Is God Willing To Prevent Evil, But Not Able?

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Life is not easy. The three fundamental questions people often ask are “Where do we come from?”, “Where we going?”, and “What are supposed to do in the mean time?”.

We also need to find out what the goal is for this life. According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, the goal of this life is to live a good life. A life with all of our needs fulfilled. What does that good life look like and what are the means to obtain it? Social goods are one important thing in our lives and the best way to acquire it is by talking to a good friend. That is best done by using Straight Talk Promo codes from with a plan that lets us talk as much as we want to, send as many text messages as we want to, not get locked into a 12-month or 24-month contract and just pay a low flat fee month to month.

But the problem with living a good life is that there is pain and suffering. It interferes with our health and pleasure. It causes physical and emotional pain. Every person has a position on this because everyone has suffered pain. When deciding which position to take on this issue, it is important to compare other views with our view.


Epicurus is often attributed with this quote but there is no direct evidence that he actually said, “Is God willing to prevent evil but not able? The 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.” but conspicuous by its absence is his own position on evil. How does he respond to it? It must be the best position, otherwise, he would choose another position.

God and Evil

Epicurus (341-270 BC), the famous Greek philosopher and founder of Epicureanism is also well-known for his “Epicurean Paradox”. You might be surprised that he mentions God. Actually, most Greeks believed in a plethora of gods and demi-gods, while at a philosophical level, there was some vague notion of a supreme deity.

Epicurus was not an Atheist, he just opposed the idea of an omnipotent and benevolent God, because he could not accept that, while God is good and omnipotent, somehow there is evil in the world.

First of all, where does evil come from? If God is the creator of everything, he surely must have created evil. But how and why did He do that, if he is indeed benevolent? In Monotheistic religions, Satan is the creation of God, a rebel entity. That is understandable, but then, why does God not stop Satan?

While evil might be a prerequisite of freewill, there is always the problem of suffering. Wrongdoers’ deeds are not just religiously and morally wrong because this is written somewhere, but because their actions cause suffering to innocents.

So should not God’s responsibility be to protect the good from the bad?

If God is not able or not willing to stop evil, this challenges not only the goodness and almightiness attributed to Him, but the very concept of a supreme deity. This is because goodness and almightiness are part of God’s definition.

Without them, He would be just a supernatural being, like Zeus, for instance, or any other Ancient God, and not the Creator, the Merciful and the Almighty Being billions still worship.

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