Christianity in a nutshell
I wanted to thank you all for the opportunity to partake in some of the discussions recently, and I would be remiss if I didn't take an opportunity to spread God's Word. So I ask you to please lend me your eyes and your mind for just a few minutes and read below:
God created this universe and everything in it, including each one of us. Because He wanted to, and He could.
We were created with free will, a conscience that convicts us, and the law written on each of our hearts.
We were created to seek Him and reach out for Him - though He is not far from any of us.
Sin entered the world via our free will, and as such so did death, dissease, aging, etc..
God hates sin.
God is Just, and as such must punish those who break His laws.
God Loves all of us, even though we're all sinners.
When we choose to sin, we reject God and show contempt for all He has given us.
God calls us to repent from our sins and put our trust in Him. This means more and more, we strive to sin less and less.
As a result we become better people, not perfect people.
Jesus came to preach the Gospel, and take the punishment that each one of us deserves for our sins.
The wages of sin is death.
Christianity is different in the respect that all other religions are "Work Righteous" meaning that the more good things one does, the better the chances he/she goes to heaven. We get heaven not because we're good people, but because we're wretched sinners who accept the fact that our sins are paid in full for through the blood of Jesus.
It may not make sense to yo, and you may not like it, but....
Have a Merry Christmas.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of His covenant.
I don't see how that follows. There is a self-reference, which I know can sometimes lead to paradox, but I seem to be missing it in this case.
God is omniscient if for any true statement S, God believes S and God does not believe not-S. Consider the set of all true statements T and consider any subset V of T. Thus every statement in V is true. Consider the statement K(V): "God believes all statements in V is true" obviousy, since V only contain true statements and God believes every true statement God must necessarily indeed blelieve all statements in V and therefore K(V) must be true. Because K(V) is true, K(V) must be a member of T and T is the set of all things God believes to be true. Thus, we have a mapping from the powerset (set of subsets of T) to a subset of T (the subset of all statements of the form K(V) for any V) and this mapping is one to one. This is logically impossible. Consequently, it is logically impossible for anyone to actually believe every true statement S and it is logically impossible to form a set T. The "set" T is not a set and consequently, no being can actually believe all statements in T since T is not a set. You also have the added problem that even if God were to be omniscient he would have no way of knowing that he actually was. It is logically impossible for him to figure out that he really is omniscient even if he were.
God had no time to create time.
todangst wrote:Example: Oxygen and Hydrogen are both gases, it follows that H2O is also a gas'Quote:Are you really this obtuse? Or is it deliberate? Within the scope of the analogy hydrogen and oxygen are being refered to as gases. The point of the example is to demonstrate that it is an error to assume that one can judge the 'whole' from a part.Well, sometimes it is (steam/water vapor) but since it can also be solid or liquid the point still stands.Quote:If there is an omnipotent, omniscient deity, then [good and evil] must be not only relative, but arbitrary, and completely contingent upon this deity.Quote:Quote:
I agree with the arbitrary and contingent conclusions, but not that it is relative.
Those who know the good, do the good. - Socrates