I would like to pose a couple of questions to you. First, you seem to put a lot of emphasis on being smart and educated. my question to you is where do you think our abilities come from?
A few billion years of evolution.
If you do not believe you are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator, in His image, then I am interested to know where your joy, hope and reason for living come from?
From life itself. If life is not worth living on its own, if it has no intrinsic value other than to fear and love and worship Big Brother, then God's act of creation would seem pretty meaningless and pointless.
I would like to share the truth of God's Word with you, and answer any questions you may have.
Which God is that? There are thousands to choose from. Are you talking about the God who will make his arrows drunk with blood, and whose sword will devour flesh, the God who will avenge the blood of his servants, and who takes vengeance upon his enemies? That God? If your God is the God of the Bible, then you have
to answer yes to this question.
I am a passionate apologist.
If God is so awesome, and wrote the best book ever, either directly or through spiritual guidance, why does he need his lowly creation, such as yourself, to make excuses for him? Apologetics would be entirely unnecessary if the Bible was actually a coherent, non-contradictory, rational, moral, evidence based work of literature. The fact that "apologists" such as yourself exist seems to demonstrate that it is none of these things.
I do have one other thing to add if I may. You say God does not heal amputees, but cancer is cured all the time.
I hate to break this to you, but "amputation" is not the same thing as "cancer". I sure hope you are not a physician.
I have had 2 dear friends (both came to Christ as a result of their cancer diagnosis)
And yet Christopher Hitchens did not. Imagine that.
die from cancer over the past 2 years
I am sorry for your loss, but according to Jesus, they could not have been followers of his, since he says of those who are his followers "nothing shall by any means hurt you". Dying of cancer certainly falls under the category of "things which, by some means, hurt you", therefore, they could not have been True Christians. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this was what Jesus actually said on the matter.
with another one going through stage 4 lung cancer now. My one friend Scott, died at age 33, and his testimony was actually titled, "Blessed with Cancer" . You see, Scott was extremely successful by the world's standards, but went on to say that he truly never lived until cancer put everything in perspective for him.
You see, there are those of us who do not consider suffering to be a "blessing". Mother Teresa thought that suffering was a blessing, a gift from God, and that the suffering of others brought her closer to God. Yet when she was dying, she was not content to rely on the lord's grace to protect her (or not), she didn't feel compelled to live in her House of the Dying, wasting away in fear and pain and despair, until the end finally came, like she condemned so many others to do. Instead, she sought out the best science based medicine she could get.
Until he surrendered His life to Jesus, he never had true joy, peace, and contentment.
And how do you KNOW that he is with Jesus now? Don't you think that your savior would consider it just a teeny bit arrogant to suggest that his pitiful, wretched creation would be just as capable of determining who is saved and who is not as the Lord himself? If that was the case, why would we even need Jesus to begin with? The Bible says that God pre-destined who would be saved and who would be damned, and only God in his mercy (oh the irony) can determine this. Do you presume to know the mind of God?
We cannot explain this to you, it has to be revealed to you through the Holy Spirit,
And how does that happen, and what does it look like?
but I will pray for your heart to opened to the truth. To conclude my note, I will just say that Scott did get his healing, he is alive in eternity with the Lord in heaven.
Again, how do you know this? I was under the impression that God determines who he saves or not, and not his pitiful, apologizing dirt-men.
This world is a fallen world, marred by sin;
What exactly does this mean?
which brought about pain, death, and disease.
Pain, death and disease have been around for much longer than any pathetic human notion of divinity. Just ask the dinosaurs. Oh wait, you can't because they were wiped out by a asteroid 65 million years before anyone ever made up God.
Because that occurred, we are all not meant to live on this earth forever.
I wouldn't want to live on this earth forever. IT would get pretty boring after a few thousand years.
But we all will exist for eternity-
either with God or separated from Him forever- it is our choice to accept the free gift of salvation He offers us.
Eph.1:4-5 "He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will." In other words, no, it is not our choice, it is God's choice. Please try reading the Bible. And this "free gift" of salvation is only necessary because God was insulted by a dirt man and a rib woman eating a fruit, back when His omnipotence could easily be overthrown by a talking snake.
He cannot force us to accept Him, it would not be true love if we did not have a choice.
Sure, just like North Koreans have a "choice" to love and praise and thank and fear the Dear Leader. Is it time for your thorazine yet?
Thank you for your time. I urge you to search your heart, if there is a painful hurt , a loss you have suffered in your life that is causing you to want to turn people from God, if you are truly blaming God for something that has happened, please know there is healing from that pain.
IF God exists, and his all powerful and all knowing and transcends time, which his fans see to think, then he is, in fact, responsible for EVERYTHING that has happened, since he had the power, knowledge, and time to make things differently. If a person is aware that a child is being abused, and can do something about it, but doesn't, then they are considered to be a perpetrator of abuse by omission. This would make God the largest perp by omission of all time. He was even happy to have his own son tortured and killed in order to "save" us from his own wrath for stuff that imaginary people did in a mythical garden. Why is it that the all powerful, all knowing superdude of the universe is, according to his biography, only ever capable of initiating change through death, suffering, misery and destruction of the highest order? Why can't he do any better than an evil dictator? Could it be because the God you worship is, in fact, an evil dictator? A divine Big Brother? Why didn't God smite his enemies with adorable kittens and puppies, and send them rain showers of gold and diamonds, or turn their weapons into cupcakes? Wouldn't this have sufficed to demonstrate his power and benevolence? Wouldn't a God who is supposed to be the definition of good have something better up his sleeve than killing people? God even kills people for complaining that God kills too many people. This is not benevolence, this is wickedness
"If someone obeys God's teaching, then in that person God's Love has truly reached its goal." 1 John 2:5
So if you had a daughter, and she was found to not be a virgin on her wedding day, and she was stoned to death on your front porch, would that not be the paragon of God's love reaching it's goal? Don't give me the usual piffle about the Old Testament being "only for the Jews". Jesus was Jewish, and makes very clear that he came to see the OT fulfilled, and berated those who didn't follow it. And if the OT is "only for the Jews" then don't use it to pitifully justify Jesus and the NT testament supposedly fulfilling OT prophecy. Note that "the Jews" have examined the same prophecies, and Jesus' alleged fulfillment of them, and determined that he doesn't make the cut. If the very people whose prophecies they are do not think that their criteria have been met, then it seems that you are worshiping a false prophet, and we all know where that gets you. Better bring the hot dogs and smores, because it's supposed to be awfully hot in hell.