The reason there is evil in the world is because God loves you
July 16, 2014 § 34 Comments
There is a discussion at Bruce Charlton’s Miscellany about the “problem of evil” that some folks might find interesting. Bruce ‘solves’ the problem of evil by denying God’s omnipotence. I linked to my own take on the POE from 2006 here (which I also explained at VFR in 2003), and we had the following combox exchange:.
Bruce Charlton wrote:
I think that if you apply that line of reasoning it will take you somewhere you do not want to go. It is close to the fatalism of the other major monotheism.
The discussion is closed off, and nothing can be questioned – our job is to submit.
You are seeing Fate where I see Love.
It isn’t fatalism to accept reality as it actually is and logically must be: to accept non-contradiction. It isn’t possible for me, my actual self, to personally be here at all without my logical/metaphysical preconditions.
God loves me personally so much that this world was made literally just for me. All of the evil in it is “my fault” in an existential sense: I could not be here without it. Nonetheless God accepts all that and redeems me, and the world, because He loves me (us) that much – personally. Evil is a terrible affront to God, and indeed to all good creatures. But God tolerates it and redeems the world from it for my (our) sake – personally and actually, not as some abstraction of other creatures similar in some ways to us that he might have made (and perhaps even did make).