Darkkodiak wrote:I'm sorry if it comes across that I am trying to start some kind of debate, because I'm not. I'm trying to format the question in a yes or no answer format.
This topic is a little complex for simple yes and no answers. I have a long, complicated history with religion (Christianity, to be more specific). I've also spent years thinking, praying, etc. about this stuff. I don't like being boxed in when being asked about my personal beliefs. I'd rather give honest, thoughtful answers. To do otherwise isn't fair to either of us.
For the purpose of refocusing the question, I would define the details as below:
If you knew = You fully believe that you have clear evidence that God exists
Okay, with you so far.
In this scenario, you do not have any information that would suggest that God wants to change you, and you don't know why God would want to change you. All you know is that God loves you and cares about you.
I'd ask how I knew that God loves and cares about me, but for now I'll just go with the premise.
In this scenario, you know that God exists and loves you (and all others). There is however, a variety of scenarios in which you do not understand, including but not limited to: the present human slavery industry, families getting beheaded in the middle east, child soldier armies, wars, drug/alcohol addictions, physical disabilities, mental disorders, natural disasters, and a host of other things that are generally socially classified as "bad things". You do not understand why these things are in the world, and you don't know if God is doing anything about it or not, but you cannot escape from this belief that God exists and loves you (and others) despite the bad things also existing. You disagree with God in the sense that you do not see action being taken in the way that you would take action in response to "bad things".
Okay, here's where the premise falls apart. I don't see myself accepting that such a god loves or cares about me, or anyone really. I can't see myself in this scenario. And that's why I can't answer yes or no to your question. It's also one of the reasons I don't believe in the Christian version of god, or any version of a god that claims to be omnipotent, all good, and all knowing. (Although I'm skeptical of pretty much all god claims.)
Any parent who sits by and watches while his or her child is hurt and abused is a monster. Assuming this God is omnipotent (correct me if that's not one of the parameters of the god in your premise), it is not loving behavior to allow your loved ones to be abused when you have the ability to stop it. Heck, any parent who sat by and allowed their child to be abused by another person would be sent to prison (and rightly so). That's the problem of evil, and I've never seen a good explanation for it.
Anyway, that's my answer. I'm a little distracted with arthritis pain and having to take care of my wife, so if I'm leaving something out just let me know. I enjoy talking about this stuff, so ask away if you'd like.
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