Why J.L Mackie Influenced Me Essay

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Out of all of the philosophers that we studied in this class, I think that I gained the most knowledge while learning about J.L Mackie. His main philosophical discovery was the Problem of evil and how the fact that evil exists questions the existence of God. The problem can be stated very simply: If God is so good, why is his world so bad? If an all good, all wise, all loving, all just, and all powerful God is in charge, why does he seem to be doing such a miserable job at it? Why do bad things happen to good people? The problem has two basic formulations, one is deductive, the other inductive. The deductive form of the problem asks the following question: Is the existence of evil logically compatible with such an untouchable, omnipotent being?J.L. Mackie wrote a very convincing piece on the problem of evil called "Evil and Omnipotence," in which he attempts to show that one of the following statements must be false in order for them to be consistent with each other.#1. God is omnipotent.#2. God is wholly good.#3. Evil exists.After all of the research I did on him I personally came to the conclusion that God does in fact exist. Although Mackie himself doesn't come to this conclusion, I came to the conclusion myself that he must exist. Evil will never be abolished. Since the beginning of time, the temptation to go against the common good, or at least against what is "right" has come up in the minds of everyoneThe whole debate revolving around this issue is the fact that evil shouldn't exist around the presence of an omnipotent being who in turn should be able to prevent such actions. But the truth is that evil does exist and it is likely brought upon by St. Lucifer, who is also known as Satan. God gave everyone free will and when Lucifer chose to go against God, he did not stop him because he was within his rights.-Evil does exist naturally-God shouldn't be blamed for the bad decisions of humans"The problem of evil is the most serious problem in the world. It is also the one serious objection to the existence of God. No sane person wants hell to exist." More people have abandoned their faith because of the problem of evil than for any other reason. It is certainly the greatest test of faith and also the greatest test of a person's commitment to their beliefs. For the sake of this argument, let's just say that God is present and that he does truly exist. A serious question that needs to be addressed is: Why must the human race blame God for the imperfections that individuals choose to make? I think that it is fair to say that evil only arises through the power of personal choice. Debatably, human beings have the right to their own free will and the choice to side with evil is just as easy as it is to side with what is right. This being said, it seems unreasonable to argue that because an omnipotent figure supposedly exists, human choices are secondary to the fact that God should be there to prevent such evil. Chaos in the world shouldn't be blamed...

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