Throughout the Old Testament, and all around us today, we see what we would call evil things happening. Whether it’s God’s wrath upon a group of people in the OT or a tsunami killing thousands of people along a coast, we struggle to understand why things like this happen in the world. Reading the bible as literature opens us up to a wider variety of interpretations of the text, and brings to light more seemingly contradictory sections. Although God may seem to be combating evil throughout the Old Testament, he may in fact be the source of all evil in the world.
A simple definition for Theodicy would be a justification or defense of God and the power he has. It is difficult to ascribe any one particular nature to God, as he can be different things to different people at different times. For Moses and the people he led out of Egypt, God was not their savior, but the one being they feared the most. It is through these stories and God’s actions throughout the Old Testament that we can know how God himself is the source of all things evil in the world. It may seem like a risky accusation, but God has shown multiple times throughout the bible that his actions are easily questionable. Also, it is only logical that if God is the source of everything that exists, that he is the source of all evil, since evil exists just as good exists. No, I am not saying that good and evil are the same thing, but they can both be ascribed to the same thing from different perspectives. It may have seemed right for God to impose the plagues on Egypt, but to the people of Egypt, it was probably one of the most evil events they had witnessed in their lifetimes. And it’s obviously not difficult to cite the many other instances of God’s (most likely) unnecessary and unrelenting punishment and torment of his followers (flooding the earth, destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, or incurring the emotional torment of telling a father to sacrifice his own son.)
What we hope to impress upon our audience is that God, while being the penultimate example of good and righteousness, is also (as any omnipotent character must be) the source of all bad things that happen. He is the ying to his own yang. It’s important to realize, of course, that without the comparative value of good, God would not seem at all evil; but since God does seem to be the source of all beneficial things and all things good and virtuous, it is necessary to observe that he is also the vice of humanity at times and that if he is to fulfill his roll in omnipotence, he must be seen as the source of exposition for all things and for the reciprocating actions of all people (for without a cause, there can be no reaction.)
We also plan to explore the mentality and possibly the emotion behind why God does/says/instructs the things that he does. Why is it he tells Abraham to sacrifice his own son simply to test his faith? Why does he flood the entire earth to wipe out what, practically speaking had to be, a “bunch” of evil-doers?
We hope to leave the reader educated and entertained with new thoughts and views on the “lord” as a dynamic, developing character, as opposed to the best thing that ever happened, whom has no reason to learn because he makes no mistakes.