Yahweh Can’t Exist as Described
One of the major problems that adherents of the Christian faiths have to contend with is the existence of evil and suffering in the world. To this date I have yet to hear a satisfactory answer from any theists on why evil and suffering exist in a world that was supposedly created by an omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent god. I believe that there is no good answer to that question and the failure of Christians to come up with one goes a long way to proving their version of a deity can’t exist—at least in the way that they define him.
Here is a little story for you. My wife and I have a few cats. One of those cats is eight years old and was diagnosed two weeks ago with kidney disease. In short, our cat is not doing well. She has a vet appointment on Wednesday from which she may not come home from… My wife and I have decided that we will not prolong her suffering to satisfy our own selfish needs of not wanting to part with her. If the vet feels that we can turn this thing around and manage it then great…if not…
When we think about evil and suffering we often look only at fellow humans. Animals also play a role in this. If “god” is an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent creator, why do we have animal suffering? Why would an omnibenevolent god create this cat with the omniscient knowledge that it would suffer and die young? Further, that the suffering of the cat would cause pain and suffering to its owners (my wife and I)? The answer is that any omnibenevolent deity would never allow this situation to occur. There is no “good” in this story. The Christian will often run to the poor cop-out of “god works in mysterious ways”…I call bullshit. Christians also try to argue that suffering makes us stronger and “ready for heaven”. Again, I call bullshit. My cat doesn’t need to prepare for anything and neither my wife nor I will come out “stronger” because of this. We will continue on with life and that is it. The list of poor reasons provided by Christians is quite long…I call bullshit on all of them.
The only way an omnibenevolent deity could allow this situation to occur would be if he were NOT omniscient and/or omnipotent. The same goes for all suffering. Either he does not know it exists (is not omniscient) or may know it is happening and is powerless to intervene (not omnipotent). If he is both omniscient and omnipotent, then he cannot be omnibenevolent. There is no way around this problem for Christians. The fact is, they have never provided a coherent and logical response.
The god Yahweh, cannot possibly exist in the manner and definition that his believers claim. This one problem, which apologists have failed to answers for years, is all it take to remove this deity from existence.
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