Where has God killed people?
or are you going to quote people who blamed their God or gods for rain, hail and snow?
Give the old testament a quick thumbing through and you can find an answer to this. One big one comes to mind that being the flood.....If you really take anything in the holy books as truth.
I look at the bigger picture. I dont get my theology from people who talk to burning bushes. We have to be careful today it is either true or false, but the ancient world was completely different, they were open. Did God really write the commandments with His finger? or is that a symbol the ancients would of understood as being very important, you dont mess with these rules?
Thank you James. First of all I have to say I am heretic, I do not believe in hell, well the 21st century Christian hell which is a very similar form to a pagan idea of hades. And I do not believe that one has to be a Christian to be saved. Jesus died for everyones sins, not just Christians or the Jews so our default position is 'saved' When Jesus tell His disciples 'to go and tell the whole word' He never says, 'save the world' He already did that on the cross.
I find it amusing today that Chtistians believe that they have to save the world and what was done on the cross is nullified.
I believe in a loving God who accepts us for who we are and if we live by what we consider right and to the best of our abilities we will get to heaven. Being a 'Christian' does not get one to heaven. Romans 2 talks about Gentiles who do not know the law and will be judged by their hearts.
So those are my thoughts, which I believe are backed up by the Bible in an exegetical manner.
HUH? seems like you are just picking and choosing what you like? One question do you believe the bible is infallible?
No. This is an agruement about the 'Problem of Evil' I dont know why there is evil, there is evil. We live with it, it doesnt mean that God is not love or He does not exist.
If God was to get rid of evil, He would also have to get rid of good.
Removing one end of the contiuum does not render the whole thing invlaid. We'd just need new words to describe what used to be 'good' but would now be the norm.
If God removed disease, famine, violence and the urges that fostered these things why would he also have to remove selflessness, heroism, love, caring, courage, honesty, responsibility?
The real question is not "Why does God allow these things to happen?". The real question you should ask yourself is, "Why did my all-loving God inflict these things on the world He created in the first place?"