The problem of evil

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Student’s Name: Institution of Learning: Instructor’s Name: Course Name: The Problem of Evil Some events in nature are mutually exclusive and the presence of one event implies that others cannot exist under similar circumstance. Such is expected among competing forces in which the most powerful force is expected to thrive over other forces and this forms the basis of the problem of evil that relates to the existence of evil and its associated suffering in the presence of God’s power that is believed to be supreme and omnipresent.


A number of intellectual opinions have explained impossibility of existence of both God and His powers, and evil and its associated powers and suffering. Two sets of elements, three about God’s power and one about evil illustrates mutual exclusivity between the power of God over evil and the persistent existence of evil to develop the controversy. God is, for example, believed to be super powerful, present at all places and at all times and knows everything that happens on earth and in heaven. This means that evil occurs in God’s presence, against his powers, and with His knowledge. Consequently, existence of evil casts doubts on the three properties of God (Beebe 1). Similarly, if God has knowledge about existence of evil and the suffering that evil causes, He knows how to control evil power and has the capacity to control, and then existence evil would mean that God is not as good as He is expected to be. Also, if God wanted to control evil but does not, then it would mean that His power is not as sovereign as it is thought to be. ...
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