The problem Of Non-Beleif

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After all of the arguments for and against the existence of god, the problem of non-belief is the most convincing. Why, if god exists, are there non-believers? The strongest answers to this question are that god does not want everyone to be saved, believing in god tests how worthy one is of salvation, and the unknown-purpose defense; yet they all fail.

The answer, that god does not want everyone to be saved, is supported by numerous bible passages. There are many instances in the bible where Jesus instructs the disciples to avoid entire continents when delivering his message for salvation (Kreuger 186). Kreuger uses this to reason that god their damnation. This contradicts the definition given in the bible of god as omnibenevolent. Kreuger makes the case that if god were omnibenevolent, he would not want people to suffer "eternal agony in hell," and would want to make salvation possible for every person (187).

Perhaps the disciples were instructed to avoid certain areas when preaching the word of god on the basis that the word would spread does not want the people living in those regions to be saved, and therefore ensures from the places they had been to, and there is a minimum amount of outreach necessary to inform the entire world. One can not be certain that god did not want these areas to be saved. The assumption that god intentionally damned these people to hell is an inference unsupported by biblical text.

If this were the case, every single person in the world can be informed of the circumstances necessary to achieve Christian salvation. To this day, not every single person in the world is familiar with or has even heard this message of salvation. There is also a time constraint not taken into consideration in...