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Why do people persistently misinterpret information that is clear and concise information? How is it that so many people can be so oblivious to the obvious?
Can freewill and predestination be rectified? No, they cannot. Freewill must exist free and clear of any known and set outcome. Now, freewill can exist right along side of knowing a variety of possible outcomes, but the outcome itself must not be set. But that is not the only problem with the idea of predestination.
There is considerable conflict between predestination and the notion that God is just and merciful. If God, who is supposed to be a just, merciful, and loving God, has everybody's life all set and ready to go even before they are born then this God is anything BUT just and merciful and loving...Because what kind of God predestines babies to be born addicted to
What kind of God predestines thousands of people to die horrible deaths at the grubby paws of a handful of psychopathic religious extremists who decide to jack some passenger airliners and fly them into buildings? How about WWI and WWII, the numerous attempts (and some times successes) of genocide, little kids that die terribly from the cancers that ravage their bodies, or people who are beaten to death because of their sexual preference or the color of their skin?
And while those religious folk out there who just love to draw deep lines of separation in the sands of faith hold their signs of hate high above their heads, be sure to remind them of that part of their scriptures that does say that love is patient, kind, everlasting, understanding, and conquers all... because conquering all does include gender. If love really is all of these great things and is such a great power, and it is, then God is also the same way, right?
And what does it say in certain scriptures in regards to God and Love? Why, it says that God IS Love. So, follow that line of reasoning and you will see why God cannot possibly hate gays and lesbians, because if Love conquers all, and if God is Love, then guess what? God also conquers all...to include gender. People can try their hardest to try to twist scriptures to fit their hate, but it does not make what they say truth. The Holy Bible is supposed to be a sword of truth, but it isn't. Yet, people still swallow such crap every day.
According to many, the Holy Bible is supposed to be the actual Word of God as so related to specific people, prophets, or apostles who were supposedly under the influence of God. And how do people know that the writers of the scriptures were under the direct influence of God? Why, because they say so in the very same text that they supposedly wrote while under the influence of God. What do you know...it is the original D.U.I. Deluded Under the Influence. And, people take such as truth.
There are very serious problems with this line of reasoning. No outside sources whatsoever are utilized.The writers of the Holy Bible use what they have written as the validating factors for what they have written. Well, isn't that nice? It is truth because we say it is truth. And God forbid if you should question what they say is truth, because then you are being actively poisoned by the Devil.
Keep in mind, if you offer a differing opinion or point of view these very same people will ask you for proof, actual, factual valid proof for what you believe. And they certainly will not take, "Because I hold it to be true," as a valid answer.
Ask a religious individual how they know Jesus is the Son of God, that God created man, that Jesus died for the sins of all men, that the Immaculate Conception is real, that Jesus walked on water, that Jesus performed amazing miracles, that Jesus rose from the dead, and that in order to not go to hell you have to believe exactly as the Bible says? What answer do they give you? "Because it says so in the Bible, God's own Word and instruction."
And, if you try to tell them that you also have literature/scripture that teaches and speaks of such things as very, VERY real you will find not one shred of truth is allowed or extended to your beliefs or related literature. It will not matter how many ways you try to put it that everything you believe in is in your specific belief's literature. It is your basic 'do as I say and not as I do' bullshit. What that basically translates to is the typical double standard that is practiced and preached the world over.
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