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An Omnipotent, Omniscient, And Benevolent God

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We serve an omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent God. He created us all in his likeness giving us dominion of the earth and knows our every move before we even make it. Yet in the in the midst of the Garden of Eden, evil entered into our world. Christians have come to ask how is it that the God who has created everything allow evil to enter into his creations. The answer is not to blame God for letting sin in, for it is through us as humans who were given free will to make our decisions, evil entered creation. We have come to terms that our free will has a brought evil into the world but we still have questions about this evil and our will that need to be answered. For instance why would a God who is all knowing give his creations free will, if He knew with that free will His creations would bring evil into this world, and have to provides grace and mercy for His creations who are doomed without Him. A fourth century theologian and philosopher St. Augustine of Hippo is able to explore and articulate such questions of how evil and the free will are intertwined that have perplexed Christians.
In his treatise “On Free Choice of the Will,” Augustine tackles the question overarching question, “Why is there evil in the world since God is its creator and is supposed to be perfectly good?” It starts from the very first line of the treatise with Evodius, a student of Augustine asking him “isn’t God the cause of evil?”(Augustine 1) for in Evodius’ mind if God created everything and
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