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Anonymous asked: In philosophy we've been studying the problem of evil and I think that people often miss the argument. To the person who asked about free will- the problem of evil stresses an inconsistant triad. If there is evil in the world, God can't be omipotent, omnibenevolent and omnicient. We've already established that with free will in the mix, God can no longer be omipotent because as long as you are free to act as you wish, he doesn't have power over you. (continued in next ask)
(continued) While the problem of evil doesn’t argue against the existance of God, it asks you to question the characteristics of God, particularly the characteristics of the christian God. The most powerful argument that I’ve come across against the problem of evil is that God makes up for the evil one has experience in the world, when that person goes on to the afterlife. However this is not a justification for evil, it is compensation for evil and many feel it is not satisfactory.
I agree that I don’t find it to be a satisfactory answer. By the guidelines of the Christian god it is not a requirement to suffer agony in life in order to get to the afterlife. It is unjust and if god is unjust, why would he be worthy of worship? It would make him an imperfect being. Some people have nothing but suffering nearly their entire life, but they are told by Christians to chin up because things will be all better when they die, that is vile and disgusting.