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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christian Eschatology and The Problem of Evil by @apetivist

Christian Eschatology and The Problem of Evil by @apetivist



Note: When I refer to Yahweh I do not mean to suggest that he actually exists but for the purpose of thinking these problems through I assume he exists for the sake of argument.

According to Christian Eschatology there will be a New Heavens and New Earth.

Revelation 21:1;4: "Then I saw 'a new heaven and a new earth,' for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea...'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away"

The question is if Yahweh could make such a world then why did he make the former world where there was suffering/evil? Why not avoid all the unnecessary suffering and jump to the perfect situation in the New Heavens and New Earth? If Yahweh were omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, and omnisapient then he clearly would have done so.

What was there to gain in not doing so? It is illogical and inhumane of Yahweh to not have done so in the first place. If Yahweh does exist then I am left with no other conclusion that it is a malevolent deity and unworthy of adoration.

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