I think it is fair to say that if there is one true god, that god is misunderstood.
If one true god weren't misunderstood, there would likely be a universal understanding of one true god, one religion embraced or acknowledged. Agree?
Since many believe that the god they pray to, and have faith in, is the one true god, do you think it is possible for that god to explain things to humans in a way that they can understand and unify under/with that one god?
If your answer is no, this begs the question of omnipotence. If he cannot explain his will and his "mysterious" ways, how could this god be considered omnipotent?
If your answer is yes, then you are suggesting that god can explain his motives, but chooses not to. Why would an omnipotent being choose not to explain itself so that all humans understand it, which could lead to the understanding it prefers?
Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:34 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
I believe that God has revealed to us all that we need to know about Him in this lifetime. If I knew absolutely everything there is to know about God now, my Christian walk would be pretty boring. All things are just simply not ours to understand. People have an arrogance about them in the premise that they are entitled to know everything about God and His myriad infinities to a point that they know all there is to know. Ya know? lol. Sorry, I'm probably not doing a very good job of getting my answer across the way I'd like. About evil: God didn't create evil, but rather He allowed for the absence of good. If God had not allowed for the possibility of evil, we would be serving Him out of obligation, not choice..no?
Answer by popzaroo at 9:07 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
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Answer by popzaroo at 12:06 AM on Apr. 9, 2011
It would seem that, if there were a god that were omnipotent and omniscient, he would have planned things better so that everyone could know him and understand him in the same way. Instead it seems like a bad guessing game, with so many faiths claiming to worship the one true god, but all having a different understanding of what his laws are, how they should be applied, and having a different understanding of the rewards and consequences, without all of the confusing and conflicting stories of the holy books that were written by men who were influenced by the times they lived more than the actual and eternal word of their god. I'd think that a loving god would want his creations to succeed, rather than let his precious creations flounder in uncertainty, no one really knowing what he wants.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:14 AM on Apr. 9, 2011
That does seem like a game--and one that any child specialist would frown on if a parent were to play it with his children. Imagine a parent giving a child free reign--maybe a few rules at the beginning of the day, listing a few things that the child must not do, but no other interference--and then sitting back to watch the child make all the wrong choices. At the end of the day, the parent says to the child, "Johnny, I'm very disappointed in the choices you made. I wanted you to worship me and make your play all about how much you love me, but instead, you ate all of the frosting for the cake your mother was going to bake, drew on the walls, pulled the cat's tail, teased your sister and stole our neighbor's basketball. Because you made these choices, you will go to bed without any dinner, and you will have to be punished."
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:16 AM on Apr. 9, 2011
Answer by Nicoles2LilRams at 4:19 PM on Apr. 8, 2011
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