God is Omnibenevolent

Yes, God is omnibenevolent (absolutely good). Since God-Consciousness has created the universe out of His own essence, why would He create anything that He did not see as good? Having said that, in God’s terms, there is neither good nor bad, there is just experience. God can be seen as omnibenevolent because He has not gone out of His way to create evil, pain, suffering, catastrophes, and the other aspects of evil cited as part of the Problem of Evil.

The Problem of Evil asks, How can a God who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent allow the evil we see in the world? Epicurus (341-270BC) explained it in what became known as the Epicurean paradox:

  • If a perfectly good God exists, then evil does not
  • There is evil in the world
  • Therefore, a perfectly good God does not exist.

As I see it, before Man attained the knowledge of good and evil (as described in the story of Adam and Eve), there was neither. There was just whatever was, and that was not judged as being either good or bad. God does not judge things as good or bad, but rather as experience.

Plants and animals do not judge things as good or bad. If a tree gets its leaves eaten by a passing giraffe, this is not bad. Even if an elephant uproots the whole tree, this is not evil. Likewise, if a lion is able to bring down a zebra or baby wildebeest, this is not evil; it is the law of the wild. Plants and animals live in the Now and face whatever the conditions, experiences, and situations are now, and the fittest survive.

So, God too is as He is, and that is it. Nothing He is or has created is either good or bad. It is just what it is. It is all in keeping with how things should be and how they are, as created by God, and as experienced by God-Consciousness through us. Therefore, we can say that God-Consciousness is omnibenevolent because He has not created anything for an evil purpose — everything is created for a positive purpose as discussed in my last blog. He has not set out to torture, to destroy, to goad, to cause pain, or to cause sorrow. God’s Creation is perfect, and He is perfectly omnibenevolent.

It is Man and his Ego, abusing free will, this gift from God, that has created the notion of good and evil. All the crime, wars, rape, pillage, and torture that men and women have imposed on others have come from Ego. If a true understanding of God and His universe were realised by everyone, then all evil would cease.

Even natural disasters — floods, earthquakes, drought, eruptions, tsunamis, plagues — are merely part of the way things are. They are not intrinsically evil. We judge them so, particularly when we are caught in the midst of them. However, great good can come from these things too. In the end, it is all experience. The very worst thing that can happen is that we die and the earthly experience ends. From the perspective of God-Consciousness, who is our very being, this is acceptable and perfect in the moment.

God-Consciousness is absolutely good (omnibenevolent) in reality, which is God’s perspective of things. Any view to the contrary comes from the Ego and is maya (illusion).

(Parts of this blog are quoted from my book, The God Franchise)

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4 comments on “God is Omnibenevolent

  1. Hi, I have just joined this blog so I do not know the history of your conversation; I have read, halfway, Alan’s book though. I could not understand how Alan can say that we are franchises as a franchisee has no free will, everything has to be followed by the perfect example given to them. Barging in on your conversation though, I think I now understand that Alan meant that we should be perfect as God is perfect. I still feel though the choice of the word franchise creates the impression that all human beings need to be exactly the same. I am sure Alan or someone else might be able to shine light on this issue for me. By the way, I have tried to classify myself according to Alan’s different types of belief systems but could not find any of them that fits me – I am just saying this to try and explain the perspective with which I pose the question about being perfect franchises of a ‘body’ of God. Look forward to hearing other opinions…

    • Alan H. Dawe says:

      Thank you for your thoughts on this, Susanna. The use of the analogy of the God Franchise is explained on page 71 of the book, and in the blog on 22 January 2012. The idea is that God (or God-Consciousness as I prefer to say in order to overcome the usual connotations) “can be seen as a Franchisor, and that you and I and every other person on this Earth individually is a Franchisee. By creating Mankind in His own image, God-Consciousness franchised His Creative Power to each and every man and woman on Earth … In addition, God-Consciousness gave us free will (as He naturally has), consciousness, and purpose. In fact, He gave us all His qualities to a greater or lesser extent … He franchised everything to each of us in what may be termed The God Franchise.”

      I also point out that our Higher Self is actually God in form, and that our Ego (or Lesser Self) is essentially an illusion. In essence nothing exists except God. Therefore we are God in form for the purpose of having experience. The book explains these concepts in a lot of detail.

      I hope this clarifies it a bit more. So, to answer your points – we each have free will and accordingly every one of us is unique, so that God-Consciousness has multiple experiences through our forms. We are by definition “perfect franchises of a ‘body’ of God”, just as you suggest.

  2. Alan H. Dawe says:

    Hi Papernun. I agree, How can a perfect being create something imperfect! I am not clear about what you disagree with.

  3. papernun says:

    I’m sorry but I have to disagree. I think the real question is how can a perfect being create something imperfect? because imperfection is clearly inconsistent with his own nature.

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