Pete Crowther
Hull, East Yorkshire, England
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A Question Of Philosophy

Rating: 4.8
When evil strikes
In fire and flood
Or untimely death by dread disease
We sometimes wonder “What of God? ”

The ancient Greeks
Long before us
On this very same question reflected.
Wise Epicurus put it thus:

“If God is willing but not able
Such evil to prevent,
Call Him ‘God’ still, if you will,
He cannot be omnipotent.”

“And if He’s able but not willing
Such evil to prevent,
God He may be, but I say
He is malevolent.”

“If God is able and willing, too,
All evil to prevent,
Why in the world should pain and death
Afflict the young and innocent? ”
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Marcondes P 25 June 2016
Your poem is beautilf and reflexive! I guess that neither God knows what he can does with his own liberty. He is eternal, but sometimes, due to the world's happenings, he is more confuse than us humans beings.
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Ben Gieske 21 November 2007
Very nicely phrased. I think that living means always pursuing the answers to the questions we keep on asking.
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Robert Howard 26 July 2007
The problem of evil clearly stated. Perhaps there are multiple Gods; some of which are good and some evil. I think when people talk of Satan or the Devil they are really talking polytheism even if they recite the Nicene creed.
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Linda Ori 24 March 2006
I agree - read my poem 'Compassion'. Makes you wonder - but I guess it's for God to know and for us to learn the lesson. Linda
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Anna Russell 22 February 2006
Lovely to read and great subject. For those of us who are not blessed/cursed with unerring faith, this just says it all. Hugs Anna xxx
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Liz Munro 04 November 2005
I'm not a churchie person re: God and stuff. But a very good poem. Liz.
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RoJa Mitchell 13 July 2005
your poem was a good technique and it´s true what you wrotte.... i used to ask the same question, but know i know why there´s pain and sorrow and poberty for many young and inocent people..... have you heard that God it´s saint and we are all sinners? ? well sin (huge sin like killing someone and 'small' sins, like telling a lie or gossiping) they all have consequences, so pain and poberty is the consequence of ona men´s sin (desobedience: Adam) and our own sins......
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A. B. 23 May 2005
Good one peter. I sometimes ask the same question too, , . Stuff like that, , , makes me a lill skeptic on God's existence.
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Rita El Khoury 05 May 2005
Nice thought... Sometimes occurs to me. Guess I'm not THAT weird then...
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Rita El Khoury 05 May 2005
Nice thought... Sometimes occurs to me.
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