''a Belief in Miracles Leads to the Concept of a God Who Favours Some but Not All of His Creation'' Discuss.

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''A belief in miracles leads to the concept of a God who favours some but not all of his creation'' Discuss. The argument that a belief in miracles leads to an arbitrary and partisan God is from Maurice Wiles, who states that the existence of miracles leads to the assumption that God is not just. This is because, using the example of Moses parting the red sea, he favours the Israelites over the Egyptians due to the fact that Moses has a relationship with God. A more modern example could be the fact that no miracle stopped the killing of millions of Jews in Auschwitz, whilst some miracles in the bible - such as Jesus walking on water - seem trivial in comparison. Therefore, Wiles comes to the conclusion that God's goodness and the concept of miracles are two incompatible ideas. When discussing God's omnibenevolemce, Wiles introduces the nature of God and its impact on miracles. However, this also anthropomorphises him. As humans, with a limited knowledge of what the word 'good' means, Maimonedes states that it would be disrespectful to attribute this equivocal concept to an unlimited God. We cannot judge God, nor his actions because he is a non cognitive being. Only God knows the future, and therefore when it is appropriate to intervene. Therefore, through miracles he is not favouring some of his creation over others, but the good of the whole creation itself. Furthermore, our free will stops God from intervening in every situation, because according to Swinburne, if we do not have the capacity to damn ourselves, we are not truly free agents. However this does not necessarily overcome the problem of God favouring his creation because by having the ability to intervene, but not at every moment he can prevent evil from happening to some but not too others. The promise of eternal life and eternal goodness does not negate the fact that there is still unfairness in the
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