The Epicurean Paradox

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The Epicurean Paradox

Is God willing to prevent evil, but unable?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
The he is malevolent.
Is he both able, and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God.

~Epicurus (Greek philosopher, BC 341-270)

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I asked God about this, about him being omnipotent. He told me what about child abuse? do you think I have anything to do with that? How bout theft? God delegated authority to man,
God is able and willing. However he gave the earth to man and man gave it to the devil. The unseen world of thoughts and feelings (the kingdom of the air, or the kingdom of heaven) is now ruled by Lucifer. Legally all men and mans possessions are in the hand of Satan. Sin gives him this right. He now can excersize authority through the legal rulers of the planet, i.e man. When someone is cleared from the guilt of sin (by Jesus blood) then they are able to say no to sin present in their fallen carnal bodies. The current spiritual governor is put down by this then mans spirit becomes alive by Jesus blood and Gods word and can rule the unseen air kingdom (thoughts feelings, spirit) again instead of it ruling him. The statement by this man shows ignorance of spiritual law and only considers God. There are other authorities and they have rights. Soon though God will make a final judgment and wipe out all enemies. I asked God why he allowed the devil here. He told me that he did not invite the devil here. Then he told me that the devil was like termites or mold. He gets rid of the trash. He's no problem for those trusting God, he only makes the "trusters" stronger. You can't see this without love in your heart, the light came into the world and the darkness perceived it not. (did not understand it)
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