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Originally posted by Quicksilver
Valhall soo sacreligious but yet sooo funny
Why do quote words form a book you have no faith in, only to use that book's words to accuse others of their beliefs??
Originally posted by James the Lesser
From the bible we have King David doing worse than what Hitler did in the holocaust. If we condem the Nazi's, then why not David? Why is he considered good and holy?
Originally posted by fixx
A question about forgiveness...
I don't know the answer to this, so please don't construe this as an attack.
What happens to the evil person (or maybe not so evil, but at least somewhat sinful) who isn't afforded the opportunity to sit down and ask god for forgiveness before the lights are turned out? It's convenient that some evil SOBs have that chance....what about the guy that gets hit by a bus crossing the street before repenting? Does he get a chance after death to ask for forgiveness? Is it just chance that affords us the opportunity/time to repent?
Take a guy like me for instance. Clearly I'm struggling with my faith, trying to find some answers, trying to explore my own beliefs...right now I don't believe in a god. In 10 years however, that may change. If I die in 5 years where does that leave me? Hell? Eternal damnation? I consider myself to be a good person, much nicer of a guy than Hitler to be sure. But because he had the opportunity (hypotheticaly) to repent before death he is saved and I am shet out of luck? How does this work exactly?
Originally posted by fixx
I'm sure this topic has been discussed before, but since I'm new here, I'd love to hear what some of you think about this issue.
There are numerous references in the bible that refer to the world as being flat or having four corners (I can provide some of these if needed). Nowhere is there a passage that indicates the world is in fact a sphere. If the authors of the bible were divinely inspired, why then would the inspirer (who presumably knows the world is spherical) not make this evident?
I asked this same question to one of the Franciscan fathers at my high school some years back and the answer he gave me was that the people at the time were not ready for such a revalation. His logic was that they could not handle such an idea and would have rejected the bible entirely. Considering some of the other radical and revolutionary ideas (for its time) in the bible, I found that answer insufficient. Can anyone else perhaps give an explanation that makes a bit more sense?