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Greg Welty rejects Plantinga’s idea that God cannot create a world containing moral good and no moral evil, and raises the objection that God brought Christ into the world as a sinless human being.
Welty’s point here is that every human being could have therefore been sinless and the world could contain good and no evil with significantly free human beings that would not commit wrong actions.
I have a similar objection to Welty’s. Within my theodicy, I reason that God could have, if he wished, made significantly free human beings, or human like beings who would have been perfectly morally good and would not commit wrong actions. God’s choice not to create such beings, in my mind is not a sign of a lack of power, or moral failure, but rather the use of his own perfect and significantly free will for good purposes.
March 10, 2014
Note as well, the angels of God not fallen are deduced to be significantly free and have not committed wrong actions (Revelation 12).
I reason significantly free beings can made perfect, holy and good gaining knowledge of good and evil and do not choose evil and do not require the option to choose evil.
Therefore, fallen humanity as is and the atonement and resurrection work of Christ as applied to those chosen and elect in Christ is part of God’s sovereign plans. As is the culminated Kingdom of God with the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 20-22).
PLANTINGA, ALVIN C. (1977)(2002) God, Freedom, and Evil, Grand Rapids, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
PLANTINGA, ALVIN C. (1982) The Nature of Necessity, Oxford, Clarendon Press.
PLANTINGA, ALVIN C. (2000) Warranted Christian Belief, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
WELTY, GREG (1999) ‘The Problem of Evil’, in Greg Welty PhD, Fort Worth, Texas.Philosophy Department, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, http://www.ccir.ed.ac.uk/~jad/welty/probevil.htm