Ok I did say sorry about not doing a good job on specific questions I start now on doing better.
Quote from: screwtape on August 08, 2012, 07:45:41 AM
If you had the super powers of god, if you had the magic to do anything, would you use them to help people? Would it be immoral if you did not?
Would you hide from people?
Would you insist they believe in you without seeing you?
Would you destroy them if they didn't love you?
Well this question is very interesting to me and important in many senses but I have my own questions about the questions themselves. Seeing how I'm human it is basically not possible for me or any of us to say what we would do if we had those powers. Do you mean if I had the same exact mind and conscious I have now what would I do? That just doesn't make much sense to me I dont know for sure if that's what you meant but gaing such powers I think logically would change other things about you or me.
To answer I'd say I would do as much good as I could without changing and messing up the balance of this world with all the possibilities it makes like the love you can experience and things of that nature.
I think what helped me understand some of this was the biblical story of Balaam, how he keeps saying he gets the same answer from God yet in the end he chooses in multiple situations almost the worst choices possible which God told him not to. And we see God can try and gets things through to us but there comes a point when he respects our free will enough to say fine have it your way.
Now I'll take a story about Jesus, a desciple asked if Jesus would prove what he was saying by a miracle that he could see. Jesus did so and said that it is much easier for those who have seen but the ones who believe and haven't seen that takes more strength. Personally it takes far more faith to believe in anything else whether it's any other religion or naturalism or anything else.
What is a better way for this higher power being of sorts, to reveal and resonate with humans then to send himself to us in human form to try and get his message across.
For me right now in life it is much harder for me to come to terms with not believing this then to believe. you have no proof for many things you stated I would suggest, that God does no good in the world, that he destroys people for not loving him.
To really answer I would do things just the way the God Christ spoke about in the bible. I know you all think the bible says that God approves and does many bad things but I will do my best to show why I think otherwise.
I believe in the bible where it says the God knows more then we will ever know and he is perfect and I believe he can do a better job at what he does then me with these super powers could ever do. God reveals himself to me everyday I haven't given the best examples so far I'll concede that with ease.
For me the best way to start everyday is with God and in the word, now there are many days I don't get to do this but I try and get better with it. For these struggles we face daily in life, emotional and existential and all the battles we face, and also all the other experiences in life, it is all these things that I promise there Is direct connection there is no way to me in my thinking, it is a coincidence I find his guidance and presence make everything not so much always easier, but it fills me with more love and compassion in a way I used to not experience ever at all. He enables me to see joy and love in places I never thought I could or would see it before.
On another note this is pretty important to me I think we might be able to agree here but we Will see, a lot of the time when wars have been and are fought by people claiming to be divinely just in the bloodshed, what many don't see at first what is really going on here is a radical person claiming this faith both doing the exact opposite of the teachings. Our western media does this lovely deed of naming all islamics like this as radicals, but no such term is used for Christians like this, they just say they are Christians. While some of them may be and some may not be claiming to be but either way what they are doing is against the true Christian theology, Jesus's life and teachings like to love your enemies and instead of fighting showing them love, that is what he used to battle with love and I think the story about the women with the alabaster ointment and all of the ideas it unfolds there. Sorry for getting off topic next I'll move from question to question best I can but while I have put some opinions out there you all have done the same.edited for readability