- May 12, 2011
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I get it. You have faith, and I respect that. But surely we can agree that there are many other potential answers.
For example, if we can conceive of an all powerful, all knowing, all loving being who created heaven and earth, then nothing is impossible. There doesn't have to be a first. Where does everything come from? What if it came from something else, which in turn came from something else, ad infinitum? Why is the idea that we are a part of an infinite, indifferent loop any less or more likely than a benevolent creator?
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When I was a child, I remember asking my father where God came from. He could not tell me. I have thought of it many times since then. There are indeed many things that we can conjure up as possibilities. Some ideas/arguments are along the same lines as others, some are contradictory. One of the problems is that if God is omnipotent, where did evil come from, and why can he not banish it? Another that seems is often brought up is if God is omnibenevolent, why would he allow people to die and go to hell?
I can only go to my faith. When I don't understand things in the Bible, or don't seem to find answers there, I must assume that God didn't think it was important for Him to comment on, or that I just don't understand. If I don't understand I must assume that is my fault/problem, because I cannot understand the mind of God. I do note that God seems to have said something similar to that to Job. I think he is saying there that He, as the creator of all things, and being all powerful, gets to set the rules, and man cannot question him.
So, I believe that God is omnibenevolent. At the end of the day, I believe that on faith. If you or anyone brings up any philosophical or logical question that does not agree with my belief, I have no problem examining it or talking about it, but at some point, I must say whatever is put forth, if it doesn't agree with my faith, I will default to my faith. So no such arguments can be won against me. I will just reach a point where I would have to say I don't have any answer to what is asked, other than I believe what I believe, on faith.
I don't know if that was the answer you were looking for, but it is what I can only humbly offer.