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  2. I'm still not sure you're understanding the point I'm trying to make here; but, I can assure you that I agree with this paragraph entirely.
  3. Hitler was defeated. Mass murderers and con artists are caught. Evil does not invariably prevail. I sometimes pity atheists. "Evil invariably prevails" seems to be atheism's thesis statement. When a victim of injustice dies, do you have the intellectual rigor to look into the eyes of that victim's loved ones and say the words "evil invariably prevails"? Those who suffer the most are in the most need of hope, and hope is not conveyed in the assurance of evil's invariable triumph. Surrender in the face of evil does those who suffer no service. The belief that there is more to existence than this one life isn't a naiive flight of fancy. It's even more than a metaphysical possibility; it's a refusal to let evil prevail, because the ultimate goal of evil is to steal hope in what's worth hoping for.
  4. Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ Rom 6:1 Rom 6:1 - What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? Rom 6:2 Rom 6:2 - By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Rom 6:3 Rom 6:3 - Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Rom 6:4 Rom 6:4 - We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Rom 6:5 Rom 6:5 - For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. Rom 6:6 Rom 6:6 - For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[fn] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— Rom 6:7 Rom 6:7 - because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Rom 6:8 Rom 6:8 - Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Rom 6:9 Rom 6:9 - For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Rom 6:10 Rom 6:10 - The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. Rom 6:11 Rom 6:11 - In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Rom 6:12 Rom 6:12 - Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Rom 6:13 Rom 6:13 - Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. Rom 6:14 Rom 6:14 - For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Slaves to Righteousness Rom 6:15 Rom 6:15 - What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Rom 6:16 Rom 6:16 - Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? Rom 6:17 Rom 6:17 - But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. Rom 6:18 Rom 6:18 - You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Rom 6:19 Rom 6:19 - I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. Rom 6:20 Rom 6:20 - When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. Rom 6:21 Rom 6:21 - What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! Rom 6:22 Rom 6:22 - But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. Rom 6:23 Rom 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[fn] Christ Jesus our Lord.
  5. I was raised to be a YEC. It took an embarrassingly long time for me to move on. On the plus side, though, the realization that that part was bull led me to question what other parts might also be, and here we are.
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  7. Fixed that for you. This is the problem with non-interference in free will, irrespective of which deity is involved. Non-interference invariably favors the evil. The free will of Hitler versus that of 6.5 million Jews, the free will of a mass murderer versus that of the victims, the free will of a con artist versus that of a mark. Evil invariably prevails. god is not exculpated simply because he doesn't interfere. If anything, he is further inculpated.
  8. I believe Ussher was invoked by William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Monkey Trial, where Clarence Darrow made a monkey out of Bryan.
  9. It's definitely violated. And when the enslaver is caught, the free will of her rescuers is exercised.
  10. So the "free will" of the ten-year-old sex slave? Is it exercised? Or is it violated?
  11. Non interference favors however free will is exercised. The evil aren't the only ones with free will. Many evils *are* prevented or made right.
  12. Right. The specific one we are interested in has a bible claiming that it loves the children. Reality says different. So what is the conclusion from that?
  13. Since you broached the subject though, does non-interference in free will favor the evil or the innocent? What does our present reality demonstrate?
  14. I see that once again you dodged the question, Edgarcito. Then you flipped the focus round to turn the spotlight on me. If you don't understand what Jesus would think about the suffering of that ten year old sex slave, then please just say so. Well?
  15. Remember----I specifically said I am working toward demonstrating whether edgarcito's original premise has merit. I don't really care about the existence of deity in general; but, rather, the specific deity in question.
  16. Bear in mind that the deity in question, and in fact all deities, are of by necessity human invention. The mistake that was made when coming up with the OT mean god turned NT nice god was to assign him the qualities of omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. Added to that were the assumptions that this god was all good and all loving. Clearly, real life would indicate that no such entity exists. Of course this doesn't prove that there isn't a deity in charge that keeps his hands off human affairs and just watches as we self destruct within his world of randomness. And obviously, it is also not incumbent on anyone to disprove any of the myriad god assertions men have made over the millennia. If one proposes a god then let him bring forth evidence for it. I will not and cannot craft arguments against the existence of Jehovah, Zeus, Apollo, Santa or the tooth fairy.
  17. Maybe some bible verses need to be removed then. I do understand that it is standard operating procedure for Christians to be happy with a God that does not do anything but I challenge that idea. What seems illogical to me is that we should be praising a god who tells people that they need to handle their own problems. I'm just enjoying the debate really.
  18. Remember-----I speculated on the existence of a loving god who couldn't prevent every evil precisely because of being unable to interfere with free will. I put that forward as a theoretical limit on such a god's omnipotence.
  19. It's obvious that you're passionate about the human trafficking issue, for which you're to be commended. Technically, however, the argument that we expect a deity to do X and a deity doesn't do X therefore no deity exists is non sequitur. Again, this is trying to impeach the metaphysical existence of a deity with an ethical argument; while there may be moral merit in such a position, it doesn't work logically. You can reasonably argue that a deity who doesn't prevent every evil doesn't exist, but that argument can't be extended to deity in general.
  20. Walter, sir, it is my opinion that I can't understand the larger picture.....how it all comingles to end where it ends. Outside of that, He gives us ten commandments and employs that we do the best we can with them....and that Jesus makes up for our shortcomings. You got that in your 20+ years, right??
  21. Edgarcito, I just don't see that what you wrote above has anything much to do with what I wrote to you. But never mind. I see that you skipped over one of my posts, so here it is again. Please answer my questions. Thank you. Walter. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted 21 hours ago Edgarcito, To follow up on what the RedneckProfessor has been driving at, please consider this. Is it not your daily aim to be more and more Christ-like? If so, then surely the things that are important to him are the things that should be important to you. And that passage from Matthew 25 that I've quoted twice now clearly spells out that... the least of these brothers and sisters of mine... are VERY important to him. You'll notice that Jesus doesn't specifically mention ten year old girls being held in sexual slavery. So, do you think that because he doesn't speak about this specific instance, her suffering can't be very important to him? Well?
  22. We should accept our own part , if any, for evil we cause. I agree. The point I think some of us are trying to make though is that God is praised by Christians for loving the children yet reality says that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion dollar per year industry. God's plan to let humanity save the children (somehow via the working of the HS) is not working. I'm illustrating that God probably doesnt exist, because a real God that did exist and did love the children would not love them by allowing child slavery. Saying God empowers people to do something by human means is bullshit. Does God empower atheists to do something by human means? Why not just say that "A big nothing" empowers me to do what I'm already empowered to do. Pretty silly, imo.
  23. Bit of a accusatory tone there, I'm just spit balling ideas in the hope of generating discussion. As others have mentioned such an idea would only work if there was free education which was equally available. We currently have systems that do not allow most people to run for office due to the high cost of campaigns, we have growing voter apathy and people wanting change but seeing no way to get it. I actually don't see a change in the amount of votes or the quantity per person as fixing these issues, and would advocate for a system change to make things more inclusive as a better starting point. Wow, had never seen that before, what an amazingly rigged piece of junk writing. "write backwards forwards" just purely written to be confusing. I don't know if I could get that 100% correct and having to carefully re-read every question several times I doubt I'd finish in 10 mins.
  24. Suppose there is a deity who is all-loving but unable to prevent all evil, either through not being omnipotent or because of the free-will principle. Would such a deity no longer qualify as a god? Vikings would cuss Odin up one side and down the other when they lost a battle. I remember a story about an assembly of Jews who found the God of Israel guilty of the Holocaust.....and then went to evening prayers. A "personal relationship with God" can span a broad range.
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