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Originally posted by John_Q_Llama
reply to post by Zaimless
- God wants his most beloved creation, humans, to have free will, yet he imposes an entire book full of laws and rules upon them.
- God claims to be omnipotent, yet could not prevent evil from affecting his most beloved creation in such a way that God himself became disgusted by the filthiness and wretchedness that humans are.
- God fails to abide by the very laws he has laid down for humans.
- God had to send his own "son" to redeem his most beloved creation from evil, which he also created, by letting this son be brutally beaten and tortured and put on a cross to die. Wouldn't it have been easier to just stamp out evil from the start?
The Christian God is a hypocritical tyrant that is either not all-powerful, or does not mind that evil exists and wrecks havoc on humans.
I suggest that you not spend too much time on religion. Focus on your personal spirituality. Investigate, learn, research, observe, etc. Figure out what you believe, if anything, when it comes to gods, goddesses, deities, and so on. Spirituality is a journey each person can experience without the complications of religion. Keep it simple, fulfilling, personal, and enlightening. Don't let the world of man infect the path of your spirit.
Evil is a choice thing for people, see above regarding repercussions.
He wouldn't have to abide by them. He's God, not a human. You can push a pet off the dinner table, yet moments later sit on it yourself. Why? Cause it's YOUR table.
Define 'easy'. The concept is-you want your boyfriend/girlfriend to love you by choice, otherwise you would have a blowup doll. Thus 'evil' isn't a force. It is a bad choice. Like Plato's discussion on someone stealing bread to feed his family (good act for his family, evil act to the bread baker). If God is real: You can't apply human values to him/her/it.
Hypocrisy = doing the opposite of what you preach. Me saying "I can do whatever I want, but you can't eat twinkies' is not hypocrisy, it IS however tyrannically stupid I admit.
Otherwise, please see above for 'good and evil'.
Agreed wholeheartedly. But I would also add "Don't blind yourself". The bible is a book of man. The events could be all parable or made up (from what we can prove). Doesn't mean there is no wisdom at all in it. Even with all the beastly events it depicts.
Originally posted by Zaimless
Wouldn't God be a hypocrite if he told us not to certain things and then he goes ahead and does them? Aren't we suppose to be loving all the time? Really he does a ton of killing in the bible. We aren't suppose to do that are we??
And what about adultery? What he did with Mary, taking her innocence all all??
He has to be beyond a murder. He let's people die, and further more he burns them in hell for all eternity... Isn't that a little sadistic? I wouldn't do that to my children would you? Does that mean I have a more loving and forgiving soul than God? Doesn't God have to love bigger than me?
The bible says that their will be an anti-Christ religion and that it shall call itself by his name. Isn't Christianity one of the largest religions in the world?
Why is it ok for God to do evil and not the rest of us??? Honestly now...
Originally posted by theendisnear69
I often wonder why god condemns his "children" to burn in hell. I would not wish that on my worst enemy. But people say that we choose hell and god isn't really sending us there, we are sending ourselves there by not following god. But isn't god the one who made hell?
Originally posted by Zaimless
Wouldn't God be a hypocrite if he told us not to certain things and then he goes ahead and does them? Aren't we suppose to be loving all the time? Really he does a ton of killing in the bible. We aren't suppose to do that are we?? And what about adultery? What he did with Mary, taking her innocence all all
Originally posted by jmdewey60\
The biggest kill-off would be the Flood. God did intend to kill everyone on the planet.
God showed Himself to be loving, in that, although He found only one man to be righteous, eight people were saved. They were not all that great but god allowed them on the ark because of their relationship to Noah.
[edit on 8-4-2008 by jmdewey60]