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Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by cocodrilo, May 8, 2014.
He's an awful parent. Never even met the deadbeat.
God is probably wincing right now at all the bad things you guys are saying about him. I'll bet he finds this collective-hive exhausting.
The smartest scientist in the world approached God and said, "Listen, we've decided we no longer need you. Nowadays, we can extract stem cells, clone people, transplant hearts, and all kinds of things that were once considered miraculous, and just today we think we've created a new kind of bacteria life using DNA that we made up!"
God said, "All right. To see whether or not you still need me, why don't we have a little man-making contest!"
"Okay, great!" the scientist said.
"Now, we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam," God said.
"That's fine," replied the scientist and he bent down to scoop up a handful of dirt.
"Whoa!" God said, shaking his head in disapproval. "Not so fast -- get your own dirt."
Hehe, they can have the dirt. God is a resourceful bugger. Dr. Gannon taught us that the Red Sea probably didn't actually part (he probably got the idea from a book), but rather dried to the extent that it was no more than inches deep at certain points, thus allowing safe passage. Then God proceeded to drown Pharoah's army in inches of water. How does the guy do it ?
That's a rhetorical question, right? I thought you knew everything about God.
He doesn't. So, help him out.
IMO "free will" is a cop-out in explaining man's predicament, and a poor one at that. It's blaming the victim. Man is created with the ability to follow his own independent will, so it's believed, and invariably, monumentally screws up, affecting not just his own miserable self but the whole world. But blame him and not the God who not only created him that way but knew beforehand that man would screw up. Given the reality of cause and effect, free will is a dubious concept to start with, and completely inadequate as an explanation of why things are the way they are. We simply don't know why.
I have no knowledge of god or the creator. Zero. I'm just endowed with a finely tuned BS detector.
Cop-out? Its a theory to answer the question of "why?" Those of us of faith cant explain everything, thats why its called faith. Call it a cop-out if you wish.
The unmitigated skeptics on this thread close their bedtime prayers by asking God if he has any questions.
And I'm saying it's a bad theory (man created with "free will," resulting in evil) because it's a bad reflection on God (who knew what happen). That's why I characterize the promotion of an intrinsically bad theory as a cop-out, the inability to offer anything better, instead of saying "We don't know."
I dont know WHY he did most things. I simply believe he did them. Free will seems to be something we all have.
Yes, it certainly "seems" that way. But free will vs. determinism has been discussed on this forum before. I will simply note, in a Christian context, that Saint Paul believed in predestination.
Im a born skeptic, my journeyvis guided by true faith, without which I am just as big a doubter as some here.
My skepical side yields to the side that has experienced God in personal ways and observes Him all around.
The key is I am an open minded skeptic. This allowed me to accept the faith that guides me.
I do not FWIW.
Paul also thought marriage was not the best option. Though God spoke of the institution of marriage as the very representation of our relationship with Him.
Paul did believe in predestination.
Whatever it meant.
That was because he thought the world was about to end. I'm sure he would have thought differently if he knew we were still going to be here, waiting, in 2014.
You may be asleep for awhile.
He didn't believe the world was going to end. He knew there would be a "crisis."