reply to post by signalfire
I really appreciate your reply. I can see, looking back on it, that I might not have written as smoothly as I meant to. I didn't intend sarcasm, I
was just trying to make things simple for me.
. . . why, in this 'Christian' nation, acts attributed to a group of Allah-believers could be allowed to proceed unimpeded.
I think I see four possibilities in your first question. 1) God should prevent bad things from happening to his followers if the acts come from
non-believers, 2) God should prevent bad things from happening to anyone if the acts come from non-believers, 3) God should prevent bad things from
happening to anyone, and 4) How the heck are we supposed to be telling God what He should
Besides, the US can't be a Christian nation, it wasn't set up to be one. It is a nation with some Christians in it, and they can vote, but a nation
governed by Christians enforcing Christian laws? Nah.
We don't know which things are really bad, some may be just, some merciful, some preventive. Some times, as in wars, decisions are made by men, the
orders are followed by men, and men die as a result. To what purpose? To remind us that there is evil in the world to be guarded against, and even
fought against? There are worse things than losing your life. Perhaps, and I'm simply guessing because I can't possibly know, that was the case
2. I can think of plenty of pranks that are not outright felonies.
You're quite right and I agree. The reason we're a little
different is that you're using "felonies," and I'm using "illegal." The pranks I remember at least, involved trespass and minor damage to
property. But I'll agree with you. I just don't see that it has any particular significance to this race, or even to Romney as an adult.
3. I think all religions have proved their damaging aspects to society, yes.
I would be astonished beyond words, I would claim it to
be the mightiest miracle of God, if this wasn't true. You're talking about millions and millions of individuals over centuries. No
in this world of sadness and evil could claim to not have damaging aspects. What impossibly high standards you set! Every country, every system of
political or economic thought, everything would stand condemned because people are flawed, they have weakness inside them. But that condemns the
people, not the religions. I don't think that you want, at least in this thread, to compare various religions.
4. I don't think we should 'believe' in intelligent life elsewhere; only that the odds overwhelmingly favor it. It would be far less likely
that we are the only planet with intelligent life, than that the local galaxy is teeming with life, some of it highly advanced and also by virtue of
the odds, far more advanced than we are.
As strange as it may seem, the existence of other life either leaves me unconcerned, or frightened.
Unconcerned, because it's existence or non-existence has no meaning for my thoughts and beliefs, or how I live my life. Frightened, because if we do
find any, what are the odds that mankind will destroy, enslave, or corrupt them? If we find any, my advice would be to run back home and leave them
alone on their own path.