"It is impossible to belive in a God who is perfectly good" discuss (10 marks)

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Kieran Podbury
St Benedict's Catholic School
"It is impossible to believe In a God who is perfectly
good" (10 marks)
Many people argue that the God of the Old Testament is not particularly good. He can be jealous and
angry; he appears to have favourites; and he often commands and encourages killing. Richard
Dawkins, in The God Delusion describes the morality of God as `obnoxious'. He writes, `the god of
the old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction'. In the Old Testament there
are a number of bible passages about God punishing people in what we would see today as inhuman,
how can a god be perfectly good if he does these awful acts? "God tested Abraham and said to him,
"Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of
which I shall tell you." This is the story of Isaac in Genesis 22 it shows god as a killer yet he himself
gave the commandment to humans "Though shall not kill". This also shows that God can become
angry (as in the story of Noah), can a perfect being ever become angry and perform acts when he is
angry effecting his decision, what is the definition of perfect? However Peter Vardy outlines that
"Reason and morality normally go together but, just occasionally, it is possible for a love relationship
with God to cause someone to do something which goes against society's accepted norms. It may call
one of us to leave mother and father, brother and sisters for a higher love... In the Christian life,
lived as part of a love relationship with God, it is just possible that this relationship might call an
individual to act against what appears to be rational, reasonable and understandable.' The counter
argument to this is simply faith, God is testing his faith, for him to enter heaven which is seen as the
ultimate good he must prove himself, this isn't evil is necessary . Also God didn't allow Jacob to go
through with it showing that God didn't want to be evil he believed it was necessary
As outline in Genies 1 God created everything including evil "God saw everything that he had made,
and behold, it was very good" yet today evil is taking place, how can God be omnipotent,
omnibenevolent yet not act when he sees all the suffering going on in the wold today, seeing his
people that he made in his image starve and live In poverty how can he see his creation being
destroyed by the use of fossil fuels? Evil is the absence of God but god know all, he knows evil is
taking place, if he was perfectly good he would intervene and stop evil, this is the main reason I
believe why most fail to comprehend any form of God yet alone a perfectly good one. However it
again could be argued that we are not puppets for Good he has given us free will and the way we act
on this earth will affect how we are rewarded in the next. God created the world, he managed to
create something perfect, it wasn't God who created evil it's the lack of faith that created evil. God
created a perfect world he created us, that's perfect, If someone cannot comprehend that then it's
their loss.
Miracles show Gods perfect goodness on earth for example in John 9 Jesus healed a blind man "he
spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him,
"wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means "Sent"). So the man went and washed, and came home
seeing". However these miracles are not believed today even by many Christians, it is not
conceivable that a fish and some bread can feed 1000 people; this brings me onto my next point. It
can be argued that it is impossible for some humans to comprehend what perfectly good even
means, we are so stuck in our world that we cannot perceive something above us something that
makes not mistakes that always makes the correct decision.

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