Your depravitywhy does an all-powerful, all-loving God allow kids to die of cancer?
Okay, so far so good. We have a God who wants to ..
Yes. Are you not convicted of your sin. Are you happy with the hurt caused you or by the hurt you may have caused.So God created us, and we have a sinful nature. I mean, every single one of us is so full of sin that we all need saving, we all deserve to get tortured in hell. The implication here is that God messed up when he created us. Or set the bar to high.
The bar was merely to not rebel against Him. He is Holy
Man rebelled. You are in rebellion to God (Even if you think He does not exist)
No. Why are you unable to just do good?Seriously, if you have a school where every child fails everything, the fault ...
God gives you the opportunity to try. He has given you the lesson. He is even willing to be with you and give you the answers for your exam.
He will not force you to ask Him, or to search. That is all you.
I have a friend who is a school teacher. She tells the kids while giving them class which questions will be in the exam, and ALL failed the exam.
Not her fault.
You are still trying to make God culpable.
Your computer goes to a porn site if you direct it to go there. God does not direct you to a porn site.1. I am dubious you can call an automaton a slave. I think the point about slaves is that they do have free will, but cannot exercise it. Does anyone think it immoral to have a computer? Does anyone regard their computer as a slave...
It is you who would WANT to go there for your own satisfaction (Example only)
Lets use a more human example:
A young woman gets a letter from a secret admirer. She is flattered at first, but she is unable to track this person down. She then becomes alarmed because the admirer turns into a stalker, who eventually takes her against her will and forces her to love him.
God does not work like that. He does not force Himself on anyone. He does allow circumstances whereby it is possible for EVERY person to deny self, and depend on Him.
The thing that prevents all people from not believing in God is their own pride and clinging on to self. People refuse to be in submission, because that may make you a slave. Yet they have become a slave to sin, obeying their master at every turn.
Sin is enjoyable, otherwise we would not sin. Not everything that is enjoyable is sin, but all those little things we so in the dark
I cannot say exactly what it will be like in heaven. The bible mentions the following:2. What is it like in heaven? Are people free to sin? Or are they automata? Or could there be a third option?
Heaven is a real place described in the Bible. The word “heaven” is found 276 times in the New Testament alone. Scripture refers to three heavens. The apostle Paul was “caught up to the third heaven,” but he was prohibited from revealing what he experienced there (2 Corinthians 12:1-9).
If a third heaven exists, there must also be two other heavens. The first is most frequently referred to in the Old Testament as the “sky” or the “firmament.” This is the heaven that contains clouds, the area that birds fly through. The second heaven is interstellar/outer space, which is the abode of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects (Genesis 1:14-18).
The third heaven, the location of which is not revealed, is the dwelling place of God. Jesus promised to prepare a place for true Christians in heaven (John 14:2). Heaven is also the destination of Old Testament saints who died trusting God’s promise of the Redeemer (Ephesians 4:8). Whoever believes in Christ shall never perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The apostle John was privileged to see and report on the heavenly city (Revelation 21:10-27). John witnessed that heaven (the new earth) possesses the “glory of God” (Revelation 21:11), the very presence of God. Because heaven has no night and the Lord Himself is the light, the sun and moon are no longer needed (Revelation 22:5).
The city is filled with the brilliance of costly stones and crystal clear jasper. Heaven has twelve gates (Revelation 21:12) and twelve foundations (Revelation 21:14). The paradise of the Garden of Eden is restored: the river of the water of life flows freely and the tree of life is available once again, yielding fruit monthly with leaves that “heal the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2). However eloquent John was in his description of heaven, the reality of heaven is beyond the ability of finite man to describe (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Heaven is a place of “no mores.” There will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more sorrow (Revelation 21:4). There will be no more separation, because death will be conquered (Revelation 20:6). The best thing about heaven is the presence of our Lord and Savior (1 John 3:2). We will be face to face with the Lamb of God who loved us and sacrificed Himself so that we can enjoy His presence in heaven for eternity.
As to whether or not people are free to sin in heaven, you have to understand salvation.
Let me put it this way: God is light and in Him there is no darkness. When you are saved, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to you.
Darkness cannot enter Light. It cannot exist in light. That is why the unrighteous cannot be reconciled to God.
With the imputed righteousness of Christ, there will no longer be temptation, as He was tempted in every way and never gave in to temptation.
That would be your interpretation again.3. Also, Lev 25 makes it clear ...
God allowed it. Man was going to do it with or without God's permission. God gave man the Law not because it is His perfect standard, but rather attainable by man.
8Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, ....
What is this saying: It says that the law was given not to a just people, but rather to lawless and disobedient people, for the ungodly and for sinners.
He then lists the type of people which includes enslavers.
They will be judged against the moral law given regarding slavery.
It is not that difficult to understand if you gave a real interest.
Already addressed.4. And that brings to what is moral anyway. If God really is the source of morality as Christians usually claim then if God kept automata...
Even in heaven you will not be an automaton. How just would it be if God interjected in your every move and stopped you from doing that which your heart wants to do.
Taking that freedom away is the highest form of slavery, but you seem to have no problem with a just god somehow doing that.
So what do you think He is like? Of course He is personal and desires a relationship with you.That is a great argument.
But incompatible with the claim that God loves us.
Either you can say: We are like ants or even germs to him, and what does he care about our petty lives? Or you can say: He is a personal God who loves each and every one of us individually. You do not get to flip between two disparate concepts of God ...
You do not hold a desire to be in relationship with God. He leaves you to what you want, He does not force Himself onto you.
I am not worthy to try and make and excuse for God... By definition, I would be an imbecile. Do you think I can for one second determine all that God has in plan for 7 Billion people living today.The reason we will not believe is that .....
What interactions are there. People scream and shout at each other every day. There are tears and laughter. People get robbed and we continue life in this fallen world.
I have a hope that you do not have. It is the same rain that falls on both of us, yet I have a sure and steadfast hope, and you are left with nothing.
What insults? Is it insulting for me to say you are biased in your view.The Bible in that verse you quote is implicitly acknowledging that people have been saying it makes no sense for the best part of 2000 years. Christians have been using the same arguments all that time...