“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
I have had many conversations with proclaimed atheists, and the all seem to describe or argue something similar to the above quote.
“If there is a God and really is good, than how can there be so much bad/evil in the world?”
“How can a loving God send people to hell?”
The purpose of this post is not to solve the evil and suffering in the world issue, I am simply writing this to maybe shed a little light on the topic…
Dark vs Light
Does darkness exist? It does not
Darkness is merely the absence of light. When light is not present, you have darkness. If you light one small candle in a black as night room, the whole room will be illuminated. Darkness seems to flee.
If you were to stand in a dark room, open the window, get a bucket, and start trying to bucket out and remove this darkness from the room, it will not work. Darkness cannot be expelled or removed, because it does not truly exist.
Good vs Evil
Does evil exist? It does not
I would argue that like darkness, evil does not fully exist. Evil is the absence of good. Evil is only made manifest when goodness ceases to exist.
The atrocities that take place on a moment by moment basis all over the world, happen because the absence of good.
Does free will exist? It does
Free Will exist, that we are all given the ability to choose for ourselves. It is,
There is an active decision process made to believe in something. One is an atheist by choice. It may not have been a monumental moment in time where the personal realization came of becoming an atheist. Many times it is multiple small instances that carve the path to atheism.
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.
One cannot say there is no God. There is a fundamental reality of humanity, we all serve a god. Our God’s may look very different, but they are god’s nonetheless. My God loves so much that He has chosen to give you the choice to believe in and follow him.
You might argue that if God is real and He loves, how can he send someone to hell?