The Omni Paradox

"Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way." - Christopher Hitchens

The Omni Paradox is a continuation of the Epicurean Paradox put forth by the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus and deals with the problem of evil in the world. Let's quickly define the words above so that we have a common understanding of what the Omni Paradox is. The word "omni" comes from the Latin word "omnis" which means "all" or "universally". Something that is omnipresent means that it is literally "present in all places at all times". Paradox refers to contradictory conclusions based upon accepted logic and reasoning. God is frequently described in "omni-like" terms. For most religious people, they never give any meaningful thought as to what this means, so let's examine this concept.

1. God is All-Powerful (omnipotent)

2. God is All-Knowing (omniscient)

3. God is All-Good (omnibenevolent)

If we were to try and define "God", we would likely use these three characteristics to describe Him. Does God fit all three of those statements? Is He perfect? Does He have any limitations? If we could show that God is not all-powerful, would that change our minds as to what He can accomplish? If God was not all-knowing, would that wash away the perception of God having a plan for each of us? If God was not all-good, would the admiration and love heaped upon Him seem misplaced? If God couldn't fulfill these 3 concepts, would you still consider Him God? Let's apply a few real-world scenarios to these statements and see how this impacts our perception of God and His capabilities. Once we've looked at these cases, we'll review some of the common arguments against them.