“A good God will not allow people to suffer.”

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Theists believe that God is perfect because the bible states he is. According to Gordon Reid, the Old Testament portrays God as “the holy one, the creator of all things, the all powerful, all-knowing, eternal God of love, grace, morality and truth”. However, as an empiricist and an atheist, Hume uses his inconsistent triad to highlight the issue that an omnipotent, omnibenevolent God would not create an imperfect world, where evil and suffering take place, "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?". Hume saw the natural disasters that we observe in our world as signs of faulty workmanship: something that the perfect Judaeo-Christian God would surely not allow. Dawkins argued against the idea of a perfect God, describing Him as a “malevolent bully”.

Mill, however, recognised that it is not possible for an omnipotent and good God to have designed the universe as nature still takes human life and deprives people of their livelihood, but he suggested that God still could be morally good, provided he is limited in power.

While it is possible that a morally good creator could exist with limited power,

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