God either wants to eliminate bad things and cannot, or can but does not want to, or neither wishes to nor can, or both wants to and can. If he wants to and cannot, then he is weak - and this does not apply to god. If he can but does not want to, then he is spiteful - which is equally foreign to god's nature. If he neither wants to nor can, he is both weak and spiteful, and so not a god. If he wants to and can, which is the only thing fitting for a god, where then do bad things come from? Or why does he not eliminate them?Epicurus' view was that God has reached the perfect state of ataraxia and was indifferent to good and evil. It is contrary to the Jewish (and Christian) concept of God, who has created the universe with a purpose in mind and continues managing it. The illustration is called the Secret Garden (Epicurus's School was called The Garden).