Monday, February 18, 2008

Is it or Is it not?

You meet a dogmatic diplomat who asks Does God Exist? You got to reply in such a way that you shouldn’t divulge your opinion…

1. We come to know about something because we have allowed it to be known.

2. When we deny that some thing (say A) exists or is valid, that means that we are reaffirming some thing else (say B)

3. Assume that something is god or the idea of God that has lived through ages

4. So God can neither be denied nor accepted. An open question…

When a thing is denied, the very denial involves something not denied


Centuries of human thought have pored over why is there evil when there’s also god. Why does god kill innocent children in an atrocious crime that they haven’t had the slightest idea about? Above all, why does god scare us with his wrath?

Greeks weren’t the first ones who delved into this divine aberration; but they did have some interesting answers.

Epicurus (341 BC – 271 BC) is known for this argument:

1. Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.

2. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.

3. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?

4. Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

There are two bases for this argument: god’s will and ability. God may or may not will; and is able or not able. These combinations question a quality or consequence.

Considering this, my belief in god is bordering on disbelief.

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