reply to post by FriedBabelBroccoli
I have a few questions, if you don't mind taking the time to try to answer them.
First, a bit of background information on me. I was raised Baptist. My grandfather is a preacher, my grandmother is supremely devout and my mother
raised me in church. I used to sing solos in church and was a MAJOR witness to people up until I turned 19. Of course, I hadn't really read my Bible.
I listened to the feel good stories, I sang the uplifting gospel songs and I prayed diligently for anyone that hadn't come to know the Lord.
Then something happened. I started questioning. Simple questions at first, along the lines of "why are there so many other religions in the world if
this is the right one?" Or... "how do we know the Bible is the text we're supposed to be reading?" At this point, I can say that I am beyond a
crisis of faith and the more of the Bible I actually read, the more I question.
So please, understand that none of this comes from a mocking stand point. I'm genuinely curious and thus far, all of the preachers I've reached out
to simply haven't been able to provide sufficient answers.
I think you are forgetting that humanity is on Earth as a PUNISHMENT . . . .
Why? What did humanity as a whole do to deserve this punishment? The original two people supposedly created by this higher power, and created in His
image, made a mistake. A mistake that could have been prevented if the Lord simply didn't place an obstacle in their way.
If the creator is all knowing (according to scripture, He is - Psalm 139:4 "Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.", Psalms 139:16 “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
), then he knew that the mistake would be made from the jump off, yet he deliberately placed a catalyst in his fallible creation's paths. Why? If the
creator is not all knowing, then it contradicts the Bible, and if the Bible is the word of God, there should be no contradiction, especially regarding
the Lord's abilities.
Most folks here talking about how horrible the Biblical God is because "He" allows pain, suffering, war and all that goes along with it to go on
completely ignore this point.
The original sin was disobeying God because he was the true incarnation of the "philosopher king," perfect in wisdom and providing all that is
So one sin, committed by two people, damned an entire universe of people to suffering. One single sin, that could have been prevented by God in the
first place. And that is acceptable to you?
Do you believe in a Hell? And do you think Hell is an appropriate punishment for a finite crime? Burning, tortured for eternity, possibly for
something as simple as having a different creator God. Being born in the "wrong" part of the world and growing up with a different faith, or perhaps
no faith at all. That crime should be punishable by torture for all of eternity?
All this boo-hooing about the Biblical God being horrible and evil just further demonstrates how completely ignorant of, or biased against, the text
folks really are.
People can commit evil against one another. Unspeakable acts of violence are perpetuated by human beings daily. However, the great flood was not an
act of human beings. If you believe the Bible literally, then the flood was caused by God himself. This flood not only killed the humans that were
evil and unjust, but the children and unborn babies that had yet to cause evil. This act is considered okay by most Christians, simply because Noah,
whose lineage was perfect in generations, and his family were saved?
What about Job? Human beings had no hand in the terrible atrocities committed against one of the Lord's most dedicated followers. Sodom and Gomorrah?
There were no other righteous or innocent people in either city? No child that was worthy of being saved?
This is not coming from a place of ignorance. I have read these stories. I am currently studying the text passionately, trying to regain an ounce of
faith that I feel has been lost from my life. Unfortunately, the exact text I'm reading is making it incredibly difficult.