People cant rightfully be held accountable for evil when they dont know right from wrong. If you dont know right from wrong then you are bound to be wrong most of the time no matter how hard you try to be good. And all throughout history "good" people have done horrible things in the name of righteousness. There evil was not their faults because they didnt know right from wrong. How can you be good if you dont know what good is? So if it isnt our faults then it has to be gods fault. Evil is an inevitable result of his creation so he is definately at fault for evil. This is very simple but i bet a lot of people will disagree because they arent smart enough to know right from wrong or whos at fault for what or what people deserve and their opinions on all of these have changed so much that the majority of people have to be wrong over 90 percent of the time at least. But they are trying to be good. If god told you to be good and then didnt teach you right from wrong he set you up for failure. In that case it is not you who failed but god who failed.
If you had no idea what a bad thing was, then how could you understand not to do something bad?
Even according to THE BIBLE the fruit that they ate gave them the "knowledge of good and evil." That alone shows that they had no idea what evil even WAS before they disobeyed him. Then God banishes them for disobeying him even though they had no idea that it was wrong to do! (Morality is based on the consequences of your actions, so how could someone who doesn't understand consequences obey God?)
Also if God didn't want us to disobey then he shouldn't have given us such high curiosity and make the fruit so tantalizing.
He created everything (according to the Bible) so he is accountable for it. Deny this and you are lying.
Also, quit making excuses for such a flawed character (God) and stop pretending that he is all perfect and great.
I always find this argument fascinating when it is brought to the attention of creationst theory followers. Logically, if God brought about the universe and it's existence in it's totality, then he brought about EVERYTHING INCLUDED IN IT. You aren't and cannot be afforded the luxury of claiming the universe as God's creation and then simply shirking off the responsibilities of the good and evil creations and tendencies within it. Free will in this equation does not solve this issue either, because if God is the omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent being that Aquinas and the (Insert Monotheistic Creationst Religion here) believe him to be, then God is perfect and all knowing and therefore knows ALL THINGS. That would include every decision you've made or will ever make, thus leaving the universe in a deterministic state. The logical conclusion to all of this then is that every good and evil, no matter the cause, is the responsibility of God because God is the cause of everything.
If God gave put us on earth with free will and no instruction on the concept of moral and immoral, he would be responsible for every moral and immoral thing that humans do. However, this wasn't the case. God told us what to do and what not to do and gave us consciences that help us to discern right from wrong and choose right. Therefore, we are responsible for the decisions we make with the free will we have.
When god created us (Adam and Eve) he created us perfectly. He gave them each other and the Garden of Eden. All was well until Satan lured and tricked Eve into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge, the one rule god set for the couple. The moment Eve bit that apple she let Satan into her heart. She and Adam realized their wrong and tried to hide from God. God banished Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, they went on to bear children which
God created everything both good and evil. He also gave man the knowledge to write the bible which is an instruction book on life. We are all born into sin some people might be ignorant to right or wrong because of there circumstances. God doesn't fail in anything he makes everything possible. Just because God puts one through hard times doesn't mean his love for all is wrong or non existing.
He gave us a gigantic book full of things we can and can't do. He sent us numerous influential people throughout history to guide us. He presided over the rise and fall of cultures and empires, each with their own unique values and moral standards. He has given us times of hardship to test or punish us, and times of peace and prosperity to reward us. He has tried to teach us. It's not his fault we refuse to be taught.
An all-powerful, perfectly good God must not exist, because if he did he would prevent all evil. There are two standard answers to this objection, both of which ultimately fall short. I will examine these answers first before giving what I think is a more complete answer.
The first answer deals with suffering as well as intentional acts of evil. Some suffering actually benefits us, and is therefore not incompatible with a loving, moral God. Physical pain teaches us our limitations and enables us to survive. When we touch a hot stove or fire and experience pain, we learn to avoid doing so in the future. Other forms of pain are the result of discipline, either from human teachers or from God himself, or are simply consequences of poor choices. Without these forms of suffering, we wouldn't learn to be moral, responsible people.
Other suffering can't so easily be viewed as beneficial, but there are reasons for it occurring. Some suffering (e.G. Disease and natural disasters) is the result of Adam and Eve's rebellion against God. Other forms of evil are the result of beings, both human and demonic, choosing to disobey God. Finally, it is noted that God is not passive with regards to evil, but deals with evil by bringing good out of it and ultimately punishing it and bringing it to an end.
The second answer is known as the free will defense. God created people with free will, meaning that we can choose to love and obey God or not. It wouldn't be very meaningful if we loved or obeyed God because we were unable to choose otherwise. A computer or talking doll can be made to say "I love you," but it doesn't have the same meaning as when a human freely chooses to love. Thus, in order for anyone's choice to love and follow God to be meaningful, God permits everyone to choose freely what they will do.
The problem with both of these answers is that the skeptic can ask in reply, "Why didn't God create a world in which there was no suffering or evil, instead of the present world?" Or in other words, why didn't God simply create heaven and populate it with beings who had free will but would always choose to love God and do good? There is no suffering in heaven; no one does wrong; there are no physical limitations that would cause us pain. There would be no reason for us to have physical bodies with pain receptors, for there would be nothing that could cause us injury. There would be no reason for us to experience discipline, for we would have all the moral knowledge we needed and would have no desire to do wrong.
God is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent. He has created us in his own image and by this powerful act of creation has imparted the free will and a discerning mind. The moral system is an innately embedded system which provides us guidance in order to choose the right actions from the wrong actions.
With the mention of God, I assume the Biblical God and thus the Bible is fair game for evidence.
When God initially created the Earth and Adam and Eve, God did not inform them of what right and wrong was. However, this did not make God evil.
First of all, God, being the all-powerful creator of the Universe, by definition defines morality (assuming Christianity is true). Because of this, humans, by definition, cannot call God "evil." Since God is all-powerful and since he did create everything, whatever God states is good must be good and what he states is evil must be evil.
Secondly, from a very practical standpoint, God is not evil because before Adam and Eve knew right from wrong, Adam and Eve were also free from sin. Since sin is knowing what is right and refraining from it (or knowing what is wrong and doing it anyway), not knowing what is right or wrong inherently frees any entity from sinning.
Third, God did not teach humanity about right and wrong. Humanity brought it upon itself when Adam and Eve ate from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. When they did that, the consequence of their action was that they were able to sin (since they now knew what right was and were thus bound to acting "right").
Everyone has their view of what is right an wrong. Whether you claim it is because of a god or because of basic instinct, everyone forms an opinion on right or wrong. The fact that those words exist clearly point to people knowing them and their differences.
The thing is, many people have different views of what is right, wrong, acceptable or even justified.
To a point, just about everyone accepts that killing is wrong. After all, they know they don't want to be killed so to kill must be wrong. That being said, most if not all people find justification to kill. We kill plants and animals to eat. Many justify killing someone else because they were about to killed by them. There are a number of justifications people use for killing and not all people agree with them. For instance, someone may justify to themselves that killing a certain person would be better for either themselves or someone else. Granted, others would probably find the person guilty of murder but to the killer, it was justified, at least at that moment otherwise they would not have taken the persons life. In other words, they would know right from wrong but still feel that they did the right thing.
Again, no matter if you believe in a god or not, you can't blame a god, or evolution for something mankind does. Sure, some religions have scripture that tries to justify immoral acts but even those where written by men, probably men trying to justify things they do by claiming it is their gods will.