In Defense of a Kind God
I've noticed that atheists tend to be a glass half empty person when it comes to discussions on God. They put extreme focus on the negative, declaring God to be a brute, unjust, unloving, unmeriful Creator as it this perspective somehow validates the notion that God is a man-made construct.
I'm here to tilt things back a bit in the other directions. Over the weekend, I was reminded on just how GOOD God is when reflecting on the gifts of God. God has given us quite a lot to make it through this life without being completely miserable.
Here are a few in no particular order:
1. Gift of Sleep - Sleep is a wonderful invention. Not only does it allow our bodies to recharge and renew energies, sleep gives us an opportunity to shut off from the world. No matter how tough my life is, I can always look forward to 6-8 hours a night escaping from reality.
2. Laughter - God gave us this ability to have a physical release called laughter that for a moment, brings happiness and joy. Science can only explain the mechanism behind the act. There are well documented medical benefits to having a good laugh as well.
3. Taste buds - we have up to 8,000 taste buds designed to give us sensations of pleasure with certain tastes. God certainly didn't have to do this. Taste of food is not necessary to substain the human body. Taste doesn't matter to the digestive system. But we have taste to enjoy a wide variety of foods.
4. Sex - I don't think anyone will argue with this one. Sex is an amazing creation. Our society is obsessed with it. On a physical level, sex offers many benefits such as stress reduction and lower blood pressure. It also serves to bring an emotional bond to a couple on a level that can't be experienced any other way. However, whenevery you mess around with this powerful force outside God's requirements then the act has several consequences. Spread of STDS, for example.
Yeah, there are many negatives to this existence. I believe the introduction of sin is the root of these negatives, but God also gave us these gifts to help us make it through each day. Whenever I think about the gifts, I realize just how ridiculous the belief in evolution really is. We would have to be extremely lucky for random events to give us such great things to enjoy. Evolution may have determined the need for a food source, but not the need for taste buds.
But in fairness, the Bible really isn't meant to be fully understand by non-believers. It is a spiritual book. I seriously doubt a non-believer reading John 1:1 for the first time is going to understand what it truly means.
iwbiek wrote:TWD39 wrote:
I stated I was gone for the weekend, and you peeps continued to bury me in insults and replies. So stop bitching about me not answering points if you are going to do that.
this might surprise you, hoss, but most of us here have lives as well, and have to post when it's convenient, i.e., when we're on lunch break, when the baby is put down for the night and the wife is watching her chick flick, etc. we don't have time to wait till you're good'n'ready,
TWD39 -- Nobody can wait until you are good-n-ready. I can't believe it. This whole thread is tedious, your replies are tedium to the extreme. You either commit to this thread or kindly leave. This is from the one that is usually very nice to visiting Theists. And no you cannot have the last word, no matter how competitive you are
If I find something tedious, I exercise, oh gosh, what do you call it, oh yea, free will (Thanks God!) to not read the comments and move on. You are welcome to do the same. I don't care whenever someone responds, but when I made it clear that I would not be around yet I'm berated for not responding immediately; that is total crap and you know it.
The last word bit was a joke anyways. And you have been rude to me from the get go so I find it hard to believe you are nice to theists.