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originally posted by: HarbingerOfShadows
If we are eternal, ie have souls, then even a life time of suffering is not all that much.
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originally posted by: Exelcior
There is no God. Or maybe you could think God is that tiny bit of reason and good sense in man. Don't expect miracles. There are no supernatural powers. Only natural. To every action there is a reaction. The likes of Boko Haram will eventually get what's coming to them. All knowing all powerful God is pretty silly idea since he would have stopped everything bad from happening ages ago, and we wouldn't have history.
So there are three options how to see it:
1. God doesn't exist - and we are own our own
2. God is just plain evil - and we are on our own
3. God is a sketchy pantheon - and we are on our own
originally posted by: Trihalo42
If a child is told to not touch a hot object, like a frying pan, they'll keep trying to in defiance. Sometimes the only way to get the message across is to let the child burn themselves. "The burned hand learns best". But people say, "That's abuse!". No. That's letting a defiant child be a "Hands on learner".
God saw the defiance in his children, and decided that no matter how many times he rained fire from the heavens, they wouldn't stop being defiant. So he drew his hand back from the world.
Consider what would happen at another extreme. What if God reached down and killed all those people murdering others? What if every rapist, murderer, and thief dropped dead. Would people be happy? Would they rejoice that a powerful being was destroying evil to keep them safe? No. They'd hide in fear that they might have some thought, or happen to unintentionally do something that might be considered wrong, and God would strike them dead too. The Commandment, "Thou shalt not covet that which is thy neighbor's" is basically saying, "Don't even THINK about it". What if breaking that Commandment resulted in instant death?
People seem to want God to force people to not do bad things, but they want to have free will. They want God to punish "evil", but they don't want to be judged for what they do. Some people want everyone to be "nice", so long as it benefits them in some way and they aren't forced into their own version of "nice" when it doesn't benefit them.
God pulled his hand back from the world because so many people are defiant to the end. "Fine. You don't need me? Do it yourself. We'll see what a world without me looks like." Don't dare call God's hand back to the world now. I really don't think you'd like the results. We have a book that talks about it. It's called the Book of Revelations.
"Where is GOD?" HE'S everywhere. HE typed every word YOU ever posted, ever. And HE is typing this response as well.
My mind is an empty bowl.
Everything everyone does will come back on them tenfold, and not necessarily in this lifetime.
When Kanye West stood up in his concert and refused to perform until the handicapped audience members had to prove they were handicapped and couldn't stand for him.....he just bought himself AT LEAST one lifetime being handicapped
There are plenty of those "blind followers" of every "ideology".
Did you see the queues for the last iPhone?
Sounds of Silence; Simon & Garfunkel
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence.
People are generally good people, we are victims of our environment
I can hardly understand what lesson there is to be learned when living your life as a blind person.