This is my response to a message I received from a friend of a family member. Their initial message is somewhat Irrelevant and asked if I was a parent and about free will.
I am not god. I’m not Omnipotent and Omniscient[all knowing] Which god is supposed to be… that means he does know our thoughts, he does know how we will react. he knows everything. He knew it before he created time, the earth, heaven or hell.
To say he isn’t Omnipotent, or Omniscient is to go against his word and is blasphemous.
If your religious training taught you to think about it this way, It taught you wrong, according to the scriptures.
Now, God is all knowing and all powerful, according to the bible. He knows the past present and the future. There is nothing he cannot do. [can god create something he can't lift?] That means he knows the words I’m typing before I type them. He knew them before he created the earth. This is written in scripture. He is GOD for chrissake. lol
So, knowing these facts, why did he make me an unbeliever? Why did he make you a Christian?
Why did he make Osama Bin Laden Islamic? Why did he make Hitler such a jerk?
He knew what would happen. yet he made them anyway. I do not think this is Moral. and to claim it is, is wrong and immoral.
You have a higher moral standard on your own, by yourself than God has according to scripture just in my previous statements alone.
We can go further. God says he gave us free will, But with god being Omnipotent and All Knowing he knows what we will choose before we choose it. this is hardly free will.
So according to the bible, God already knew if I was going to be an unbeliever before the beginning of time. Why would he bother creating me then? He knew this about me specifically before he created Adam.
He knew Adam and Eve would eat of the Fruit of knowledge before he said let there be light. He knew this before there was a void.
He knew Lucifer would stake the claim that he was more attractive than god, he knew this before he created Lucifer.
And god Created evil, he claims this.Jer 18:11/ Is 45:7/Ezek 20:25… why bother? Unless he enjoys watching us suffer. Which he may, he works in mysterious ways. He created cancer, aids, cystic fibrosis, Flesh eating viruses, etc, etc. why would you do this? if you are the all loving father, and we are your children, why do you afflict us?
Would you give your kid cancer because they disobeyed you?
Would you sacrifice your child if God Commanded you to and you knew it was god beyond the shadow of a doubt?
Ask yourself this question in front of them and tell them your answer.
I hope you would not… regardless of how firm your belief is.
Many claim god doesn’t send people to hell… but I use the same analogy I did before.
I hold a gun to your head, “I love you, always. You have to love me too, you have the choice to love me or not, but if you don’t, I’ll kill you.” yes technically you have a choice. But does it really feel like you do? Of course not.
I know you would not Think this is a morally right thing to do to someone.
Why then when god says, “I give you the free will to choose to believe in me and accept my son as your savior, but if you don’t you are choosing to go to hell.” What if I say, “No. I don’t want to go to hell. I Choose not to go to hell. And I choose not to go to heaven.” What then? God would Force me to go to hell. So indeed he does send people.
Yet he already knew what would happen.
This is why I claim that if god does exist, I wouldn’t choose to worship him. Because if he is so petty to damn someone for exercising their mind, and critically thinking, and free will that HE GAVE THEM, and to question things that have no evidence, then he is not a Right God, he is not a Just God.
An infinite punishment for a finite crime is not just.
Many also say to me, “What if you’re wrong?” To that I say, “If i say i believe and go through the motions even though I know in my heart I don’t that God won’t see through it?”
This is called Pascal’s[sp?] wager. And could be applied to any religion.
What if you’re wrong and The Greek pantheon is the correct faith? What if You’re wrong and The Norse Pantheon is correct And since you weren’t a great warrior you won’t go to Valhalla but you will go into the wall of the worthless?
What if you’re wrong and the Invisible Pink Unicorn is the true faith? and if you don’t Throw sparkles on everything you own, and sing the magical unicorn prayer once every hour you’ll be cursed for eternity in the grasps of the green terror Dargon being incessantly burned by his unending fire breath?
And about personal Experiences I ask this:
What is more likely?
1.) The laws of physics and nature were suspended, just for you, in your favor.
2.) You’re mistaken.
Plus thousands of people have these same type of unexplainable experiences with their own deities everyday. Why are they wrong?
I know you didn’t ask what if I’m wrong, but eventually it comes up and I like to get it out of the way early. [=)]
I hope you read all of this and do think on it. I hope none of it came across as angry, or mean, or malice in any way. This is my personal beliefs on these things, and I do have scripture to back it up, in context. I refuse to take scripture out of context, and find it insulting when I am accused of it.
I look forward to your response. [=)]