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Argument Against William Rowe's Article On The Problem Of Evil To Prove That An Omni X God Does Exist

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The question of whether or not an omnipotent, omniscient god exists despite the existence of "pointless" suffering is a very controversial one. In this essay I will argue that such a god does in fact exist by arguing against William Rowe's article on the problem of evil. God exists and is an all-powerful, all knowing, and omni benevolent being. God created our world, and has reasons for everything that occurs in it including suffering.William Rowe's Argument does not say that there is no god, but rather that an all-powerful and all loving god does not exist because of the existence of "pointless" suffering. His argument against the existence of an all powerful and loving god is set out in three premises:1.There exist instances of intense suffering which an omnipotent, omniscient being could have prevented without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil equally bad or worse2.An omniscient, wholly good being would prevent the occurrence of any intense suffering it could, unless it could not do so without thereby losing some greater good permitting some evil equally bad or worse.3.There does not exist an omnipotent, omniscient, wholly being (Rowe, 230).One should agree with the second premise because it is a correct statement (Rowe, 230). It is true that if an omnipotent, omniscient god existed he would prevent pointless suffering. However, the first premise is incorrect, which causes the conclusion that such a god does not exist to be false. The first premise is incorrect because "pointless" suffering does not exist.It is true that suffering does occur in mass quantities and on a daily basis in our world, but "pointless" suffering does not exist. God has reasons for everything that occurs whether or not we as humans can see or understand them. God has justification for suffering as well even if we think that there is none. It is arrogant for humans to even think that we could understand the reasons that God has for suffering. If a human being thinks that simply because they cannot find any legitimate reason that God would have for suffering that they can conclude that there is no all loving god, then that human is wrong. Being able to know and understand all that God does would put human beings on the same level of understanding and logic as God, which is impossible since human beings are certainly not omnipotent, omniscient, or omni benevolent. It is unreasonable to think that we could possibly understand God's reasons.Although many instances of suffering exist that appear to be "pointless", there is indeed meaning in even the cases that seem to be the most "pointless". God is concerned with the happiness and well being of all of his creatures. He therefore has good and loving reasons for allowing suffering. Instances of suffering that appear to have no meaning, or if there is meaning the reasons do not seem good enough to allow the suffering, include allowing a child to suffer or allowing a deer to suffer alone before it's...

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