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The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.
God either wants to eliminate bad things and cannot, or can but does not want to, or neither wishes to nor can, or both wants to and can. If he wants to and cannot, then he is weak - and this does not apply to god. If he can but does not want to, then he is spiteful - which is equally foreign to god's nature. If he neither wants to nor can, he is both weak and spiteful, and so not a god. If he wants to and can, which is the only thing fitting for a god, where then do bad things come from? Or why does he not eliminate them?
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Originally posted by gnosticquasar
What about a compromise?
God is like humans in that God has both a good side and a bad side, but God chooses not to be evil and fights this tendency every single second of every single day just like humans do? And, just like human parents do with their children, sometimes he loses his temper.
Originally posted by ZeroReady
Revelation 22:13. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
God is everything, not just just love. Besides love being a human emotion, used for the purpose of defending mates and family, you can't have love without hate. Just as sound is also the silence in between sound waves, you can't have a wave without a trough. No love without hate. God is love AND hate, if you believe that sort of thing
Originally posted by SuperiorEd
As a Christian, I often hear the Atheist accuse God of not being Good.
Originally posted by FriendlyGopher
Obviously your talking about YOUR god from the bible.
Aside from that bible portraying a god that is vengeful, violent and evil one story basically covers all.
The one where he asks this guy to kill his own kid and gets in his head to basically brainwash him to do so.
At the moment the poor chap wants to kill his son god pops up saying "It was all a joke dude just kill a lamb and chill out"
Well nowadays that "god" would go to jail for this type of behavior Not my kind of loving god thank you.
Originally posted by CaDreamer
IF GOD IS OMNIPOTENT THEN HE KNOWS EVERYTHING..AS IN THE ALPHA AND OMEGA SCRIPTURE. HE THEREFORE KNEW WHAT SATAN WOULD BE BEFORE HE CREATED HIM, THUS GOD IS AN ADVOCATE OF CHAOS OR HE IS EVIL.
Explain to me how a "good" god can sentence innocent young children to a most certainly painful death. Certainly any omnipotent creature capable of allowing such suffering should never be worshipped, existing or not.