The latter has no content in the sense that God without creatures would be a power-to-do without any doing, as in an omnibenevolent
being with no one to love.
The mere mention of the concept 'God' (Murray and Rea, 2008:6), and the mind construes an Omnipotent, Omnibenevolent
and Omnipresence entity who created the world ex nihilo.
that God is mandated by his omnibenevolent
nature to always bring about
He is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnibenevolent
Hick makes an appeal to the "positive value of mystery" in justifying suffering: On the one hand, suffering despite an omnibenevolent
deity boggles the mind; on the other hand, it brings out character traits of "sympathy" and "compassionate self-sacrifice" (Hick, 2010: 335-6).
One of the essential teachings of Judaism is the belief that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent
But possessing maximal attributes entails contradictions: God must be omnipotent but also, because omnibenevolent
, unable to do certain things.
Eventually Christians would discover that our omnipotent and omnibenevolent
God allows evil and cannot directly cause it, and thus we now distinguish between God's active will and his permissive will.
A: In principle, there are cases where an omnibenevolent
, Omniscient dictator could come in and fix the market and make it better.
The attempt to resolve the dilemma of positing the existence of an omnipotent, omnibenevolent
creator while recognizing the presence of evil in the world has engaged philosophers and theologians for millennia.
Theodicy is the attempt to reconcile the omnibenevolent
God with evil and suffering in the world and is a rather crucial part of how we engage with our spiritual life.
But it is hard to see how God, as an omnibenevolent
being, could fail to will His own self-actualization since this is a good that does not conflict with any other goods, and is in fact entailed by every possible array of goods, since God's actuality is the ground of all possibility.