I saw this quote on someone's(the person has 20 mutual friends with me and therefore it was recommended by Facebook that I request friendship with the person – hardly interested in being challenged) who says pro-God "rants" aren't welcome:
'Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then 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
Who thinks Epicurus was infallible with this? I hope no one.
Is God willing to prevent evil but not able? No. Is he able but not willing? No. Is he both able and willing? Yes. Then whence cometh evil? It comes from yours and you. He is also both compassionate and forgiving. In order to wipe out evil, he'd have to wipe out everything less than perfect. Who among us doesn't qualify as less than perfect? Is he neither able nor willing? Asked and answered.
If Epicurus was suggesting that God instantly think everything into perfection, then where would freewill and individual thought reside? All would be one but without the choice to choose righteousness and to know it. You may think you can rightly conceive of the situation where you are instantly perfect, believe you chose it (although God planted it in your brain), and know why. To know though, to really know, is to go through it and to merit it (even merit God's forgiveness – beyond comprehension?).
Are you able to prevent evil but not willing? Some of you are; therefore, according to Epicurus, some of you are malevolent. With that I agree. Of course, I'm referring to individually stopping ourselves by choosing not to go along with whatever temptation to evil. I say that because Jesus teaches us his version of the Golden Rule that is his New Commandment – something Epicurus wasn't around to hear regardless of whether he would have grasped it had he been.
Some my take this as bragging. It is not. I've been known to be a dullard. I'm waking up. I am repenting and repentant. Credit goes to the Holy Spirit. I know that is difficult for some (seemingly impossible) to comprehend, but they need to admit that there are things they don't know. I would not have come to say what I did were it not for the movement of the Holy Spirit.