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Some Questions for God

Updated on February 17, 2017

Introduction

If I ever make it to Heaven, there are some answers to questions that I'm sure puzzles others as well. Some are obvious but some are not. Here is my list.

- Feb. 2017

Background

I am a Catholic and Christian most of my adult life. I read the bible and attend Mass on a regular basis. I also study the bible and some passages to find deeper meanings. I think I have a good understanding of religion and the important role they play in our society. Before choosing catholicism, I studied many religions and learn the basic tenets and discern for myself what is the best fit for me personally. I am a believer based on faith. I am also an engineer and scientist. I read extensively books by various authors which gave me knowledge and fresh perspective. My background is one of an educated consumer if you will and not a blind follower or by birth. I do have some questions that are unanswered just as most other individuals and pholosophers down the ages. I have some theories that I came up with by myself but still I would like to hear the answers from the source.

Some of my questions are specific to the Christian bible. Since it is the Word of God, I wish to have clarification on some points.

My List of Questions...

  • Why are we here?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • Why so many religions?
  • Why so many races of people?
  • What was the true reason for the tower of Babel, why have so many languages to confuse...?
  • Why was Adam and Eve setup to fail? The original sin, why no second chance?
  • What is the reason for some 10% of population being left handed?
  • Why are a small minority of the population gay and trans sexual?
  • Why do You have favorites? Such as Abel over Cain, and the Jewish people are the chosen one?
  • Why do miracles happen?
  • Are we alone in the Universe?

Details

I am an engineer and a scientists by training. I like to take things apart and understand what makes it tick. I also like to look for optimum solutions. In any design, there are trade offs that a designer makes in order to come up with an optimum solution.

If I was to study and analyze the design of the human as a "machine" designed for a purpose, I would have some questions for the Designer. I am also very impressed with the outcome. I say that because I see the limitless possibilities and the amazing accomplishment of our human race. They are only made possible as a result of intelligent design by our Creator.

The mechanism of DNA is one such example of a unique and perfect design. As an engineer, I can think of no better mechinism of reproduction of cells and human sexuality as the propagation of our species.

Here are my Personal Explanation...

  • We are here to demonstrate the glory of God. We are a testament to his greatness and we are created to be his subjects and to worship Him. That is not to say it is the only purpose. There is no law that say there is only one meaning of life. A secondary meaning could be one of self discovery. We are most happy when we learn and explore and unlock secrets of the universe. We are a social animal and enjoy family and friends and interactions. We are each a unique creation.
  • The reason bad things can happen to good people is due to "free will". When God gave us free will, it forces somethings that are out of his control. He can chose to intervene by ways of supernatural ways but then it defeats the whole purpose of free will.
  • The reason we have multiple religions and multiple races is one of diversity. Just think of ice cream and how dull it would be if all you have is vanilla flavor.
  • The tower of Babel baffles me. If I was a designer, I would want the most efficient way to communicate. As such, I would come up with one universal language that all can easily learn and have proficiency as quickly as possible. This way, it will lead to better communications among individuals and across nations so as to minimize confusion and misunderstanding and avoid conflicts. That would be my ideal. I would like to know what God's intention was besides what was stated in the Bible, to confuse the people so they could not build a tower to reach God of the heavens, and be like God...
  • The Original sin is also a big mystery for me. What I mean by setting up Adam and Eve is this. By placing the test in the garden of Eden, with the tree of knowledge, it is almost guarenteed that at some point, due to our curious nature, we will fail the test. If that is the case, why did God do it? Why was this necessary for Him? Why was there no second chance? In life as in baseball, we are given 3 strikes... so why not in this incidence? One strike and we were out of the garden of eden.
  • Being left handed, I am curious why God created this oddity. It is an oddity because only a small population has this feature. If it was 50/50, I could understand it better. If it is genetically based, it would be close to 50/50 just like other traits. However, it is not in this case. For some unknown reason, it is only about 10%. This does lead to some conflict growing up especially in a Country that favors conformity. I was reprimanded by my elders to always use my right hand to eat and write. As it turned out, being left handed has some unique advantage. When I was in College, and joined the fencing team, I discovered the benefit of being left handed. I had an edge over the other fencers.
  • The same goes with gays. Even a smaller population, by some estimates of 2 or 3% of the population are gay or transsexuals...Why?
  • Why do You have favorites? As a father and parent of 3 kids, I work hard to treat each of my three children equal. They are all unique in their own way and have various talents and attributes... but I love them equally. As God is Father to all his creations, I could not understand why he would have favorites. Why he chose Abel over Cain? Which lead to the first murder. The jealousy that ensued between the two brothers is what lead to the slaying of Abel by Cain. It was so unnecessary in my opinion. Why did God do it? The same applies to the people of Israel. Why did the bible say, the Jews are the chosen people of God? Should we all be treated equally in the eyes of God? A huge mystery which again is the source of conflicts down through the ages. To this day, the Jews and Moslems are fighting in the Middle East and for what?
  • Why miracles? If God is all powerful and absolute and perfect...why do we need miracles? Why can't He device a better way to demonstrate his power and his soverignty without using supernatural means to change history? Doesn't it negates the whole concept of free will? If he has the power to overide anything and everything we do, then we really don't have free will do we?
  • Are we alone? Despite some evidence of UFO and aliens and Rosewell incident..., I am of the believe we are not here by accident of nature. If that is the case, it was by design. The whole thing including the universe is part of that whole package. Are we the only species in this vast univers? I have no idea. If anyone knows, it would be the Creator himself. I sure would like to know? Even if it is impossible for us to meet due to the vast distances...it is nice to know we are not alone.

Summary

Philosophy is an exercise in thought. There is no right or wrong. It is just our brain trying to make sense of the natural world we see. Religion and their tenets can be taken on faith or explained as philosophy.

If God exists, He must have some purpose. Everything we see and experience in this world must have some meaning or purpose. Otherwise, what's the point of living?

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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      DTMB, it was not censorship... my typical response is 3 back and forth arguments and if nothing is resolved, I choose to move on...don't take it personal. Life is too short.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      18 months ago

      Odd you chose to do that when I answer YOUR QUESTION TO ME. Obviously your excuse for deleting my comment (without the courtesy of telling me why) when you asked me to comment is BS - you simply didn't like my reply because it was right on.

      Seems to me you act just like a liberal with liberal tactics whenever your point of view is shown to be full of flaws. There is no excuse for censoring debate when it is an honest answer to a question you posed to me.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      DTMB, don't take this personal but I chose not to publish some of your comments because we have gone over this topic... I moderate my hubs so as not to get too deep in back and forth. It can never end for some topics as you well know. Let's agree to disagree and leave it at that. Peace by with you.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      18 months ago

      Jack answered your question "What is the plainly you speak about?" but I do not see my reply - did you delete it?

    • PhoenixV profile image

      PhoenixV 

      18 months ago from USA

      Good evening Mr. Jackclee. Ive always felt the Book of Genesis suggested allegories and symbolism. Perhaps the tree of knowledge was symbolic of a time or point when humans became more self aware or had developed higher brain functions.

      Or perhaps its symbolic of God wanting to create agents that could actually have relationship with a Creator even though they were determined within creation. So its symbolic of a freewill choice to create agents of themselves with a semblence of freewill. ie symbolic of seemingly "not forcing" them to choose freewill.

      Then I think this is an over rationalization and maybe is really just a test of faith to see who will be incensed or feel it was an unethical test like the favoritsm abel story, to seperate those that can trust God and those who cannot.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Angele, thanks for your perspective.

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      Angele Parris 

      18 months ago

      I had an encounter with God. What I saw did not line up with the bible. I was given the book of Galatians to read and interpret. I had an "argument"/bible study with Jehovah's witness about what the bible actually teaches. Jehovah is described as a good God, who does not render evil for evil, and who creates nothing but paradise. When I met God, I was not shown that side to God.

      Thus to explain the why's. There are more than one super forces at war in the universe. Yes, Jehovah is going to restore paradise, however, what I was told is that he is trying to divert attention from Africa. Thus Africa will be restored to the original paradise.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Perhaps, again but as an engineer, I also think it is best to communicate in a straight manner. If I have to search the Bible for hidden meanings and explanations, why is that necessary or good?

      What is the plainly you speak about?

      If they were so plain, I would not be askimg these questions would I?

      Not everyone is as versed on the Bible as you apparently.

      If you have the answers as you claim, please do share...

      Be careful, what you interpret.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      18 months ago

      "Who said I am a disabeliver of the Bible" ?

      Not me, I didn't say you were a disbeliever.

      You said " I doubt I will find all the answers to my satisfaction..." to my point that your answers can be found in the Bible.

      You said that not me.

      I simply said if you are not satisfied with answers found in scripture (I said nothing about interpretation) you will be one of the people who choose to disbelieve the Word of God. There are many believers who choose to disbelieve the scripture for different reasons, mainly because they have not studied it in context of the whole Bible.

      I can tell by your own answers to your questions you have not diligently sought the answers to all your questions in scripture because you have totally ignored what scripture plainly d=says about many of them.

      For an engineer you are not paying very much attention to detail.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Who said I am a disabeliver of the Bible. I thought I made it pretty clear. I am just not satisfied with all the answers that some people interpret from the Bible. I belief in God and the trinity. I hope to meet my maker someday. This hub is just to make some people think about bigger things, no more no less. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      18 months ago

      Thank yourself for writing provacative hub pages. If you are not satisfied with answers found in scripture it will be no surprise that you have joined the multitudes of people who choose to disbelieve the Word of God. https://www.gotquestions.org/why-should-I-believe-...

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Thanks for you long comment and response. i will check them out. I doubt I will find all the answers to my satisfaction...

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      18 months ago

      Jack if you want the Biblical answers to your questions don't rely upon just your own insights but go here to get the Biblical answers backed up with scripture. https://www.gotquestions.org/

      For example:

      Why are we here? Why did God create us?

      God created us for His pleasure and so that we, as His creation, would have the pleasure of knowing Him. https://www.gotquestions.org/why-did-God-create-us...

      Why do bad things happen to good people?

      The biblical answer is there are no “good” people.

      The Bible makes it abundantly clear that all of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). Romans 3:10-18 could not be clearer about the non-existence of “good” people: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Every human being on this planet deserves to be thrown into hell at this very moment. Every second we spend alive is only by the grace and mercy of God. Even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is merciful compared to what we deserve, eternal hell in the lake of fire.

      A better question would be “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the evil, wicked, sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us. He loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1). What we deserve is hell. What we are given is eternal life in heaven if we come to Christ in faith.

      Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. However, instead of doubting God's goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).https://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good-peopl...

      You might want to search all your questions on this website to help you grasp the Biblical answers to your questions.

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