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Additional information on testing God [#882]
« on: December 31, 2008, 09:35:42 PM »
Your website says:

*Rationalization #7*
Someone might say, "Thou shalt not test the Lord. It says so in the Bible." --
http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/god5.htm

In fact, God says directly that we *should* test him several times in
scripture.  See, e.g. Mal. 3:10.

Additionally, God seems to indicate that if you test him, you will prove his
works. E.g. "When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work"
(Psalm 95:9).

Given this, the rationalization that one should not test God seems somewhat
pointless; either that, or the perfect word of God supposedly preserved in
the Bible is not perfect after all.

During my training as a pastor, I was given a number of techniques by which
we could *actively encourage* people having crises of faith to "test God
out" through prayer and other tasks; the interpretation that God wants to be
tested is not unique, or even niche.

Thank you for putting together a well-constructed argument with solid,
unarguable facts as its basis. Your site has repeatedly helped me explain to
family and friends why I'm an atheist without alienating them, and for that
I'm grateful.

Cheers,
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Re: Additional information on testing God [#882]
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2008, 09:40:32 PM »
heck I alienated most of my friends in one year.
happy new year.