A new wager?
Let us weigh the possibility of a benevolent, all powerful God against the possibility of there being a supreme evil. Then, let us consider the consequences.
If you are a typical Christian or Muslim, you must admit the following logic:
- God is, by definition, omnipotent, benevolent, and omniscient.
- The devil is described as being created by god.
- The devil must therefore have a finite amount of power.
- The devil is also, by definition, superemely evil and malevolent.
- Benevolent beings oppose evil.
- Malevolent beings are sources of evil.
- God is opposed to the devil.
- God can eliminate evil completely and immediately.
- Whatever the end result of suffering is, God can bring it about by ways that do not include suffering.
- So God has no reason not to eliminate evil.
- So God has no reason not to act immediately.
- Evil persists.
- Therefore the devil is more likely to exist than God.
- Lies are a form of evil.
- The supreme evil is the devil.
- The devil is the supreme liar.
- If the worst lie is the conception of a false god, then its source is the devil.
- Since the devil is more likely to exist than god, god is more likely the ultimate lie.
- Anyone who worships God is more likely worshipping the ultimate evil.