Originally posted by Sinter Klaas
There is a reason we build with brick. That's because it does not burn very well. London had to burn to the ground to discover this but... She
probably didn't know.
this made me laugh!!
Why ? Why do we thank God for all the good and only accept bad things happening to us as His will.
personally, i thank GOD for all things that come my way, be they "good" or "bad." it wasn't always like this for me, but after surviving a
particularly trying time in my life, i began to realize something as time went on. everything that had seemed such a curse to me, going through it,
ended up bringing me blessings of all kinds. the gain i received that was the richest was wisdom and insight that i have since been able to share with
others, hopefully helping them through their own trials and tribulations. and everything i lost that i eventually relinquished willingly (simply
because at the time it was the only logical thing to do)
, i literally got back, only better.
i'm not kidding about that nor am i trying to put in a good plug for GOD. GOD doesn't need me as a PR agent or a promotional banner. i am just
sharing the why's of who i am today.
If it is His will should He not get at least noted when someone does not agree with it ?
well, if one believes there is a GOD, and that also that GOD is omniscient, then anytime someone doesn't agree with what happens as a result of
GOD's will (according to how they view that idea)
, then even if they never speak it out loud, GOD would know the nature and degree of their
dissatisfaction - which qualifies as being put on notice, imo.
Or does his will mean that everything is already pre-set or faith ?
Maybe you have a different idea ? Please share ?
i do have a different understanding, completely. i don't think anything is ever set in stone, at least that which comes from the will of man.
i do believe we all have free will within the context of our existence; that is to say that we each have the full opportunity to choose from all
available options in any given situation.
that being the case, the future is not something written in stone but rather a mist-like, constantly changing, ever-evolving, dynamic
if we are made in the image of our Creator, then both we and our Creator have free will. GOD's will may be freer, simply due to a wider scope of
understanding and vision, but all are equally free to choose within respective contexts.
i do think there are some things that GOD does decide, freely within the context of GOD (whatever that may be)
; things on a worldly global
level that affect all mankind perhaps both individually as well as collectively. i also think that even if those things at first seem tragic, that in
the end, they are designed to bring about positive change that will be beneficial for all, again both individually as well as collectively.
i am not able to envision a Creator, of such a beautiful world as this one, and of such endlessly intriguing creatures such as humans, who is cruel,
egotistical, or short-sighted.
the existence of love, imo, negates the idea of cruelty.
if our Creator were egotistical, i would think that it would be much like the days of Imperial Rome, after the days of Tiberius, when suddenly it was
mandatory and compulsory to worship the Emperor as GOD. although a case may be made by some in rebuttal to that, evidenced by the presence and nature
of christianity in our present society, i would have to come back with the suggestion that it isn't GOD who made the rules of christianity but rather
human beings, just like every other religion.
the complex perfection found in a scientific examination of anything in the natural world defies short-sightedness.
Both options above are not cutting it for me. If it is all pre- determined then why do we have to live it ? Why punish us in the afterlife ? (
For eternity or just a week )
i think we are here to make mistakes and to learn, and most of all, to learn what love IS by experiencing what it IS NOT
as for punishment in the afterlife, i again suggest that such an idea is a combination of misinterpretation and human tendency to want to bring the
divine down to our own level of present incomplete understandings.
we (humanity, in general)
believe that punishment is a method toward establishing and maintaining order. but it is not. there is no way that
crime can ever be eradicated with laws that if are broken, create a criminal from the lawbreaker.
after all, the laws are made by men. therefore, criminals are also a creation of the human thought process.
the only way to establish and maintain order is to give men their freedom, respect their individuality, and most importantly, to lead by
The other says God is in our lives every second and decides who lives or dies for whatever reason there maybe. Could He be wrong ? Can you
well, if GOD is believed to also be the Creator of mankind, and of every human being, either directly or indirectly, then is it not logical to expect
that *life* and *death* come under that Creator's jurisdiction?
if there were no fear of death, it wouldn't be such an issue. if death were truly understood as a door between this world and the other world, on the
other side of that door which can be either "birth" or "death" all depending on which way one is traveling...then there wouldn't be mortal fear
and many issues with GOD would no longer be valid.
but this is our biggest hurdle, still.
and the so-called scientific experts who constantly seek ways to explain away things that defy explanation from the current human earthly
understanding, such as NDE's and OOBE's, etc., do not help our efforts at all!
there is a truth somewhere between the superstitious politics of religion and the surface-only explanations of physical science - i think of it as
metaphysics - and that truth is that which is promised to set us free!