Where I work, we have a “Rule of Three”: Cheap, Fast, or Good. Pick two.
You can do something Cheap and Good, but it won’t be Fast;
Fast and Good, but it won’t be cheap;
or Fast and Cheap, and it definitely won’t be good.
You can’t have all three!
My manager shared the “Rule of Three” during a meeting today, and another Christian coworker (a former pastor, might I add) who had never heard it before exclaimed his love for it. He added:
So it’s kind of like how God is supposed to be all-powerful and all-good, and yet there’s still suffering in the world. You can’t have all three.
BINGO! You win!
If only the words had actually sunk in.
If you’re not familiar with the origins of that claim, here’s the original oft-quoted passage from Epicurus.
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”
—Epicurus (Greek philosopher, 341-270 BCE)