Free Will and the Problem of Evil
Two of the thorniest issues for monotheistic thinkers down the centuries have been those of the apparent inconsistencies between, on the one hand, an omniscient and omnipotent god vs. "free will" and, on the other hand, between an omnipotent and omnibenevolent god vs the existence of evil.
If god made everything, and knew exactly how everything would turn out, and had the power to change any detail both before and after the creation, then free will is completely illusory, and we are all nothing more than puppets in god's show, staged for himself.
If god is all powerful and all good, then there should be no evil or suffering in the world.
Attempts to answer these have varied widely, but never succeeded in discharging the objections satisfactorily.
But we've all heard the most common modern answer repeated like a mindless mantra, over and over.
Someone - I'm not sure who was the first - decided that these two logical stumbling blocks to the monotheistic worldview could somehow be eliminated by turning them against each other, a feat of apologetic legerdemain that holds water like a sieve, but has nonetheless become the standard response monotheists to both issues.
In fact, neither of these is a satisfactory response to the other in any way.
Free will cannot be anything but an illusion if god had the knowledge and ability to change any detail of how his creation would turn out.
And if god could set it up so that some humans would exercise their free will to follow his commands, or believe his fairy tale, or whatever it is we're expected to do to stay on his good side, then why couldn't he set it up so that all would have the moral strength, or vision, or faith, or whatever qualities those who are acceptable in his sight have?
If those who accept him do so without any compromise of their free will, then all should be able to accept him without any such compromise, if god chose to set it up that way.
All of the faith and prayer in the world
All of your dumb show and circuses
You know it's a lie, it'll always be a lie
The invention of an animal who knows he's going to die