reply to post by Republican08
I for one would love to argue this point. What you are arguing is, because pain and suffering are existant within this world, the idea of a
all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God is illogical.
I personally see this as a weak argument against God.
For my belief, which you will undoubtely question, the first and foremost expression of God's all-loving nature, is our ability to make choice, no i
do not believe in hard determinism, im more of a soft determinist.
Who are we to anthropomorphise God? What does it mean for a being beyond our comprehension to be all-loving?
Id say that fact that we have our own mind (whether or not we are influenced is a different matter), our individuality is the highest form.
Right, i see this reality, this existance as a "vale of soul-making". A perfect balance of good and evil. Yes I would argue that duality does exist
and not just an extension of our reasoning abilities. But all definitions of Good and Evil are subjective.
This world is a perfect balance to allow an equal playing field for all choices. There will never be proof for or against god, so that I can believe
they do/dont exist. If i couldnt believe they didnt, i wouldnt truely have free will.
This world is both a good and a bad place. However, when it comes my concept of a soul. I believe what lives we will lead, what families we grow up in
and what major influences we have in our early life are predetermined. So that a certain perspective is brought about and we learn through experience
in a different way.
As for children being raped. Its disgusting, i will never say it is not. However, if you do believe in a spiritual realm, somthing more, then the
transcient experience of being raped may be necessary for your soul to understand certain life lessons, lessons that enable them to guide other people
and so on.
We never know what the ultimate Good / Evil is. However, im most certain they are balanced.
Please argue against me, id love toflesh out my ideas some more
[edit on 19-8-2009 by Toughiv]