Monday, April 21, 2008 3:31:01 AM
But I'm just letting you know, I don`t feel like I`m doing gymnastics.
For the record I`m not saying that I`m just gonna accept what people tell me and then say, "It`s a matter of faith." I like to think for myself and find out as much as I can, but a part of it is acceptance that I don`t know everything about God, I wasn`t there at the beginning of eternity, I cannot possibly have God`s perspective. There is a level of acceptance that I would need if I DIDN`T believe in God. After all, you can`t understand everything about the Universe, either.
Monday, April 21, 2008 3:26:52 AM
"I hear ya PandaLoMein, and I didn't mean to insult Christians per se. Most of my loved ones are Christians. I just find the idea rediculous and I don`t see why one should go through the mental gymnastics in trying to rationalize this so called paradox. It involves all sorts of backbending definitions of God in order to make sense of him. If he`s just left out of the equation, then everything makes more sense."
The book of Job deals with this issue.
It`s not the most popular book of the bible, but it deals with this question. Basically, when Job questions God about what he has been put through, God replies, "Where were you at the beginning of eternity? Until you know a little more about being God, don`t think you can possibly understand my motivations and tell me how to do my job."
Probably not the most popular book in the bible. But the point is, how can you think God should or should not do? It`s fair enough that you don`t believe in him. I respect that.
Sunday, April 20, 2008 1:01:50 PM
Well apermal, there could be a god besides the one you believe in, in which case your still in deep poo, and god probably cares more about you being a good person in general than you believing in him for solely selfish reasons, like getting into heaven.