Originally posted by MacKiller
There is NO God!
That's right, you heard me, He doesn't exist.
First of all, if you are wanting to have a discussion on this matter, I would have started out differently. This type of post would have been well
placed in the "Rants" topic. Imagine what the response would be if I started out a new thread with "All you sinners will BURN IN HELL! BURN, BURN,
I TELL YOU!"
As you can see, ranting is like a train blowing it's whistle. It makes a large steam cloud and lots of noise, but it doesn't actually move the train
down the track. You have to harness that energy into something constructive to get any work done.
I think the issues that you are dealing with is the apparent chaos that seems to afflict innocent people. This all goes back to the point that God
doesn't want robots, he wants free-thinking people. What God desires most is for you to love him. Not out of obligation, or necessity, but because
you choose to do so on your own.
What would you call someone that I had chained in my basement. A person that did as I said or they would be punished? A slave. Even if I had good
intentions. Say I locked them in my house so they couldn't go outside where bad stuff could happen to them. They would only stay because they had no
choice. In these situations, it's impossible to expect this person to have any true, lasting fondness for me. If what I want the most is true love
and respect, then I have to be willing to take a risk that I won't get it. I have to let go.
God gives people free will, so that they can develop a true, lasting love for him. True, some people choose not to do that. Should God stop them from
robbing a bank, or shooting someone? That would be interfering with their choices, and ruin any possibility of them loving God. Yes, God desires that
even the "bad" people choose to love him, and has made it possible for them to be forgiven for their actions, no matter what they have done.
God will give you gentle nudges the way a man would send poems and chocolate to a girl he loves. Little reminders that say, "I really love you. Do
you love me?", but he won't (usually) "smite the wicked". I'm sure you would think a man would do anything to protect his sweetheart from harm.
That's true, but to God, everyone is a potential sweetheart, so no one can have their freewill revoked. So as long as people make bad choices, we
have suicide bombers, and bank robbers in the world.