Does all the suffering and pain tell us anything about the nature of God?
I went to a talk the other day and the guy set out the logical reason
why, although there is evil and suffering in the world, God is actually
good. Thing is, you can do the reverse...
'Here is Adam Deen's argument for the good of God switched into the argument for an evil God. Same logic.
Free will: Evil god gave us free will, so we sometimes choose to do good, even though evil god hates it. And free will also allows us to be morally responsible for evil acts, which evil god loves. He could have made us into puppets that only do evil, but then he would not have the pleasure of seeing us choose evil. To maximize evil, evil god designed us so that we can perform evil acts from our own will.
Character-destroying: Why does evil god create some beautiful things? For contrast. To make the ugly things look uglier. Why does evil god make some of us unusually healthy and wealthy? To make the suffering of the sick and poor even greater. Why does evil god let us have children that love us unconditionally? So that we will worry endlessly about them.
First order goods allow second order evils: Some evils require certain goods to exist. For example, jealousy could not exist without there being someone who has something good for your to be jealous about. Evil god had to give some of us good things so that the rest of us could feel jealousy.
Mystery: Evil god has a plan for how all the apparent goods in the world will ultimately lead to maximal evil, but evil god is so far beyond our reasoning ability that we cannot understand his plan.'
That above was set out by an athiest. Seems logical.
Is God good or evil? Does all the suffering and pain tell us anything about the nature of God?