GOD and EVIL


Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is impotent and not the God of Christian doctrine.
Is God able to prevent evil, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent and not the God of Christian doctrine.

The reality of suffering, even of evil actions,
has historically been seen as God's tool
to drive us back to his pathway,
or to punish our sin.
Can this be so?

The existence of evil and suffering therefore seems to deny
the veracity of the God of Christian doctrine
and of the Gods of most other religions.
To make sense of Evil and Suffering
requires a revised vision of God.

Yet we need some form of God to which, or whom, we can relate.
We need such a God to have human characteristics of the finest kind,
things we can look up to, depend on, value, maybe even emulate.

But maybe we can settle for a less physical description of divinity.
Maybe we can discard the Christian humanised Trinitarian formula.
Maybe we can discard "His" or "Her" and settle for "It".
Maybe we can discard "presence" and "might"
to settle for a form of divine "reality"
with an indescribable nature.

Maybe we can see God as Spirit
investing humanity, and maybe creation,
with a presence which leads us
to the better life and nature,
that Jesus portrayed.


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