In a journey to understanding a thought process by many, I see many believe in God because of all he has given them. What about people who have been given nothing and have led a hard life? Are they believing because of only the life (being allowed to be born) they have? It seems some of belief is either conditional (those who have led good lives don't need to question) or something people run to when they have problems. So for those who find no comfort in God during hard times, is their life(birth) the deciding factor for faith? (Question based on the many who claim God gave them life.)
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Beautiful, CV. Patience and humility help to soften the heart. Many a criminal finds the karma of the next life working its magic on them, if they are willing to accept the gift
things can always be worse, hey, Chris Reeves could have been blind and poor... thank you that only my spine is broken, don't hit me no more.... sounds like fear of God, not love for God, to me,
"God gives equal opportunities to everyone at every stage of our lives." What about the children born sick, the people born in third world countries, and so on. Are they really given equal opportunities? Should they have faith just because given life
@peeples: Again a perspective, isn't it? For children born sick, that's not the end of the world. They can be cured. Persistence, positivity and belief can work miracles in everyone's lives. people in 3rd world countries may be happy the way they're
I was born sick. I had to spend 2 months in the hospital at birth. I also was born illegitimate to a mother who could not care for me. I had leg braces, Asthma, and a few other issues. I sure am glad I am not a horrible life.
Eric, while YOU feel you haven't HAD (not ARE) a horrible life many do have what are horrible lives for them. Many find no peace in the thought of a God. My point to that is what are those people to do.
I disagree with the idea that everyone is given equal opportunities. Even the Bible hints that life is not fair. That is part of the concept of fallen creation to me.
That said, I have a lot of faith in the Lord.
You are right peeples. Horrible is a state of mind not circumstances. I pray for them and will bring water along the canyon tonight for our homeless. I will try to bring them hope.
Opportunity is partly what we bring to the observation.
If we see problems, we will have only problems. If we see solutions, we will have solutions. We are creators made in His image.
Faith in a crappy life gives you just that.
I like all the replies to this question, but your response was grand to read.
Very well said.
Beautiful, Tony. I too have felt overwhelming despair, and found the warm embrace of God comforting me. One of those times it led to a miracle every bit as powerful as that of Moses parting the sea. Thousands of people witnessed it. Blessings.
Faith as perfection of confidence - very novel and striking expression indeed. Inspiring.
But you don't have to wait till you croak to get that gift.
The kingdom is within each of us. God created us in his image and likeness and he is not Homo sapiens. Ego has blinded us from the light.
Again they aren't a horrible life, they have lived a horrible life. Two seperate things.
In other words their life is horrible? I do not think life can ever be horrible. Life is full of bad and good but suffering is optional. What woe can lead a man to thinking his life is horrible. Life imprisonment? Disease? Starvation?
Beautiful, Eric. Any hardship can be viewed either as a gift or as a burden.
Numbers 14:18 tells us this. The criminal can take his karma as a cherished gift and be free of their crimes, or as a burden and be condemned to repeat them
Way cool. "Because I did wrong today I am condemned to do wrong tomorrow."??? I do not think soooo. My ego is mine. I am not my ego's. I am not bound by things given, but maybe by things taken.
ON the other hand if you've seen amazing things that no amount of work on your part could have produced, or been produced by any human, and you fail to wonder if there isn't a God, let alone give credit, then you're poverty is great indeed.
Spot on answers, that is why religions attract the poor and uneducated. They inculcate them with the premise that poverty is sooo good whereas the more educated and affluent oftentimes see the inanely utter folly of religion.
Yup and one only has to look at Bible Belt to see that more religion doesn't increase the quality of life here on good old earth. More religious states have more people on welfare, more divorces, less healthcare, higher obesity rates etc.
This comment is completely disgusting. Because it has the ring of truth. People need to make religion a walk down the street to love and help who they see. I got lucky today. I had an extra fiver. And there was Jenny the drunk. I got to give it toher
You gave money to someone named "Jenny the Drunk"? Might as well just send it directly to the Boons Farm Winery or to your local non-profit hospital where she will end up in the emergency room soon.
That shows a very sad lack of understanding stemming from stereotyping. Jenny has been clean for a year, but has trouble staying on her meds so she gets low blood sugar and disoriented. The name just stuck.
Sad, peanut. Gautama Siddhartha was a prince and walked away from wealth to find out spiritual wisdom. He chose a hard life and then a medium life, because it led him to spiritual awakening. Something impossible for a human body.
And some know God because they know they are not their Homo sapiens vessel. They've experienced being outside and seeing without physical eyes. They have manipulated the universe like Moses parting the sea, or Peter walking on water.
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