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I read this today and found it deeply provocative. Thought I would share and see what you all thought:

"On the day of judgment, God will surely scold us in these terms: 'Since you saw that on earth all is vicious and criminal why did you lose yourselves on the road of virtue? The perpetual disasters which I, God, have imposed upon the universe, how could they fail to convince you that I love only disorder? Every day I supplied you with examples of destruction, so why did you not destroy? Imbeciles! Why did you not imitate me?'

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It is an interesting concept, is it not? Of course, the Bible argues for and against a vengeful God. These days God is a benevolent being. Yet, it wasn't so long ago that brimfire and hell were the calling cards of the Christian faith. Yet, I think this quote moves beyond that, to make you question. If God is all powerful, all knowing, would he not prevent the calamities that befall us? Why create tornadoes that destroy entire towns, Tsunamis that wipe out entire islands, earthquakes that devastate the vulnerable, plagues and sickness that bring down the weak and mighty alike, crazed gunman that kill innocent children. We could surely point and say that these are the works of the devil but wouldn't that be the same as saying the devil is more powerful; that God has no power to balance out the hand of evil?

I find especially interesting the phrase "road of virtue". We associate this phrase as meaning to live a life full of goodness and morality. Yet here, the phrase implies just the opposite.

Thoughts?

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Fallflower
Posted on 01:13PM on Apr 11th, 2013
The Bible depicts a god who is violent, but only as punishment for straying off the road of virtue. So the passage above makes no sense to me and is kind of trollish.

In any case I think natural disasters and evil people are not god's direct work, they are just a result of how the cookie crumbled after innumerable factors and events interacted. Same thing for happy accidents.
Siribol
Posted on 01:32AM on Apr 12th, 2013
You forget, however, that we live in a world of sin. Chaos is bound to happen. It does not mean that God cannot control it, He can. I believe that bad things happen because it is a bad and cruel world. God allows things to happen because when sin occurs, punishment must follow. Who am I to question His actions? But although you brush aside the work of Satan, he is quite a presence. It isn't that God cannot control him, He allows him to work. He dares him to work. Because those who truly love and follow Him will only grow stronger and closer to Him during the trials and hardships presented by him. Sometimes it takes events that bring us to our knees that brings us to Him. Because we are a broken and sinful world. The actions of men are not the actions of God. God did not create this world to be disorder and chaos. He wanted it to be Eden. He wanted it to remain in peace. For that is what He is. That is what He calls us to be. People of Peace. It does not mean that we won't experience hardship and terrible ordeals - Christ promises that we will - but rather that we will find peace in the chaos because Christ is with us, for God stands with us and fights for us.

We should not, and cannot, put God in our descriptions and understandings. His benevolence and His wrath is completely different than ours. His wrath is always that of a parent, punishing His child after doing something wrong. His punishment is always out of good for the child. Only He has the power to judge and allot true and just judgement. For He is pure. We, finite beings, are trying to understand God, an infinite being. Our finite minds cannot begin to comprehend the concept of infinity.

This is, of course, if you believe in God. If not, then nothing I say will make sense.
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