Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

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Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

We live in a world of pain and suffering. There is no one who is not affected by the harsh realities of life, and the question “why do bad things happen to good people?” is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is sovereign, so all that happens must have at least been allowed by Him, if not directly caused by Him. At the outset, we must acknowledge that human beings, who are not eternal, infinite, or omniscient, cannot expect to fully understand God’s purposes and ways.

The book of Job deals with the issue of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Job was a righteous man (Job 1:1), yet he suffered in ways that are almost beyond belief. God allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him, and Satan did his worst. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was Continue reading “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

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Does God exist? Is there evidence for the existence of God?

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Question: Does God exist? Is there evidence for the existence of God?

Answer: The existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. The Bible says that we must accept by faith the fact that God exists: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). If God so desired, He could simply appear and prove to the whole world that He exists. But if He did that, there would be no need for faith. “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29).

That does not mean, however, that there is no evidence of God’s existence. The Bible states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). Looking at the stars, understanding the vastness of the universe, observing the wonders of nature, seeing the beauty of a sunset—all of these things point to a Creator God. If these were not enough, there is also evidence of God in our own hearts. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us, “…He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” Deep within us is the recognition that there is something beyond this life and someone beyond this world. We can deny this knowledge intellectually, but God’s presence in us and all around us is still obvious. Despite this, the Bible warns that some will still deny God’s existence: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Since the vast majority of people throughout history, in all cultures, in all civilizations, and on all continents believe in the existence of some kind of God, there must be something (or someone) causing this belief.

In addition to the biblical arguments for God’s existence, there are logical arguments. First, there is the ontological argument. The most popular form of the ontological argument uses the concept of God to prove God’s existence. It begins with the definition of God as “a being than which no greater can be conceived.” It is then argued that to exist is greater than to not exist, and therefore the greatest conceivable being must exist. If God did not exist, then God would not be the greatest conceivable being, and that would contradict the very definition of God.

A second argument is the teleological argument. The teleological argument states that since the universe displays such an amazing design, there must have been a divine Designer. For example, if the Earth were significantly closer or farther away from the sun, it would not be capable of supporting much of the life it currently does. If the elements in our atmosphere were even a few percentage points different, nearly every living thing on earth would die. The Continue reading “Does God exist? Is there evidence for the existence of God?”

If God created the world and everything else, who created God ?

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If God created the world and everything else, who created God ?

The answer is no one! God is the ‘Uncaused Cause’ or ‘Prime Mover’. Only things that have a beginning (e.g. the Universe) require a creator. God, on the other hand has existed from all eternity. He is an infinite spirit, not restricted in any way by time or space.

Why do Christians pray to God?

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Why do Christians pray to God?

Christianity uniquely emphasises that a Christian can have a personal relationship with God. We should regard prayer as being the talking part of the relationship and a two way process at that. Jesus himself set down the model prayer for all Christians:

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).

Prayer has the benefit of drawing us into a deeper relationship with God – as we pray we learn more about his will for our lives.

If God is holy and good, where did evil come from?

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If God is holy and good, where did evil come from?

Evil is not something that was created by God, rather it should be seen as a lack of good. God created man with free will – the ability to choose between right and wrong. Evil basically comes from the exercise of that free will in not following God. Being human means that we have responsibility for our own actions, whether they be good and bad.

神可以創造一個石頭重到祂自己都抬不起來嗎?Can God create a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese

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神可以創造一個石頭重到祂自己都抬不起來嗎?

Can God create a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it?

神可以創造一個石頭重到祂自己都抬不起來嗎?是的。
祂無法抬起祂的十字架……..因為祂被鞭擊,折磨,虛弱 …….
Matt. 27:32 他們出來的時候, 遇見一個古利奈人, 名叫西門, 就強迫他背耶穌的十字架。
在聖像畫中我們看見尊嚴的耶穌及西門背著祂的十字架。
我們提出這問題只是好玩。但如果我們研究哲學,我們就知道這是自相矛盾的句子。
因為上帝(抽象的概念,而非三位一體)將不會是無所不能的。所以問題與上帝無關,我們的神,三位一體,但問題本身需有邏輯的原則。

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How can God be one in three persons?

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How can God be one in three persons?

Christians call this the Holy Trinity (literally: ‘Tri-unity’).

To explain this, we must distinguish between God’s nature and his manifestation to us. God’s nature is oneness, yet he has revealed himself to us in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three are God, yet are also distinct persons within his one nature.

We can think of the Holy Trinity mathematically: 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 rather than 1 + 1 + 1 =3, which would imply that there are three gods.

How can Jesus be both God and Man?

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How can Jesus be both God and Man ?

In John 1:14 we read that “…the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…”

This is what Christians call the Incarnation: Christ was truly God and yet truly man. His two natures were not merged or confused in any way, but were totally separate. Christ could identify with every human emotion (he wept for example – See John 11:35), yet as God he had the authority to forgive sins (see Luke 5:20).

Paul expressed his belief in Jesus position as truly God and truly man as follows:

“For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

How can I know if God exists ?

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How can I know if God exists ?

Evidence for God’s existence can be found in several ways:

1, In creation – we see nature all around us, for example in flowers, landscapes and mountains. Creation implies a creator.

2, In design – a computer is more complex than a chair. A hierarchy of designs from simple to complex implies that there must be a supreme designer of all of them. An analogy was provided by William Paley (1743-1805) and runs like this: Suppose someone found a watch in an empty field. The complexity of the design would lead one to conclude that it could not be the product of random events, but rather of some creative intelligence.

3, In morality – the sense of right and wrong. Where does this sense come from ? This points to a supreme lawgiver.

4, In causality – every effect must have a cause. Thus the world must have been caused by something else. However, there must be something that is uncaused, something not dependent on anything. That something is God.

5, In contingency – we observe that some things are dependent (‘contingent’) on other things for their existence. However, not everything can be contingent, so there must exist something that is not dependent on anything else (i.e. God).

E te Atua i te tīariari? He taunakitanga mo te oraraa o te Atua? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Maori (New Zealand)

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E te Atua i te tīariari?

He taunakitanga mo te oraraa o te Atua?

E kore e taea te mohiotia kikī ranei te oraraa o te Atua. Ko te Biblia ta e ti’a ia tatou ia farii i te whakapono ki te meka e te vai te Atua: “A, kahore hoki he whakapono e taea ki te pai te Atua i te reira, no te mea me whakapono tetahi e haere mai ana ki a ia e te vai ia me e utu e ia te hunga e rapu ana ia i ata” (Hiperu 11:6). Ki te penei ta te Atua e hiahiatia ana, i taea noa kitea ia, ka whakamatau ki te ao katoa e te vai ia. Otiia ki te mea i taua e ia, i reira e kia kahore he take mo te whakapono. “Na ka korero ki a Ihu ki a ia, ‘No te mea kua kite koe i ahau, i whakapono koe: ka koa te hunga kua whakapono ki te hunga kahore nei i kite a ano’” (John 20:29).

E kore e tikanga, Heoi, i te mea kahore he taunakitanga o te oraraa o te Atua. Ko te āhua Biblia, “Ko te rangi e whakaatu i te kororia o te Atua: ko te rangi te kauwhau i te mahi o ona ringa. Ra i muri i te ra ringihia reo atu e ratou: i muri po po whakaatu mohio ratou. Kahore he kupu reo i te wahi e kore e rangona to ratou reo ranei. To ratou reo e haere i roto i ki te whenua katoa, a ratou kupu ki nga pito o te ao” (Psalm 20[19]:1-4). Titiro i nga whetu, he mahara ki te nui o te ao, te mātakitaki i te mea whakamiharo o te taiao, i te kitenga o te ataahua o te ahiahi-katoa o enei mea tohu ki te Kaihanga te Atua. Ki te kore i nui enei, i reira hoki ngā taunakitanga o te Atua i roto i to tatou ngakau ake. Ecclesiastes 3:11 te parau mai ia tatou, “…Kua whakaturia ano e ia i roto i te tau mure ore ngakau o te tangata.” Hohonu i roto ia tatou, ko te aronga e reira te tahi mea i tua atu i Continue reading “E te Atua i te tīariari? He taunakitanga mo te oraraa o te Atua? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Maori (New Zealand)”