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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

Since God knows everything, He would have known how much suffering would eventually come into this world. Why didn’t He stop the process before it all got started, and save His creatures from all of the pain that would befall them?

The questioner seems to be saying that what God should have done is figure out how things were going to go if he proceeded as he wanted to, and then having seen what would take place, decide to scrap the whole enterprise.  Apart from the fact that this presupposes that God is endowed with...


If the world was created by all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving God, why does he permit evil, pain and suffering in nature? Why does he allow disease, parasites, brutality, handicaps and natural disasters to persist?

Ultimately, I cannot claim to be able to provide the reason God allows such things.  Short of a revelation from God Himself (which I’ve yet to receive), the best I can do is offer what might be called a “just-so story”, which is a scenario that, for all we know, could be true (in that it does...


If God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving, why does he PERMIT starvation, child molestation, rape, torture and genocide? And telling us these VICTIMS suffer because of an inherited sin committed by Adam and Eve does not suffice!

While much of the previous answer applies to this question as well, the wrinkle one now has to confront concerns why God allows as much of the evil that he does rather than eliminating at least some of it once he sees it rearing its ugly head. Part of the reason, it seems to me, that God permits...


Your all-powerful God created the devil and evil - simply to set up "the fall." He did this KNOWING that most souls would ultimately suffer eternal punishment. You call this a good God? I call it evil.

On the polite assumption that that you are interested in an explanation, instead of an argument, here are the facts. It is true that God is all-powerful [Matthew 19:26]. It is true that God created ALL [Nehemiah 9:6].  It is true that God created whom we now refer to as Lucifer [Ezekiel...