So I thought I'd ask if any of you has a fresh thought on the subject I might borrow.
Mr. Deity pretty much knocks it out of the park, doesn't he? Bart Ehrman, too.
What else would you say to someone who says things like this?
the wages of sin are death...
so sin is the cause of evil...
but if someone dies is it because of sin or evil.
So maybe this evil thing is suspect unless you believe in the word of GOD like I do then it makes sense.
ohh, did you ask why it made sense... Glad you asked.
ok Jesus came to the earth born of a virgin... blah blah blah.. you know the story...
he died but rose on the 3rd day so we can have the right to grace... He was sacrificed for our sins & transgressions...
So now we (Christians) are saved by grace which means that we can be forgiven of our sins, if we express them to him.
Do we sin because we are evil, or are we evil because we sin? If you read the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden, from the book of Genesis, it appears that humans were created without sin but with free will. If this is the case- that Eve had no sin, then why did she disobey God and eat the fruit? Did she eat because she was created as a sinner or did she become a sinner because she disobeyed God? If she had not sinned, would she have lived forever? Was death created because of her sin or was it inevitable for all humans? If God is all-knowing as scripture indicates, why would he create humans and then set them up for failure? Is it possible that God created the framework of the world and then instituted "natural laws" and then allowed man to decide how he would live?Or this:
I feel like all of those above points can be true without contradicting one another. I think God is Good and wants us all to be faithful and good on our own, but bad things do happen because its the laws of physics and the universe. God allows them to happen because its part of life, but sometimes he will step in if he see's fit. If the world was absolutely perfect we wouldn't appreciated it and we would still find something to complain about. When parents have kids, they don't step in and fix every little thing for them even if they can, instead they let them experience a certain amount of life's sour milk! That's how we learn and in the end, it makes us stronger! I wish life was all rainbows and sunshine, but then again if It was, would I be the same person I am now? Would I understand the importance of love and goodness or would I take it for granted? Maybe God wants us to see the silver lining on the grey cloud. That way in the end when He detroys all things evil, we'll all understand how blessed we are.