Is He All Good?

He is good. He is benevolent. All knowing and all powerful, He is the creator of everything that exists. He is eternal and omnipresent, transcendent and immanent. Omnipotent and omniscient, there exists no force greater than Him.

But if He is the reason for everything that exists and He is essentially all that is good, how is there evil in the world at all? There is death and suffering, misery and pain, deception and fraud. How? Attempts have been made to show the compatibility of Evil with the notion of Him. To justify how despite of evil in the world, He is still only good.  To justify the existence of evil in a world made by a perfectly good Him. But we ask, can the two actually be compatible? If evil exists, either God created it or not. If He did, He cannot be said to be all good, and if He didn’t that would imply a power which is greater than Him. Truth be told, as soon as we make the two compatible, we take away either from His goodness, His omniscience, His omnipotence or from one of His other attributes which make him perfectly good.

To those who say evil results from the misuse of human freedom, we say if He is omnipotent and omniscient, humans do not have that freedom.  To those who justify the evils of nature, the floods and famines and earthquakes as a punishment for the moral evils committed by man, we say what blasphemy! They are calling Him a vengeful and whimsical being who is seeking revenge by punishing the innocent. To any attempts given to trivialize evil, we give them instances of how the bad break the rules and still flourish while the good continue to suffer and toil.

So then, what if He is not good after all? What if He is only Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent? What if He is The Satan Himself?

-Shruti Slaria

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