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Psalm 115:16


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My father tries to get around the problem of evil by saying that God has given the Earth to mankind, only able to intervene when invoked by man, he quotes Psalm 115:16 as proof. How do I combat this fundamentalist understanding of the aforementioned Psalm?

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I would ask him about the implications of Vader being Luke's father. How believers interpret their book of fables is irrelevant outside the cult. It doesn't make sense for a non-believer to argue theology and dogma with a believer. That's an internal squabble.

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An almighty deity that can only act when his tiny, fallible creations tell him too????? Wendytwitch.gif

 

Try saying that with the appropriate expression of "just how dumb are you??" on your face.

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"The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind."

 

"The problem of evil is the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with that of a deity who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent."

 

Your father is implying that God just turned over the running of the earth to the humans. That is not "getting around" the problem of evil, it's describing exactly why it's a problem. If God exists and is as powerful and all-knowing as he is described to be by modern Christians, then he could easily prevent evil even without being asked. That is the problem of evil, and this verse, if it means what your father is implying (that humans get to run the earth), proves that it is, indeed, a problem that can't be gotten around.

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You might try using these:

 

Prov 16:4,9

The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

 

God is in control and he made all things for himself.

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centauri: I really like your quotation of Charles Mackay. But I'm embarrassed to say, I don't know who Charles Mackay is. Could you help me out with that?   bill

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