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Published:December 4th, 2009 17:13 EST
Unraveling Theodicy part II: God the Deceiver

Unraveling Theodicy part II: God the Deceiver

By Sean Beelzebul

In part one of the series we criticized the common theodicy which blames Satan for the evil in the world. We found this could not be true, because Satan would then be as powerful (or more) than God and would go against the very definition of God and his omnipotence. The problem of evil does not stop there. In fact there are many other common excuses for this problem. Today`s example of evil will shift from the natural disasters explained in part one to the actual psychology of evil " people. Today`s theodicy will be the common answer that without evil in the world there could be no conception of Good.

The main problem with this line of reasoning is simple: what is good " and what is evil "? For the sake of argument, let us suggest that murder is evil and that saving lives is wholesome and good. So, according to the current theodicy, we need murderers in the world to know the good. This is ridiculous on many levels: First off, we do not need criminal murderers in the world. Secondly, what is biblically classified as murder is so often ignored by Christian and Muslim soldiers and peace keepers " that this Commandment of thou shall not kill " has been broken in a hypocritical fashion on a large scale. Third, the commandment itself is flawed, it leaves no room for self-defense, and self-preservation where given the circumstances its lawful to harm another being to protect oneself, one`s family, etc. And lastly, if good is defined as not evil, not a murderer (in this example), then what nation of peoples really lives up to this ideal?

The ideal of Good is never achieved. Based on the Ten Commandments, it`s safe to say that our imperfect species can never truly live up to these ideals in a global sense. So everyone is evil to some degree. The problem of evil only grows worse through the current theodicy we are assessing. Evil becomes the essence of humanity`s imperfection, and good " becomes a perfect ideal so far removed from our ordinary lives. In the existential philosophy of religion (Nietzsche, Sartre, Heidegger, Jaspers, etc.), "good` and "evil` are replaced with new values, namely, "good` and "bad` wills. In reality, according to these philosophers, human beings simply have strong or weak wills. The will is that which determines what actions (meritorious or lowly) people perform. There is no good reason for the weak will! A strong will, is hard to come by given the state of the world it is in today, why is this so? The weak-willed of today are often Pauline Christians, Extremist Muslims, and even American Buddhists, who have inherited their thirst for existence and cravings for the material world through improperly ascribing faith in false dogmas. Unfortunately for the free-thinking, free-spirited, boundless strong wills out there, whether Christian (obviously ignoring Paul), Buddhist or Nietzschean "it`s an uphill battle against a veritable hell on earth of weak wills!