I was raised in the mainstream Baptist Christian religion where it is taught that GOD knows EVERY THING that you will do in your life, from the moment
you are conceived.
For the first 40 (or so) years of my life, I accepted the teaching that God knows everything, without question.
But the more I think about this, the more it drives me up the wall.. Why? Because, If God knows EVERYTHING...
1. Why did God create Hitler, knowing in advance that this person would be responsible for the killing of millions of His children? (aka..Hitler's
sisters and brothers)
2. If Christianity is the "Only Way" to Heaven, why did God create humans (his children) whom He knew in advance would be Muslims, Hindus, Athiests,
etc.. and therefore be relegated to suffer throughout eternity in Hell?
3. If Satan is real, then why does GOD allow him to cause so much suffering? Isn't that the equivalent of me giving a gun with an unlimited supply
of bullets to a known murderer? Am I not then just as guilty as he is? If I have the power to get rid of that murderer and don't do so, what does
that make me?
Does anyone see what I'm getting at here? Why would a Father (God) have children knowing in advance that they would murder other children in masse
and that 70% of his children would be sent to Hell because they did not adopt the Christian religion in their lifetime? (I read a report that only
30% of the global population is Christian)
I would feel A LOT BETTER about GOD if there was some logical basis (or proof) that God does NOT know everything in advance. In human terms, it would
be pretty rotten for a Dad to have a family knowing in advance that the vast majority of the children would be condemned to eternal agony after their
brief stint at life on this plane.
Is there anyone that can help me get over this growing negativity? In a way, I was happier back in the days when I didn't look at the big picture and
was just thankful to be personally "Saved". But in retrospect, that was a selfish attitude? Sure wish there was Religion which teaches that God
does not know everything, but show love to your fellow man/woman and you'll be fine in this life and that/those to come.
edit on 17-4-2012 by carewemust because: typo correction