I just ran across this question in Mitch Albom's forthcoming book, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH. I thought it was an interesting topic of discussion. This can go in so many directions, I'm anxious to hear what you have to say about it.
If I had 5 minutes with God:
I'd ask if, when all is said and done, those who TRULY DO GOOD ON THIS EARTH, are indeed somehow rewarded in the afterlife. We see so many bad people get far in this life, and so many good people get the short end of the stick. Why does that happen? What is the reasoning behind it? Or is there any?
It will probably take him more than 5 minutes to answer that one question, so I'll leave it at that! Now for yours...
So you just reject the idea that we have free will and that WE choose evil, and instead believe in a god that would perpetrate the kinds of evils you mention? Or you believe we don't have free will, and everything we do is something God makes us do, that, in other words God is evil? Or do you believe God is powerless to stop the evil in the world? Or do you believe God could stop evil and just won't for some unanswerable reason?
You ask a cliche, and you clarify in no way and you want to get snotty about the fact that the answer is simple, direct, and already known? FREE WILL
why do we choose evil?is that the teachings of the holy? the excuse is always that we have free choice and that the supreme being is allowing all this evil because we have free choice.when do we separate myth from fact?is there really a god?are you sure and how do you know?
Yes, why do we choose evil when good is available? WHY? The teachings of the holy are pretty much all clear pleas to choose the good. God gave us this privilege, that borders on godhood itself, and teachings, and wise men to show us the correct path, and yet we still sometimes choose evil. I imagine that's God's big question too.
"Is there really a god, and are you sure and how do you know?" are other questions on this board.
THIS question assumes there is a God, you have five minutes, and you get one question. What I'm saying is your question is asked and answered.
The only way it could not be answered is if you reject that we have free will, which means entirely FREE, free to choose evil instead of god. If you reject free will and insist that we are completely at the mercy of a god who forces us to do evil, then, by definition you have defined God as evil. If you want that to be your answer, take it.
all hypothetical and assumptive as dawkins,hitchens and bertrand russel and other atheists have said as well as all the televangelists there is no real proof of all of this it is all based on individual blind faith.remember the bible is called the greatest story ever told!!!!!its what you've been told,taught and believe that is your own truth.
oh really what did you ask and how was it answered?again it is blind faith.another question if god created the universe who created god?if pre historic man and dinsauers walked the earth millions of years ago. god in the bible only goes back 6000 years and all the fossils discovered lately reinforce these theories.so all you scholars out there lets hear some answers.i contend its blind faith that dictates your truth.my own experience has been of prayer and appealing to god and jesus and never being answered.repent my sins and baptized and still nothing.is it me?i've done it all prayed the prayers and vowed the vows still nothing.is it because i'm a skeptic????????
How could you possibly know what I experience? My faith isn't blind. Blind faith is belief. Faith is knowing. When you know, there is no doubt. When there is no doubt, then there is peace, joy, call it what you want but you know it when you feel it. If you are truly looking for answers I suggest you try this website... www.wopg.org Try to listen with an open heart. Open minds attract all kinds of things but an open heart knows the Divine.
the same reason they believe televangelists who want their money, read the bible and beleive the greatest story ever told, pray to a fictitious being all for one reason insecurity!!!!!!!!!!!!! i repeat preying on their ibsecurity that sometinig outside themselves will bring them prosperity and security and a afterlife with or without 72 virgins,or no hell but heaven and eternal life depending on your belief.
I'm not a theologian by any means, but I think this question has been answered. It is in Romans that I remember that we don't have to do anything but believe in Him to be rewarded. Not by our works can we quarantee or bargain for rewards in Heaven, but by faith alone. Knowing this, we are freed of that doubt and allowed to let His devine spark work it's own good through us.
My question to God would be - why have you waited so long and still not returned in Glory to this age?