expert wrote:Some evil IS caused by the misuse of free will, I will give you that. But what about natural disasters, birth defects, diseases and so on... they indiscrimantly affect innocent and good people. I believe the traditional argument goes something like this:
Is God capable of preventing these evils, but not willing? Then he is not benevolent. Is God incapable of preventing these evils? Then he is not omnipotent.
ok. so it's not that god will not ever intervene. because that would make the whole thing worthless, just creating us and letting us be. yes natural disasters and other things is of course caused by god. and the reason it affects good people and bad people is because if it only affected the bad people then what would be the point of a test? i mean if somebody did a bad deed and got instantly punished for it then everybody would believe in god anyway and people will always be good.
and for the good people the adversities would remind them of their lord and test if they are willing to do the right thing and stay in the right path however hard it maybe. but it does not mean that everybodys life should be full of sufferings and if you aren't suffering then you aren't in the right path. because everybodys test is different dealing with a different aspect of their lives with some things being common for all. and their test may also be hard or relatively easy. for example a handicapped person has many hardships that i don't have to face. but that would make him less liable in other situations than me and i would be held more responsible for particular things than him. like maybe i have a better oppurtunity to spread the message. so i would be asked about it more than him.
and we believe in after life and that it is our true destination and our main infinite life. we will be rewarded for any hardship that we may have gone through in this world proveded that we stayed in the right path.
as for your argument:
god is definately capable of preventing evil but temporarily won't unless it reaches extreme stages and the people have exhausted all the chances given to them for rectification. the fact that actually makes him benevolent in this situation is that he doesn't punish these evils right away but gives them numerous oppurtunities. and the good people may suffer but they will be rewarded more than they deserve in the afterlife. so that doesn't make god unfair.
So God would give cancer to a 5-year old child just so he can test the faith of its parents? That's pretty mean if you ask me. I thought God is supposed to be benevolent
i hope i already made this clear.
Think of the implications of this sentence. When an airplane crashes for some reason, should we just say, 'don't worry about it, it's just God testing us'... or should we demand that a commission of scientists from the aeronautics bureau figure out what the failure was and how to prevent it from happening in the future.
I would rather live in a society where the latter happens
no we shouldn't just stand there and do nothing. we should of course look into it and try to prevent it. because we are always encouraged to help people as well as we can even if he is not a muslim or is a bad man.