But this implies that the Instructor created the usual biological method of getting cancer, with…
Eve Moran
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Well, here’s Peter Simon’s description of The Instructor again, so we don’t drift too far away from the source:

I consider it to be the ultimate being, never to this date adequately described by any religion; a teacher of infinite intelligence and practically unlimited power, who can manipulate memory and matter and time and space, which it does for this reason; To demonstrate fallacies to individuals or groups of individuals so that the rest of the pupils in the classroom may observe and decide which notion of the universe and its physical and possibly paraphysical attributes is the valid one.

He lists a number of attributes he believes The Instructor possesses, but do please note that “Creator” is not among them. Neither is “Good,” for that matter. He is not positing the Abrahamic God here. Which eliminates the need for reconciling perceived flaws in physical reality (like the existence of cancer) with any idealized “perfect all good deity.” He doesn’t say The Instructor isn’t good. He just doesn’t say, not only here, but anywhere in the rest of the booklet. His point is simply that he observes the action of this directing intelligence behind reality, with a few guesses about what it’s up to based on those observations. His Instructor reminds me a bit of Q on Star Trek the Next Generation, which Peter Simon’s booklet predates by almost a decade.

I’m not sure why our choices are the fatal ones in that equation.

Everybody dies, Eve. Do you think the existence of death means there can’t be a God?

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