The solution to the problem of evil


We are, because the world is what it is, and not that the world is because we are.

It must have been Einstein who said he has been able to see far by stepping on the shoulder of giants and the same can be said of any one who has made mental progress by drawing from the accumulated knowledge of the race.

So one wonders if some Christians and religious apologists start always by inventing the wheel. Do they think their balderdash is so original? Is it so hard to try and find out what others have said on a particular topic before you add your 2 cents?

In there is no god, an attempt is made to resolve the problem of evil and the theist is confident he has solved the problem for all time.

It cannot be stated enough that Epicurus wasn’t trying to disprove the existence of god. His whole thesis is based upon the conception of god as good and in the final sentence asks why call this thing god if it can’t do anything we would expect from a good being. If one could conceive of a god that isn’t good, then Epicurus question is defeated before it can walk but no religious person thinks of their god as being anything less than good.

But I digress. I know you are waiting for the final solution to the problem.

And the answer is

Does evil exist?  It does not

And some added information

Does free will exist?  It does

Free Will exist, that we are all given the ability to choose for ourselves. It is, free and independent choice or a voluntary decision.

And if you didn’t know

One does not simply stop believing in God.  In fact, even atheists at the core believe in a god, whether it is themselves, another person, an institution, a system, or even a set of beliefs.  All of humanity cling to something.  All of humanity worship something.

and finally if you should so find yourself in the other place, remember

Just as a good and loving parent would enforce consequences on a disobedient child, so God does the same.  God has given us options, by having options, He has given us the ability to choose.  If a parent does not punish it’s child due to disobedience, that parent is not a loving parent, they are instead enabling a self destructive attitude. By not helping to teach their child that there are consequences, both good and bad to every decision.

and that my friends is unassailable logic. You can’t beat it, I can’t even if I tried.

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

24 thoughts on “The solution to the problem of evil

  1. john zande says:

    I like his “darkness does not exist.” Some people really shouldn’t have access to the interwebs….

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  2. “In fact, even atheists at the core believe in a god, whether it is themselves, another person, an institution, a system, or even a set of beliefs.” My counter to this idiotic statement is that no one believes in gods. Deep down, all people know this is it. In foxholes men scream in agony and terror for a god that doesn’t listen because it doesn’t exist. We all know this, especially christians in foxholes who worship an abusive, psychotic, made-up deity such as theirs.

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  3. tildeb says:

    It was Newton… for those who might want to know… and he was referring in large part to Galileo.

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  4. Ain't No Shrinking Violet says:

    Another fine post Mak! I found his reprisal of evil/darkness and light quite interesting. At least it’s a novel approach…nonsensical maybe, but novel. Probably broke his brain to come up with that theory! I wonder where he got the idea about how every atheist worships *something*? I suspect he’s never really spoken to one.

    At least he doesn’t think atheists are demon possessed…that can only be a positive thing for our image. 😉

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    • makagutu says:

      Vi, you are generous. That guy is lazy.

      I don’t think he has spoken to an atheist or even met one. I think he has done all his thinking for the entire month.

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  5. Barry says:

    I do agree with him on one point. Darkness is the absence of light. I’ve always thought that. It’s simply an absence of electromagnetic waves between 400 and 700 billionths of a metre. So in one sense darkness doesn’t exist. It’s just a name we have given the the perception of little or no light.

    If he wants to move the analogy of light and dark over to the concepts of good and evil, and it makes sense to him, then by all means let him do so. It seems a reasonable world view if it’s restricted to to the deeds of humankind. However one would need to be careful on what is meant by “good”. Good and evil certainly don’t apply to the natural world.

    I can see a problem with that concept of good and evil if one accepts the deeds attributed God in the bible as being factual. If God is good, then the genocide and plagues he caused are also good. On the other hand if genocide and deliberately causing disease is evil, then God is at least capable of being evil.

    I don’t know if he takes a literal view of the bible, so I’m not going to make a judgement call on whether or not his concept of good and evil are applicable to God.

    But as to him thinking that atheists at the core believe in a god, all I can say is “Huh?”. Even if I was to take his statement that all of humanity worship something as being true (which I don’t), that doesn’t necessitate a belief in a god. The definition of atheism is a lack of belief in god or gods. It seems that he thinks there’s no such thing as an atheist. If so, he’s very much mistaken.

    As to his idea that hell is a place for correction, I see a problem. It’s supposedly where one goes for eternity. There’s no opportunity to redeem oneself. It’s the equivalent of locking someone in a cell and subjecting them to torture every day for the rest of their life. Now that would be evil.

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  6. Ron says:

    Does darkness exist? It does not

    Does evil exist? It does not

    The god of his holy book disagrees:

    “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7 KJV

    And submit they’re both wrong: the absence of good is indifference, not evil.

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  7. Poor believers. They think everything is black and white. It’s either good or evil, light or dark. If you make them read their book by candle light at night you’d think they would catch on. Anyone that states human experience as binary has not one clue what they are talking about or is lying to you.

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