Firstly, thank you for actually giving a direct answer to my question. For focusing more on actually answering my question than twisting yourself in knots trying to second guess my intentions. Often, a question is just a question. Crazy but true.
I quite agree - I could do more for the starving. If I sold up absolutely everything I owned today, house and car and possessions and all, I could give hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This is true. But isn't it also true that you could do a lot more good with very little extra sacrifice? I don't claim to know this, it's a genuine question. But I do get the impression you and I are on pretty similar paths...good job, few kids, 40ish, first world country
...and I know full well that I could do a lot more than I currently do, with pretty minimal sacrifice.
He could give everyone everything they ever needed and wanted, and still have everything. He can give away a dollar, and still have his dollar - and a billion dollars more.
I think that is a big assumption, based on incomplete knowledge. But I really never intended this particular discussion to be about God. I've talked about God in some of my other posts on the forum.
MM's question - is effectively how he can trust that a person who could give £10 (but only give £1), would give £1000 dollars when they had $infinity.
It's not so much a matter of 'can I trust it' as 'Are you sure'?
The problem is that as has been said, he does not appear to understand the concept of a limitless god (or a limitless amount of resources).
I understand that concept, although I did ask Median to clarify what he meant when he used the term, in order to better aid discussion, because I think it may not mean the exact same thing to everybody, as I will explain in just a moment
Why don't I give any more than I do? Ultimately, I guess, its fear. I look at the world, at the banks, at the way we are burning through our resources, and then I look at my wife and my children. And ultimately, I think to myself "I could give away more - but what might happen tomorrow? What might happen to them if I give away a little too much?"
Thankyou again for a direct answer, and I have 100% confidence in your sincerity.
I assume, then, that your position is that if this fear could be removed there would be nothing further to stop you from helping the whole world? If you had unlimited ability to give and give and give but still keep all your own money, you would be able to eliminate everyone's hunger problems.
A starving child in Africa might look at your bank balance, and look at your monthly expenditure on things such as recreational activities, deserts, etc etc and think "why is this person not helping me? I can see the comfort he lives in, can't he buy me another few months of rice? I can't think of any reason other than pure sadism"
Would he be justified in thinking that? Would he think differently if he was made aware of what was stopping you from doing more? Would he understand?
My question is: when we don't have all the facts, can we say for sure what we would do if we had unlimited ability to do it? That's the crux of my question.