Fr. Meslier asks why wouldn’t it be better to have Heaven onEarth in the first place: we would then have free will and a guarantee not to do wrong! No need exists for free will and soul-building as John Hick clamors.
He uses the straw man of all or nothing and the slippery slope to inveigh against a better environment for us on Earth. But we rationalists find that that boomerangs on thiests, because the same would be in Heaven! Nelson Pike adumbrates many pages in ” God and Evi l” to illuminate why we would be robots had we that guarantee, but then the denizens and God Himself would be robots!
This is no argument of hobgoblins of little minds for consistency!
Meslier eviscerates all defenses and theodicies with this argument whislt Alvin Plantinga abjectly fails to eviscerate the logical argument from evil with his argument from ignorance of the unknown defense argument!
To prattle that He has unknown reasons and His ways are so different from ours betrays morality and -reason! That would mean that we only think that we know right from wrong, turning morality topsy-turvy!
To aver that God’s nature is good begs the question of His nature in order to obviate the problem for the divine command theorist to overcome Plato’s Euthyphro that either He commands what is independently right of Him or else He could make rape right!
Thus, we rationalist objurgate all defenses and theodicies for exonerating Him of grave evils! It is incumbent upon theists then to try to overcome this devastating argument, which they cannot do!
We animals’ conditions are important whilst His onerous need for a relationship with us is nothing whatsoever!
Might does not make right!
We gnu atheists mean business! Furthermore , where is the evidence for contra-causal free will [ free will without any cause], Heaven and Hell outside any scriptures?
I never consider the future state! Does He exist is the question for me?
No! That He would be omniscient,omnibenevolent and omnipotent and permit evils entails a egregious contradiction and thus incoherency of these attributes such that He could not exist, affirming ignosticism!
And in the Eden myth, Yahweh entraps the original two, who if free will is so important should have had knowledge of right and wrong in order not to partake of the fruit, but then again, that tree was of entrapment as He knows beforehand what would happen! Here we the problem of our free will, and His foreknowledge of the future enters the scene of questions. Many state that He does indeed know what we will do but that knowledge imparts no determining of our acts.
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” Logic is the bane of theists.” Fr. Griggs