ignorant breed this hate and misunderstanding, evil is like them, simple and insignificant - we can move past it through enlightenment, peace and compassion.
    Evil is not who we are but who we learn to be
    We are not civilised but industrialised for profit and war,
    fearmongering is used to bolster the power of politicians and preachers, who have learned to make evil a business, not looking to the bigger picture, or the future of Mankind.

    Evil can be stopped through love.

    Posted by: CJRD
  • Humans believe its possible but God expresses evil will always be there

    For centuries evil has been a problem that has tried to be solved numerous times. In the bible God expresses that Satan will continue to tempt you to say or do things that go against God. Everyday whether you believe it or not, face evil...Whether it be a rude coworker or being tempted to skip school. And all the times where you're having a bad day and you feel worthless and sad that is satan getting to you...Trying to break you down..Which shows that the problem of evil can't be resolved.

  • Evil is what we are.

    One needs only look at the history books to see how quick mankind is to exercise evil on itself. In fact, human history can be neatly summarized as a study of evil with a few examples of virtue. The ease at which evil is exercised, the fact that we have to impose laws on ourselves, and the inconsistency with which evil is handled by those laws, all indicate that evil is not learned, but inherent. If evil is learned, then there must have been a first teacher of evil, but no single teacher's ideas could have had such widespread and diverse implications as to include all forms of evil present in human behavior.

    In fact, the very need for a society to have laws indicates that evils, which the society deems unacceptable, occur naturally without any teaching and needed to have efforts expended to correct that natural tendency through force. We are taught that murder is evil, yet there are still murderers among us. We are taught rape is evil, yet there are still rapists among us. These evil people benefitted from the same teaching, the same social censure, the same collective moral pressures, and the same threat of punishment, but chose to do evil regardless. That speaks to an inner 'source' of evil that is present independent of what is taught and learned.

    I posit instead that we are evil and expend effort to do good, rather than the opposite. If we are, therefore, evil by nature, then evil cannot be 'moved past' or 'left behind'. It persists because we, as humans, persist. Even efforts to restrain or eliminate evil leads to other evils in turn. It is simply a fact of what we are. As humans, we are driven by a need to get as much for ourselves with as little effort as possible while exposing ourselves to the least risk; driven by greed, laziness, and fear. These are almost universally considered evil motivations, yet they form the cornerstones of our decision-making, both individually and collectively.

    The original asker admits as much: "'Evil' is bred into us and is deep in the fibres of who we are", and I see no reason to contest that. And because I won't contest that, I must also conclude that evil is insurmountable as a result. While we may at times expend the effort to 'do good', we will never shed from ourselves, individually or collectively, the tendency to do evil when it is most expedient for us.

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