Theodicy is the name given to reconciling the existence of God as a divine, benevolent, omnipotent being with the existence of evil. The existence of evil appears to contradict the existence of God. If an all-powerful, all-good being existed, then why would they permit evil in the world? The existence of evil must confirm that God is either not omnipotent, not benevolent, or non-existent. Theodicy attempts to answer the basic question of why God permits evil.
Theodicy supports the existence of an all-powerful, benevolent God
The study of Theodicy effectively defends the existence of a benevolent, omnipotent and omniscient God.
Anything God creates is imperfect
Anything that is not God is by definition imperfect.
Evils are reckoned with in the afterlife
Just because God does not eliminate evil in this plane of existence, does not mean God has not eliminated it in other planes.
God understands outcomes in the way we cannot
God, in his omniscience, knows the outcome of everything. It is possible that he permits some evil acts because to prevent them would incur greater evil or prevent greater good.
Theodicy concludes evil does not exist
Evil as morally bad acts does not exist.
We cannot see the benefit of “evil” acts
We perceive acts as "evil" only because we cannot see the benefits in them. In reality, these acts are not evil, but are actually "good".
Evil is merely the absence of good
What we perceive as "evil" is not evil but the absence of good.
Theodicy concludes God has ordained evil
God is the divine creator of all earthly phenomena. Evil exists on earth. Therefore, God has ordained evil and allows it to exist.
Humans have free will
God gave us free will. God accepts evil as a necessary consequence of human free will.
We need evil to see God’s love
Without evil, we would not be able to see God's love.
Evil is part of God’s plan
God uses evil as a divine tool. God has a plan. Once he has realized his plan, he will eliminate evil.
God needs evil for an authentic relationship with humanity
God needs evil to offer an alternative to his love. Without a viable alternative, humans cannot choose God's love.
Theodicy supports the existence of the devil
The only plausible explanation for the existence of both God and evil is the existence of another potent spiritual force that creates or encourages evil.
Evil and good are two opposing principles
God is all-good. Therefore, God would not create evil. The existence of evil points towards the existence of another divine being with the power to create and promote evil on earth.
Theodicy cannot escape the nonexistence of God
Theodicy never manages to fully reconcile the existence of God as an omnipotent, benevolent and omniscient being with the existence of evil.
Evil and God are incompatible
The existence of evil is fundamentally incompatible with the existence of God.
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