If the God of Christianity is loving and all powerful, why is there evil?

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    A perfectly good, all-powerful God would not allow all of the suffering which humans have had. The amount of suffering we go through is immeasurable. For instance the tsunami in Asia that killed almost a quarter of a million people in 2004, Hurricane katrina that ravaged New Orleans. Those are natural tragedies, but alot of human anguish is brought on by human evil. Evil happens because people can choose. A perfectly loving God would not give humans free choices IF we choose to do evil. It's a bit like arming a criminal. Now this is totally hypothetical, but if you knew your neighbor would go out a shoot up his entire block, killing numerous men, women, and children, would you give him the option to acquire a gun? There's plenty of murder, kidnapping and rape across the world. Drunk drivers constantly play "chicken" with oncoming traffic and end up slamming their cars into others, killing families at a time. How many kids die each day in Africa due to hunger? and the genocide in South Africa? And the list could go on and on. Biblegod could have eliminated all the human evil by creating us that we only choose to do good actions. Would you give your kid the choice to play in traffic, if you knew he was gonna get killed? How can biblegod be thought of as good, if he gave us the freedom to choose, but we abuse it? It's like giving a monkey a gun, now aren't you to blame if he kills someone?
     
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    Because Good can't exist without evil. They are Coexisting principles. If there was no evil, there would be no good because there would be nothing to differentiate what good was.

    See, the beauty of God's plan is it already factors in everything you've mentioned. If someone dies, they will live again. Doesn't matter how they die, we will all be raised in the resurrection to a state of Immortal glory.

    Do you ever lift weights? Did you know that when you lift weights you are actually breaking the muscles down? You see by putting them through adversity, they grow stronger and are capable of doing more.

    Now, you could choose not to lift weights. But would you reach your potential strength?
     
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    HE really doesn't fit in a box, ya know....
     
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    Now there is a decent answer, thank you. I will rep you for that.

    I don't see the good in that. I mean, if everybody subscribed to that beleif, murder wouldn't be murder because the person isn't really dead, they're all going on. Avatar, when you turn your car off, does the engine continue running in some alternate universe?

    I don't follow that analogy. Let me get this right: you're saying that biblegod is basically putting us through the grinder so we can be good? Please clarify.

    George Bush could've chosen NOT to invade Iraq. Or the biblegod could've stopped him without infringing upon George's fw. Biblegod could have given him a heart attack and stopped him dead in his tracks. Nobody would suspect that its a divine trick as heart attacks are really common.
     
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    Kal, seriously, dude

    You're attaching human reasoning to an entity that is so far removed from our reality we can't attempt to fathom Him.


    Kinda like an ant trying to guess why that huge thing (we call a shoe) came from the sky and killed 18 of his cousins.
     
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    Maybe, but if you can't understand something, why worship it then? If Christians' God can pass scrutiny and one offers me logical and rational evidence, I'll think about joining up.
     
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    It will never happen in a message board, brother.
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    The real question is, "Why is there evolution"?
     
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    Light cant exist w/o darkness
     
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    Because if you could determine the existence of God using logic alone, there would be no need for faith. And God wants our faith.

    Other than that, God does not answer to us. He has the plan, he knows the plan, and he gives us what he wants us to know to further the plan. We either have faith or we don't. That's the only test.
     

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