If god answers prayers and makes miracles, he is directly intervening with our lives. so why wouldnt he intervene to prevent, say, babies from being brutally beaten, raped, and murdered? babies are the most innocent and deserving of intervention to prevent suffering. Unless babies are condemned, even before their birth, because of the sins committed by a remote ancestor. original sin does not make sense as a solution to this because we are supposed to be judged and convicted as individuals, we are each accountable for our own choices, we are not condemned for the choices of others.6 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
consider it, a god could have made equals -other gods - that he could relate to and find companionship with. Instead he created inferiors, people to serve him, bow to him, worship him. his creations have free will, they can choose eternal servitude or eternal torture (tough call) You can love your slaves very dearly, but does that change the fact that they are still slaves?
If say christianity were the one true religion, aren't those born into christian families getting the upper hand, while those born into muslim families, or jewish families, are being condemned before their birth? If you are born in afghanistan to a muslim family and are surrounded by those who reinforce the idea that islam is the one true religion, it is extremely probable you will be a muslim too. It is overwhelmingly probable that you will follow the same religion as your parents.
It is argued that living things must be designed because they are made up of complex intricate parts that work together as a whole, and they are too complicated to come about by chance (evolution is an alternative to chance and design). If god is eternal, he must exist in the absence of 'cause' and 'design' which means his existence was a freak accident, he exists by chance.He cant exist be'cause' of anything because he's eternal. Gods contious rational intelligence, his sense of beauty and morality, his ability to feel and imagine things thatdon'tt exist- would exist by random chance. You cannot call such a god simple. He might as well be made up of complex intricate parts that work together as a whole, these characteristics do appear designed. A god capable of designing a universe filled with living things, by statistical probability, must be at least, if not more, complicated than the universe with living things. Therefore its more unlikely for a god to exist by chance than the things he is supposed to explain. If we think its impossible for a universe with living things to come about in the absence of cause and design, then its certainly impossible for a god capable of designing it, to exist in the absence of cause and design
the whole concept of punishment relies on the person being punished having a chance to use what they've learned from the punishment and to redeem themselves. if punishment if infinite, the punishment has no purpose at all, so it is just torture. a god could just eliminate a soul rather than putting them in infinite punishment.11 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
an example of an alleged being for which there is no evidence are fairies. there is no evidence of fairies, but we dont give them an automatic 50% chance of existing, and we certainly dont believe in them. We out right disbelieve in fairies, because there is no evidence. An absence of evidence is evidence of absence.
We don't need faith to believe bats rely on sonar to navigate in the darkness because there is evidence. the need for faith is an admission that evidence is lacking. If faith meant to evaluate evidence to draw a conclusion then we would just call it science, faith means to believe without evidence. Faith is often used to convince ones' self that conclusions are certain, that can neither be observed or demonstrated.18 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
If he cannot create such a rock, then he is not omnipotent, and if he cannot lift it, he is not omnipotent. there is 'something' that god cannot do. So can god only do what is logically possible? If so, wouldnt a universe like ours have to already be logically possible?14 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
i've noticed there arn't many people who know there are any theories of how a cell can come about. In his book he gives several theories which can give us a picture of what a solution would look like to this problem. It described how the cell was the 'end product' of natural selection working on that small scale. It also described the various organelles and structures found in cells to be smaller parts that integrated together and became specialized by natural selection. it also includes various experiments that support the theory.
If you beleive god is the 'son' of god, and not 'god' why worship him as though he were a god? i agree with many people who believe the idea of the trinity, that jesus is god, the holy ghost is god, and of course god is god - is flirting with polytheism, there are three separate gods even if you call all three of them one thing. if god is god, and jesus is his son, those are two separate individuals12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
i know you dont know, just give me your own opinion12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
If any of the known religions are indeed 'the one true religion' why doesnt it stick out like a sore thumb to everyone? Why isnt everyone imprinted with the ability to recognize divine knowledge when they see it?- if its important that we believe the right religion. An all knowing god would know exactly what sort of evidence every individual needs to believe, and if he is all powerful he is capable of providing that evidence. During our lives, rather than after we're dead, is the relevant time to be presented with this evidence.
if god isnt all powerful, why call him god?8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
we believe bats use sonar to navigate in the darkness because there is evidence, we don't have to rely on faith to believe that at all. The need for faith is an admission that evidence is lacking. Faith means belief without evidence, if it meant belief based on evidence we would call it science. Faith seems to mean believing by sheer will and want to believe, to turn any honest uncertainty into absolute certainty16 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
and if he's all powerful, wouldnt he be capable of providing that evidence?16 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
There is no purpose to punishment if the punishment is infinite Even if you learned your lesson from suffering in hell or had change of heart, it wouldnt matter because your going to be punished forever anyway. The only purpose to torturing someone forever, rather than destroying them, would be to creully torture them. hell would be like gods trash can where he throws his waste.10 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
If hell never ends it doesnt matter if you learned your lesson from your punishment. eternal punishment would serve no purpose, hell would be like gods trash can where he throws his waste, serving no purpose other than creul torture. why not just destroy you?1 AnswerReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
If there was no free will in heaven, satan couldnt have rebelled. If we go to heaven when we die, we will be in the same place, under the same conditions, as satan when he rebelled. some choose to rebel and go to hell, and some dont and stay in heave. but given infinite time, wouldnt everyone eventually sin and go to hell?8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago
(atheists) What is your reaction when people at work regularly ask you about your religious beleifs?
I tell them that i consider it unproffessional to discuss religion or politics at work, but they act suspicious that im not constantly talking about religion and asking people to pray for me. where im working now, everyone is a early earth fundumentalist christian extremist. Its actually unusual, i never saw anything like it in the work place. what would you do in my situation?13 AnswersReligion & Spirituality8 years ago