“One major flaw in Calvinism lies in its theodicy. Calvinism embraces what they refer to as the greater good defense. That means, sin is used by the sovereign God in order to realize a good purpose, to reach a greater goal in the end. Yet this is clearly in contradiction to God’s omnipotence. Wouldn’t an almighty God realize His desired purpose in a direct, straight way rather than be dependent on the means of evil to accomplish this goal?”
God used sinful Pharaoh and his sinful sorcerers to realize a good purpose, to reach a greater goal in the end. Yet this is clearly a contradiction of God’s omnipotence. After all, it lay within God’s power to liberate the children of Israel without going through the rigmarole of the ten plagues. Indeed, God could have zapped the Canaanites, then transported the children of Israel directly from Egypt to Canaan. No plagues. No wilderness wandering. No conquest.
Wouldn’t an almighty God realize His desired purpose in a direct, straightforward way rather than be dependent on the evil means to accomplish this goal?
Not to mention the way God engineered the execution of Jesus, using evil Pilate, evil Caiaphas, the evil mob, the evil Sanhedrin, the evil death by crucifixion, &c.
The events of Good Friday are clearly a denial of God’s omnipotence.