posted on May, 10 2008 @ 04:27 PM
Can God be "good"?
If God is all-good, benevolent, then it implies on of two things:
Everything God does is automatically good and perfect, no matter what it does
God only acts in a morally perfect way
With the former, God could not be immoral even if it tried. Whatever it done would work the maximum amount of good because god's actions would be the
definition of perfectly good. God has no choice in this matter - it is perfect, and there's nothing it can do about it! The second option sees god,
as a perfectly-loving being, utterly incapable of doing anything that is bad or wrong, even though it would otherwise be possible for it do to them.
In both cases, unfortunately, it appears that God does not have a choice in its own morality. A good God can literally not choose to do the wrong
thing. It is impossible. This makes God amoral, and not morally good, in the same way that any automaton with no moral free will is neither "moral"
or "immoral", but amoral, as a computer is neither moral or immoral even if we program it to always do the right thing. Because there is no free
will, there is no way to assert that God is moral.
That the idea of a perfectly good god contradicts itself means that it is impossible for a good god to exist. An amoral or immoral one could exist
though. The evidence on this page on suffering, pain and the unsuitability of the universe for peaceful life is rather a big hint, however, that God
is not amoral, but is actually immoral and sadistically evil. Of course it is completely more obviously the case that there isn't a god of any kind,
but if there was one, it wouldn't make sense to call it "moral", it'd have to amoral at best.