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.    It has become painfully obvious to me that there is no One in charge here.  There is no supernatural Court of Appeals.      Someone suffers a grave illness or injury.  Dozens of people offer up hundreds of prayers for healing.  Sometimes the person recovers.  Sometimes the person dies. Recovery is celebrated as a miracle, as proof that God exists and that prayers are answered.  Death has to be rationalized:  "It was God's will."  "It was her time."  "He's in a better place now."  "Heaven has a new angel."  It's the ultimate win/win situation for faith.      Some who would credit God for recovery, blame death on the devil.  Good comes from God, evil comes from Satan.  Most of these folks say their beliefs come straight from the bible, but in truth they are cherry-pickers.  They will only cite the verses of scripture that agree with what they already believe.  They avoid problematic verses such as Isaiah 45:7:         "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."      They tell us that God is somewhere outside the universe, in the place called heaven, and Satan is in charge of things "down here" on Earth.  In order to overcome evil you have to call God into the situation.  Condemned by the devil, you have to take your case to that supernatural Court of Appeals.      Question:  Whose idea was it to put the devil in charge?  And if he's doing such a lousy job, causing pain and suffering for everyone, why hasn't he been fired?  Does he have tenure?      There will come a judgment, we are assured.  Things will be set right.  The good will have their eternal reward, and the bad will be subject to eternal damnation.  That sounds like wishful thinking, and it does nothing to explain the existence of evil - pain, suffering, hate, injustice.  And it's all based on the folklore of the Hebrew people, including the story of Adam and Eve, the great Fall immediately after the six days of Creation.     I offer the following words for those who value the writings of men who lived thousands of years ago:        "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?  Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing?  Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing?  Then whence cometh evil?  Is he neither able nor willing?  Then why call him God?" \\\\--- Epicurus, philosopher (c. 340-270 B.C.E.)