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Sure, and why not? If he's got the power then why not use it?Cory wrote: If God stopped that man from beating that toddler to death, wouldn't he have to stop every other sin in the world as well?
In your opinion. Others might believe the boy is simply biodegrading inside a coffin, and prematurely.Cory wrote:The toddler that was murdered is evidently rejoicing in heaven right now
If he is somewhere else and I emphasize the word "if", then I would agree with you. Considering this child's last experience alive, being savagely beaten to the point of being unrecognizable by paramedics attending to him, I wouldn't blame him for not wanting any part of humanity again.Cory wrote: I doubt he'd want to come back to earth
I'm a "touch, see, hear, feel" kind of guy Cory. Believing in something I cannot see is a bit problematic for me.Cory wrote:Any religion, as I see it, is something you believe in, not something you visualize
Assuming you're right then why the hell should I devote my life to someone who's under no obligation to do anything(back) for me?Cory wrote:God can't be blamed for our sins, "for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"
How do you know that though? How do you know God hasn't blessed you or your family and friends?wrote:...why the hell should I devote my life to someone who's under no obligation to do anything(back) for me?
I can't speak for the only three friends I have, all three grown men who have their own experiences. I can speak for myself Cory:Cory wrote: How do you know God hasn't blessed you or your family and friends?
If life was always good, it wouldn't truly be good, just the same. It's just like waves of sound; the frequency cant go one way without going the opposite first. If it didn't do that, sound would be nonexistent.packmule wrote:I can't speak for the only three friends I have, all three grown men who have their own experiences. I can speak for myself Cory:Cory wrote: How do you know God hasn't blessed you or your family and friends?
Blessing #1: until I was 12 years old I had no real family. I was an orphan and moved about from one group of people to another. Many of them were not pleasant but I was ignored and, in retrospect, it was probably the best result possible given the kinds of people I was around.
Blessing #2: I was adopted at age thirteen by a strict middle class family. No one in that family ever made me feel welcome and when I didn't live up to my adoptive father's expectations he essentially told me he regretted he'd ever adopted me to begin with.
Blessing #3: despite being part of this "adopted" family, from age 13 to age 34, I was, when my adoptive father died(in 1999), written out of his will by his three natural children(all are somewhat older than me).
I could go on with other things that have happened but I won't and I doubt you or anyone else around here would want to hear it. If you had lived my life thus far I think the last word you would use to describe the experience is "blessed"-that's my opinion on it. You believe what you want and I'll do likewise.
If there is a "bigger picture", as you suggest, then you're right, I ain't seeing it.Mwr247 wrote:My problems as I've mentioned before in the topic may not have been as bad as yours as you put them, but there's a bigger picture you can't see
Yes.Mwr247 wrote: Can you honestly say nothing good has ever happened to you?
Yes. Collectively these experiences have, at least according to two counselors I used to see(voluntarily on my own time), made me bitter, suspicious, unforgiving and possessing an underlying hostility towards anyone in life that I don't know personally. I'm amazed, sometimes, that I have any friends, truthfully. I see the need to get along with others at work and I do so. I see the need to get along with others I don't know because I believe in the right of every person to be respected by others. That and my belief in trying to live a life of responsibility has, more than anything, kept me going and nothing else.Mwr247 wrote: Can you say that those experiences couldn't have possibly helped shaped your character, helped you to become a better person, and maybe helped those around you as well?