reply to post by Jakes51
Of course it doesn't hurt. But something we must consider is that we're used to asking these questions about our human leaders. If something happens,
we automatically think there's a reason. We think there's a purpose, an agenda, some scheme intended to take something from us for something else's
benefit. These are questions we ask to decide whether we want to be mad or not, and if so, then how mad?
What is it just is? We may ask "why gravity", but we don't look for an agenda. We just want to know the laws behind it. But we don't look at "God"
that way. There must be a human agenda, a human motive behind all these machinations.
If it's not human, why ask human questions? If it's not human, why assume there is a human answer? Why do we think that even if there is an answer,
we'll be able to understand it? That's why all these answers we get, they are so utterly vague and pointless. They don't match the nature of what
these answers describe. Something that is literally omniscient is unconscious, mentally stagnant. It's an automatic program that has every variable in
place from the beginning until the end. It's an infinite sequence on autoplay. There's no NEED to be alive. This applies to omnipotence as well. Every
single possibility out of an infinite number of possibilities has been considered in the blink of an eye, a trillion-segment course of action decided
upon in an instant. Set all the parameters, save the file, execute. Take a coffee break and process the analysis when the sequence is complete.
That's what happens when something is omniscient and omnipotent. Our entire universe, from birth to death, fully programmed and scheduled, and gone in
the blink of an eye. It's entirely conceivable that according to the Bible, this entire world went unnoticed except for some stray superbeings left
over from previous experiments stopping by and screwing with the newbies for a while. Then they got bored because we were just too easy to screw with.
We don't provide a challenge. You want war? Boom, done in a couple days. You want genocide? Boom, done in a few weeks. You want to be worshipped?
Hell, that's a few minutes work. Nope, no challenges to be found here.
That's the reality of the Christian god. Realistically, you have two options:
One, the Bible is entirely accurate and this world is the .045 millisecond lifespan science experiment of a greater entity...
Two, the Bible is inaccurate and almost everything about it is patently false on the surface. There may be diamonds in the rough, but fundies are
gonna have a bad day.
That's what we're looking at here. If you have any questions or objections, I'm more than willing to discuss it with you. If that's all, then let the
discussion carry forward. I just wanted to make all the above clear to ATS.
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