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A philosophical question faces Christians and in fact all theiststhat challenges the belief in G-d To theists G-d is an omnipotent perfect God He isgood Theists accept this and embrace it for how else can they worship G-d and givetheir lives to Him unless He is good However n this world evil is constantly seen allaround us Because G-d is the author of all things in this world and he is good theistsmust then ask themselves what evil is and where it came from Augustine sets up anargument I his Confessions that attempts to define evil and in doing so he explains itsexistence To follow this argument it is important to realize that Augustineaccepts some basic precepts regarding G-d and His creation To begin with G-d is theauthor of everything Augustine says nothing that exists could exist without youG-d 12 G-d is the creator and source of all things Again when Hemade the world He did not go away and leave it By Him it was created and in Himexists 412 Nothing in this world exists apart from G-d Also G-d is in controlof everything in this world Everything takes its place according to your law17 Augustine clearly sets forth that G-d is the creator and source of everything Notonly is He the source but he is the reason for its continued existence The next stepAugustine takes regards the nature of G-ds creation For Augustine G-d is good because everything He made is goodYou are our G-d supreme Good the Creator and Ruler of the universe 120and again Therefore the G-d who made me must be good and all the good in me isHis120 Everything about G-d is good There is no aspect of Him that is lackingfalse or not good These characteristics are in turn transferred to His creationYou my G-d are the source of all good16 However Augustine makes animportant distinction regarding the creation of good and evil
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