This is an excerpt taken from a post regarding child fatalities as a result of being left in a car alone. How could god, with his omnipotence, or angels sit by as a child slowly roasts to death, and the parent/guardian/anybody remains completely oblivious? Makes me sick.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Taken from Snopes.com
"More shocking than these accounts is the knowledge that this list represents only a tiny fraction of the infant and toddler deaths that regularly occur from kids being left in cars. In 2002, 30 children died in the United States after being left alone in cars, and in 2001 there were 34 such deaths. A parked car on a warm day can quickly become the last place you'll see your child alive. Some days, it takes only 30 to 45 minutes to kill a little one left inside. And cars heat up quickly — that it's the morning and the sun isn't yet properly heating up the air doesn't delay matters much. Neither will cracking the window a bit, as many a bereaved pet owner will tell."
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This is just a simple post, but profound when we're discussing a benevolent god. I really can't fathom how it never bothered me much when I was living as a Christian.
This issue has been dealt with many, many times, but it's nice to put it in my own words and express my own bewilderment and thoughts.
The crux of the issue lies in the omniscient god of the Bible creating life with the full foreknowledge that his creation will be destroyed and ultimately cast into an eternal inferno. If indeed Yahweh is omniscient, he could easily eliminate this issue by not creating those that will ultimately fail to obey and believe in him. Instead, in an incomprehensible fashion, he goes ahead and creates those who will ultimately inherit eternal punishment.
Let's just look at the world wide flood. Every single living being with the exclusion of Noah and his family is now roasting in hell, forever separated from god's love (or anyone else's for that matter). Is there any reason why a loving god would allow this? How about a just god? Would a just god create beings that he already knew would fail? Rhetorically speaking, is god not promulgating a greater injustice by setting people up for inevitable failure to begin with?
Perhaps, god isn't omniscient after all. This places problematic limitations on god and appears to contradict Biblical passages proclaiming his seeming omniscience: 1 John 3:19-20
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
Everything? He knows everything yet he creates those that he knows will betray him and inherit eternal punishment. I have a real problem with this and wonder how Christians reconcile it when made privy to it. I never paid much attention to the dilemma as a Christian, and I suspect many just avoid it altogether.