Theodicy 2 - THEODICY How is God related to the existence...

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THEODICY How is God related to the existence of evil?
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The Challenge of Theodicy God is loving and good. By definition, God does not want evil or suffering. God is omnipotent. By definition, God can control all of existence. Therefore, God could have created a world devoid of evil and suffering. Thus: God does not exist, God is not omnipotent, or God is not loving and good.
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How can suffering be understood while preserving God? Traditional answers try to find ways to preserve God’s sovereignty. POWER=CONTROL: Power and Control Wheel, p. 16 Traditional views reflect insistence on equating divine power with control. “If God is man, then man is God.” Support views whereby innocent victims suffer justly at the hands of a divine-ordered maintaining of control.
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Suffering and evil are part of some greater harmony or plan that we cannot perceive. Evil isn’t truly evil, it is a long-term good we don’t see. Suffering and evil are punishments for sin. God inflicts divine judgment on people who are not faithful. “The Elect”?
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