a reply to: ServantOfTheLamb
Interesting point of view there...and I don't particularly disagree with anything you said.
Here's my own two cents.
Let me address your last concern, first. People believe God is evil because of the state of life on this planet. "If God is so good, why does he let
[x, y, z] happen?". The problem with that point of view is that we take no responsibility for our own state of affairs. God is not an almighty maid,
waiting on us hand and foot, cleaning up our crap... He is a teacher, ruler, and Father first and foremost. I suppose if you look at how children are
raised these days, you would think our heavenly Father would just let us have anything we wanted and bail us out of every problem we create for
ourselves. God forbid!...
Can God murder someone? Let's look at the official definition of murder first. Now granted there are many definitions because people like to abuse
the language. I will take the law definition, as it is the first and most pertinent.
1. Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder
committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as
robbery or arson (first-degree murder) and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree-murder)
The key words here are intent
. I believe God kills, however does not do so out of malice or intent, but simply because it was
necessary; hence not murder.
To be honest, I'm not too sure where I stand on the idea of a "hell". I believe it's a tainted ideology. I believe a lot of the bible has been
misinterpreted and sometimes "interpreted". It's a mixture of fiction and truth. In my opinion, the unpardonable sin is the only way to this
"hell". Repentance entices the forgiveness of our Father; He can't help but forgive His children whose hearts have changed and turned away from
sin. If I've learned anything, it's that mankind will distort truth to the nth degree, setting himself atop the highest threshold of power. What
greater hubris in religion is there, then to say "You're all going to hell, unless you do [x, y, z]"? This puts you in the hands of a man, does it
Lastly, it is my personal belief that humankind be subject to all manner of perversion so that we can understand its fruits of destruction. What
better way to teach us to behave, then allowing us to succumb to all the turmoils of this physical existence? As you said, we have a choice to make.
It's easier to choose when you already know the consequences...will a child touch a flame after having been burned?
You could say this life is nothing more then a proving ground for His children. If we want His love, affection, and care, we need to earn it. The sins
of the father become the sins of the son in this world. We reap what we sow. This is because humanity still doesn't understand how to forgive. How
can a Father forgive his sons and daughters who can't even forgive their own brothers and sisters?
Anyway, that was my....more like 50 cents, but yeah... Just my opinion.