Posted by Ezekiel 25:17 on November 21, 2001 at 05:42:12:
In Reply to: Re: 3 questions posted by Exodus 22:19 on November 20, 2001 at 16:07:31:
: : Apart from the bible, is there any actual signs one can point to in stating that God is just, merciful or even cares one iota about the existence of humans?
: Well Maw, there is lots.
: #1 I don't see Satan anywhere. Except when I look at Cher. But maybe that's just me.
My advice, don't look at Cher :)
: #2 If God didn't give a stuff, why would we exist in the first place?
God or a Creator may have created the universe, but the creatures which have evolved since the inception are not necessarily by design. Evolutionists can field this question, I won't go here.
: #3 Even if we are just one big experimental joke, I can think of funnier ones. But I suppose humour is always in the eye of the beholder...
I always thought it was anti-magic and a lot of nasty side effects which were in the eyes of a beholder.
: : Does the existence of God necessarily mean the existence of the devil?
: Well that's a bit tough isn't it. No. They're just arbitrary concepts designed to describe good and evil. I think when most people think of God though, they're thinking of a greater power, not necessarily the Biblical type God.
Does the fact God exist, necessarily imply that God is good?
: : What qualities or attributes should God have to make
: : him/her/it worth believing in? (e.g. Merciful, loving, omnipotent)
: Don't you think that's a bit beside the point. You can believe in God if you find reason to believe. It's not a matter of what qualities God has.
: If God is an omnipotent all powerful being, as I'm sure you like to think, then don't you think that saying "Well, gee God I'd like to believe in you, but you don't magic up enough chocolate for me these days." is going to cut it?
: Maybe your idea of God is Jeanne from "I dream of Jeanie"
: Come to think of it, it's mine too :)
I believe the point I was getting towards is not the tangible benefits you can receive from a deity moreas to the inherent characteristics that make it worth believing in. If God made arbitrary rules that made no sense and had clear bias, than from that you can infer that perhaps your choice of deity has something to be desired.
If you were going to believe in a deity, wouldn't the natural inclination be towards a loving, merciful and just deity?
I'm afraid I never watched that show :)
But as you were kindly enough to answer my 3 questions, I'll grant you 3 wishes.
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