Just like he used the old testament god is described as imposing suffering and death of Job, his family and servants to make a point to satan. Do you really believe a perfect God would abuse his creation to make a point? If you abused your child to make a point we'd call you less than human. Do you really believe God is less moral than we are?
Ok, I am not going to go through all the scripture quoting or anything of that sort. But you are stating that you believe in God. Or at least you are debating His Word and what it means.
So..As for the statement about God allowing people to suffer, and allowing things to happen. He gave us free will. So if we have free will then we have the choice to worship God, and be one of His children.. Does He not have the right to test us ( through allowing things to happen ) to see how strong are faith in Him is, and if it is true? Many times the only way we learn more about God and become closer to Him, is through the tribulations He allows. He says that He will never give us more than we can handle. As for Job. We have never been put through what Job went through. To lose all, to fall ill, to be left completely alone. Yet Job STILL worshipped God, and kept his faith in Him. He did not say " God this is cruel of you to test me in such a way, and to allow such things to happen".I doubt your or many of us would be able to be so strong as Job was in that situation.And what happened in the end ? Job had everything restored to him.God did not say "Hey thanks Job. Just wanted to prove to Satan that you are Mine, and My child. Sorry about your losses." As for the blind man..when Jesus gave him sight ..did he say " How dare your Father allow me to be born blind in order for you to show His power"??? No.
If God did not allow things to happen, in order for us to see His works and His will, then how would we ever know or learn? Is not the Bible an accont of things said and done in order for us to learn more about God and His way?, and will for us? And also, that is where faith comes into play. If we have faith that there is a God, and we have faith in God, then we need to have faith in the things He allows, no matter what His reason(s) may be for them.
You said " If you abused your child to make a point we'd call you less than human" How can you compare God's actions or allowances to those of our own? We are no where to being on the same level as God.We can be Christ-like when we accept Jesus as our Savior. But even then we could not compare ourselves to God.No one can, nor will ever be comparable to God.
God does not abuse His creation. He allows things to happen for His own reasons. And if we want to sulk and cry about what we feel is unfair then that is our free will to do so. Instead , we could seek God and learn lessons from why such things happen, or maybe our situation that He has allowed will become a testimony to someone else. And probably many things we will never know as to why they were allowed, and that is ok.
Yes God could simply allow everything to happen in a positive way without pain, suffering, anger, grief, and so on. But we live in a sin filled world. How would we understand tribulations and triumphs in life, if God allowed nothing bad to ever befall anyone?
We are down here, God is up there. Why we only see and hear about what happens around us, He sees the whole picture.
|Like isn't equal. Which is it? You are relying on a nuance of language from a document passed through the centuries, also based upon some man-made concordance. Yet you know with complete assurance based upon this fact that angels have souls. |
You seem not to believe that the Bible is as the true Word of God. Yes it was written by man and things have been translated through the years, but it is STIlL the Word of God.And the Truths of it are as strong as they were when the Bible came into place.