God’s Problem Notes
Bart D. Ehrman
-Is it not sick to think that God set up a world that not only allows, but requires him topunish, kind of like the
Marijuana Tax Stamp Law
in American history.-Can all 3 of these statements be true at once?1.
God is all powerful.2.
God is all loving.3.
There is suffering.-Quote: “
If God is all powerful, then he is able to do whatever he wants, therefore able toremove suffering. If God is all loving, he obviously wants the best for his people, and therefore would not want them to suffer. Yet people suffer.
”-Some deny one or the other of those statements, from reading these some explanations:1.
Rabbi Kushner explains that God’s hands are tied, and so he is the one to standaside you and give you the mental strength you need to endure the suffering;therefore God is not all powerful, therefore the Judeo-Christian God is not God.2.
Elie Wiesel expresses that his anger toward God is how God has treated hispeoples, and argues he is
all loving, therefore, not God.3.
Still some argue “there is no suffering.” I quite frankly disagree with this andbelieve it is bizarrely disconnected to the real world problems of today.-Some argue that his people have violated law or have gone against his will, as theHebrew Bible explains, and he is bringing suffering upon them to force them back to hiswill; as long as it is the wicked that suffer I support this theory, but as you can obviouslysee, this is quite obviously not true. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.-What about the wicked that prosper at the sacrifice of the innocent who suffer?-Epicurus’s old questions:1.
Is God willing to prevent evil but not able? Therefore he is impotent.2.
Is God able but not willing? Therefore he is malevolent.3.
Is he able and willing, thence evil?-Quote: “
A world in which American farmers are paid to destroy their crops and most American’s ingest far more calories than our bodies need or want”
-Look into the French philosopher’s book