seeds wrote: I get around the problem of evil because to me there is no such thing as “evil” as if it were something you step in and can’t get off your shoe, or some dark and malevolent (otherworldly) virus that can infect a person’s soul.
No, I view evil as the consequence of “low consciousness” (i.e., the varying levels and degrees of the purposely designed somnambulistic state of humanity) and the actions resulting from it.
I get around it based on my personal belief that the balance of human focus and attention must always be tilted toward the corporeal (material) aspect of our current situation, as opposed to the transcendent aspect of our impending destiny.
As I clearly pointed out to you in the Einstein thread (linked below), humans simply cannot be allowed to know of the certainty of God’s existence, which means that when it comes to what lies beyond the threshold of death, we must always experience a degree of doubt. (https://forum.philosophynow.org/viewtop ... 15#p336360)
And as I stated in a slightly modified quote from yet another thread...
And the point is, Belinda, that it is precisely your concerns regarding the existence of suffering and evil that cause you to doubt God’s existence which, in turn, helps to ensure the proper tilt of the aforementioned balance of human focus.seeds wrote: ...besides the unfathomable size of the universe and the incredulousness in thinking that a singular living entity could create and control such a vast dimension of reality, what is the single most obvious reason that causes humans to doubt God’s existence?
It’s because she allows everything that we assume that a loving (and all-powerful) Being would (could/should) eliminate if she truly exists and truly cares about us.
Now I do not mean to seem uncaring or cavalier about human suffering.
However, unlike you, I view our current status as merely being a “womb-like” situation wherein we each momentarily exist in a fleeting (“fetal-like”) prelude to a second and final birth into a higher context of reality where all of the confusion and suffering that we are presently experiencing will be ended.
So then, Belinda, with all of that being said, I need to ask you a question.
And the question is that if you were God, then what would you do differently?
And please don’t give me some vague response that amounts to nothing more than...
“...Well, if I was God, I certainly wouldn’t allow any suffering to take place in the world that I created...”
No, give me a specific and detailed list of what you would actually do or change with respect to the way our reality works for us.
For one simple example of what I am getting at, would you end the process of the shifting of the earth’s tectonic plates that in turn cause earthquakes which, of course, cause suffering?
Again, give me a list of what you would personally do (if you were God) to end suffering.