Arminians insist that there’s a crucial moral difference between “causing” or “determining” evil on the one hand, and permitting evil, on the other hand.
Here’s a famous case:
He was just an innocent bystander, he says. A bystander who peered over the top of a toilet stall and discovered–in the women’s rest room of a casino on the California-Nevada border–his best friend Jeremy Strohmeyer, 18, struggling with a seven-year-old girl. He tapped his friend’s head, he says, knocking off his hat, but couldn’t get him to stop. So David Cash Jr. decided to take a walk.The scene in front of him could not have been any clearer: a nearly 6-ft.-tall teenager and a little girl who didn’t yet weigh 50 lbs. locked in the stall of the Primadonna Resort casino at 3:47 in the morning. And yet Cash goes for a walk. He says nothing to the security guards. Less than half an hour later, Strohmeyer emerges and tells Cash he has molested and murdered the child.
David Cash was branded a “bad Samaritan” for his failure to intervene. By the same token, isn’t the Arminian God a bad Samarian? From an Arminian standpoint, why is David Cash’s noninterference blameworthy while God’s noninterference praiseworthy?