Is God,a mean kid with a magnifying glass, and we are the bugs?
I was told this this morning by a person that thinks it is so.
People are mean kids with magnifying glasses who treat others like bugs and too often blame it on God.
I agree with junkseller. I think that people blame God for a lot of things. We forget about the devil and his influence on the Earth. No, I don't think God is a mean kid lol, I believe he is a loving God who wants the best for his creation. We also forget that God made us in the likeness of him meaning that we are "like" God but not him. So we have the power to create and dictate what goes on in our lives.
Agree with junkseller and esenbee, our perception of God is sometimes influenced by people's treatment of others. Yes, we are created in His image so why would he want to destroy us?
Esenbee and Junkseller couldn't have said it better. I agree with everything they said wholeheartedly.
The bigger question that this seems to fall under is "Why does God" allow suffering?
One answer to this that was given to me by a pair of religious gentlemen that enjoy discussing such questions with me was that there are various places in the bible including the Lords Prayer that indicate God's power is not down here with us. The line in the Lords Prayer is 'thy kingdom come' which implies that we do not go to heaven but that rather, heaven comes to us. And the reason that suffering is allowed is because heaven has not yet come to Earth.
Not sure if I believe that. But here's the explanation I cam up with. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that we are more intelligent than ants. An ant trying to understand the concepts that process through our brains wouldn't have the slightest clue where to start. Even the idea of wondering about is is probably something that is beyond their mental capability. Yet if we want to, we can take a colony, it's queen, give them some dirt and a glass aquarium and give them a new home. in so doing, they'll get busy with the whole dig, find food, eat, mate, move eggs, care for eggs, hatch eggs, feed young, dig, find food, thing that they do so well.
So then that would mean we gave them their home surrounded by this crazy see through material that they can't did through but also keeps other things away. And for a moment if we apply a bit of intelligent to the ant that they otherwise don't have, clearly if we can construct such a home, we should be able to protect them from cave ins, sickness, and other such issues right? But we know that isn't entirely true. We can certainly take steps to avoid things like sickness by keeping a clean cage but in the end we can't prevent everything.
The point of the whole story is that I don't feel God has the ability to micro manage on a scale that people have begun to think that God can.
I agree with both junkseller and Esenbee.
Over the last few years I have had a number of occasions when I could have blamed god for what had happened within my life but on reflection the reason these things happened were because of life and the process of life not because of god. Hope that makes sense without me having to ponder for too long on this subject.
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