It is difficult to believe in a perfectly good God.

To begin, the statement is ambiguous from opening with the idea of believing in a God who is perfectly good for surely if God is perfectly good then millions of people since the dawn of life have been believing in such a being so therefore to say it is difficult is far from correct if so many have done so before? Yet, I think the real question is whether God is ‘perfectly good’ for multiple evidence can point against such as the inconsistent triad which states how it is impossible for all three points of the triangle to be true such as omni benevolent, omnipotent and omniscience however I will discuss further on in this essay. I hope to set out that it is difficult to believe in a perfectly good God as there is so much evidence to support God not being good, or does God want us to believe that? Lets find out.

Within the old testament, it can be agreed that God is not presented as good with regards to anger and hatred as well as natural disasters. So where did it change that this jealous and angry God soon turned a new leaf and became loving and became fortunately good enough to be labelled as these omni qualities that show so much. Yet, the reference to having a previous angry God surely shows that at a moment in time, God was not all loving as he would have showed passion and support towards his creation rather than bringing suffering and pain towards a creation that showed such faith in God. Or was this a test of faith by God? As despite the arguments, God works in ways which humans cannot comprehend and therefore the attempt to understand cannot be done due to the impossibility of justifying such a powerful beings thoughts and thought processes. Surely, a supremely being as described as omniscient meaning all knowing has the knowledge to administer pain if required for a certain outcome? Or does this defeat the idea of a perfect God because pain is not good? But is realising the perfect outcome from causing suffering what makes God so perfect; God is able to make these decisions which humans cannot meet as OK due to the logical misunderstanding between humans and God.

Next, one can make reference to the Euthyphro Dilemma. Although this sounds like a confusing concept, it can easily be broken down into logical steps. Basically the Euthyphro Dilemma argues whether something is morally good because God commands it and therefore runs arbitrary to the original ideas towards God as God could then command murder as good but surely this is wrong. Yet, the word of God is much greater than creation itself so would this then cause a universal disruption which leads to everyone killing everyone. Leaving only the non believers to rule. Then again, a believer could argue it is in fact leading the faithful into death where they may be reunited with God for God may see a natural disaster or sign of moral evil( Evil committed by humans) which will cause creation to become unfaithful or turn to sin and so by claiming murder as good, God could be warning humans? Despite this being a claim that is surely not true, Gods still seen as a perfectly good being and so such a command could be the sign that God is doing best for creation and if believers can believe in God being good,then surely it is possible to believe in a perfect God as no matter the command, Gods word is seen as the end all, largely due to the perfection which is placed upon him.

The next part of the Euthyphro Dilemma is where God commands it because it is good. This links into God being perfectly good more easily as if something is good and God commands it then he is only commanding the goodness which is purely running throughout the command and God. This meaning there is a morality of objectivity which God is bound to obey allowing only goodness to be commanded. Seems perfectly good right? Well, if this is true then surely God is not perfectly God as it suggests God himself does not intrinsically know what good is and therefore cannot be omniscient. Yet still commanding the good shows omni benevolence and omnipotence?. Is this where the inconsistent triad comes into it as perhaps it is impossible for God to be perfect. God can only do two of the three triad points at a time. So, this points to a non perfect God which clearly people are believing in thus proving it difficult to believe in a perfect God as if God isn’t perfect then the belief is in fact not in the perfect God but the nearly perfect God. Leaving it very difficult to believe in such a perfect creator as it is obvious that for God to be perfect, there would be no negative criticism for God would be this perfect being which everyone knows and so the brute fact people don’t believe in God shows how God cannot be perfect otherwise we would all believe.

Or, are humans therefore to blame by taking advantage of free will which separates the realm of ideas(perfect place of God and perfection) and our material world(transitive and decaying). Meaning that despite this reference to Plato, Plato was onto something by saying the greatest thing we can instil knowledge into was knowledge of these forms as we cannot experience them in our material world as the perfect form of particulars such as beauty or goodness would lose it’s intrinsic value. So, is this the same with God? Is God only perfect in this ideal realm where only perfection exists, as by creating this material world, it gives humans chance to view God as not perfect or believe in a perfect God and just trust ones opinions. This therefore explains why it is so difficult to believe in a perfect God as when God is able to interact with our world, God himself loses perfection as we as humans are not capable of such perfection and so the purity of goodness becomes changeable and God cannot act as perfectly as hoped. Proving that it is actually difficult to believe in a perfect God.

However, I bring upon a final argument that despite all this which points evidence away from a perfect God, there are still millions who believe in a perfect God otherwise the general concept of God would not exist or bring such divide in opinions as there are still people who completely believe in a perfect good God who only acts as necessary, God is just to complex to fully understand and so trust has to be placed. For example in Genesis 1- the quote ”God saw all he had made and it was very good”. Orginally God created this ‘good’ world, but by adding material matter which changes, it loses goodness and this perfection that was once instilled as for there to be a perfect goodness in our world, it must not change and be universal but our world is transitive and generally subjective in opinions so God is perfectly good but it is just our world which demands certain changes that can simply not comprehend the idea of a perfect goodness. Despite God being perfectly good, it is the world which is at fault.

So, yes it can be difficult to believe in a perfectly good God as shown through this essay for our world does not have perfection as it is simply not possible is a decaying world but this is still no reason to believe God is not perfectly God. God can comprehend perfection in an unchanging realm and act in the material realm only when necessary, it is up to humans to simply trust in faith and that a perfectly good God is there with omniscience, knowing when the right time interact will come. It is simply a matter of faith, that is all. Nothing more than an idea that grows in the mind, what’s so difficult about that?. Simple.

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