Is God willing to prevent evil but not able?

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  • Acetek
    Lv 4
    1 month ago
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    god does not exist

    Is god willing to prevent evil but unable?

    Then he is not omnipotent.

    Is he able but not willing?

    Then he is malevolent.

    Is god both able and willing?

    Then whence cometh evil?

    Is he neither able or willing?

    Then why call him god?

    -- Epicurus

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because people choose to be evil and not follow the rules of God.

  • Saad M
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Certainly God created good and asks creatures to do it, unlike evil is forbidden to do so. Good is rewarded by being multiplied by 10 up to 700 in the hereafter, on the other hand evil is punished pure only once with the return of rights to others. Thus, a believer has a very appreciable place compared to a disbeliever. 

  • 1 month ago

    God uses evil for a greater good.

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  • Prince
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    In the Panarion by Epiphanius of Salamis, Jesus Christ tells us that He "came to end all feasts of blood" yet we see China arming today, building up a huge naval fortress of the China Sea and sneaking Nukes into North Korea aboard coal trains. The CIA country report on China doesn't tell everything. We see Iran acting as a front for Hezbollah, genociding the children of Aleppo flying the Hezbollah flag. And we see millions of people calling themselves "Christians" murdering billions of innocent animals and eating meat. 

    Source(s): Gospel of the Ebionites
  • yesmar
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Correct, sort of.  God would rather that evil not be part of creation but the desire to have a relationship with free moral agents necessitates the risk.

      Evil will eventually take care of itself because it is self-destructive.

  • 1 month ago

    This old chestnut again! It's been asked hundreds of times on here and the answer to this Theodicy Q (plagerised from Epicurus) is the same. It's a non-sequitur.  A – Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.  That is not a sufficient basis for identifying God (or anyone else) as malevolent. Epicurus doesn't account for God having a higher purpose or reason to allow evil. He seems to presume that a benevolent God would swoop down and stop ALL evil, or render us unable to do anything bad. Thus Epicurus presumes God's function is to stop evil and doesn't account for freewill. Human beings don't know everything, thus our ability to judge whether or not the evil is justifiable is suspect. In the end, we can’t rule out that God has a morally sufficient reason for allowing some evil to exist.

    B – Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?  That’s a different sort of non-sequitur. There is no obvious relationship between the first question and the second. That is: assuming that evil has an origin, there is no reason to believe that origin is different for each of these cases. Yet Epicurus fails to define what evil is. He needs to clarify that before he can say anything!

    The answer is simple: God is both able and willing, but that has no relevance regarding the origin or the continuation of evil. God has, on occasions, demonstrated His ability to stamp on persistent evil but has always waited a long time first, to allow people to repent and to be spared His wrath. But guess what – people who hate God then accuse Him of being unjust in stamping out persistent evil!

    It is God’s will that all evil will, eventually, be removed from the cosmos, but in His way, at His time, to settle issues of good and evil once and for all. He triumphed over evil on the cross, but those who walk in darkness cannot see that. The battle has actually already been won. Satan is a dead demon walking. Not that people who hate God will listen to that.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    He has the power to do so, but chose not to do so when He created humans with free will, the right to choose our own behaviors, good or evil, and to live eternally with the consequences of our choices.

  • 1 month ago

     Nope since it does not exist outside of the religious mindset  In all truth

  • 1 month ago

    God's Son's are Lords of this world and no they are not able at this point and time.

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