HOME   People do good because they are human, not because they are religious! 

Do not give God any credit for the good they do, they did it!



To say there is no God because of evil is to admit that if there is a God and you are wrong that he is evil and filthy. It does not make sense to blame the creator and refuse to blame those who create the creator! If there is no God, then God is an idea invented by religious people collectively.

The answer they choose says a lot about them

Bad by definition means unacceptable. Good by definition means acceptable. Humanists and those who think like them would say acceptable means what is acceptable to the healthy minded person. Believers say it is what is acceptable to God that matters.
Moralists would change unacceptable or acceptable to mean morally unacceptable or morally acceptable. But the fact remains that not all good is moral. It is good for a flower to grow but that has nothing to do with morality. In fact without good that just happens there can be no possibility of developing a moral perspective. Good then matters and moral good does not if there has to be a choice between one or the other. Indeed the latter cannot exist if you reject the first anyway. To reject the first is to reject the second but to reject the second is not to reject the first.
So if you hurt a baby for nothing then it is more important that it is unacceptable than that it is morally unacceptable. When morality which is about rewards and punishment and what you deserve it is clear that the person who just spontaneously helps the baby is better than the one who does it for it is the moral thing. The distinction can look like splitting hairs but in fact the former person soars above the latter as high as Everest above the deepest hole on earth.
Evil is so despicable that it is right to assume that it is totally incompatible with goodness even if it could be understood in less stark terms. It is evil to disagree. To truly honour a God involves seeing him as the being who cannot bear evil. The argument from evil is usually seen as an argument against God and the most destructive one but it can be seen as an argument that respects the God idea so much that it refuses to say he in any sense uses or is okay with evil. If God could be honoured by being denied it would deny him for that reason.
You respect the idea of God and then "progress" to respecting God. Atheists might be the only ones who respect God after all!

Is it better to believe in evil or not?

If it is not, then does God imply we should believe and are better off believing?

This is what is going on inside the believer, "To find evil justifiable I need exceptionally good evidence otherwise I become evil for it is evil to take evil lightly. I degrade myself and the innocent suffering of billions. If I say there is a God I mean that humanity should be given the freedom to torment babies to death and that he is right to make terrible viruses which will afflict people. I agree with him so I share in his responsibility for evil. I should not the believe lightly or without very strong evidence for God. But who cares about the evidence right? No I want to believe and that is what really matters."

If that view goes with believing in God then God cannot be truly a God who wants you to love your neighbour.  Religion says love is sacrificing for the good of another.  If God is always doing what is best for us then even our sins somehow can be for the best thus there is no such thing as sacrificing goods for the greater goods. Religion lies that it really cares about good quality love that helps others and wants and needs nothing back.  God is a block to such love.

The argument that evil is a mystery and its God who condemns it claims that is enough to show that evil and an all-powerful God of love can agree.  It is not.  There are things done for reasons we cannot think of or have not thought of but that is not one of them.  If it is then the nation that kills babies for no apparent reason might have a justification after all.  It would not be as bad to condone the nation for it still does less harm than God!