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He prepared everything for us, so Humans can live a comfortable life in Earth. God's time and our time is different. God never give that to us, the one who's giving that is Satan, all of that happened, is because of Sin, not God. God makes everythings perfect, everything that was Imperfect was happened when human disobey God's order, Ex.
When Eve and Adam ate the fruit from the tree that was on the middle of Eden garden. It is God's desire. Well what do you think? God is Almighty and He's beyond our human thinking. He can do anything that was impossible to Human. It did not said how many time it took on Bible. God is Almighty, He can do anything that was impossible to humans. The general population of the world today are either atheists or humanists which are both I feel quite the same with coined with different view points but the fact is God does exist he does not need me to prove he does because he does!
The first I would like to clarify is forgiveness. Forgiveness has been debased and messed up to the general public till it is a subject of puns and jokes. The Bible says that forgiveness of God is acquired through personal conviction and the acceptance of the need of a saviour. The intentioned sin, sins that you intentional plan to do and undertake them are abominable before the Lord, but even then if the individual finds God and sincerely asks for forgiveness then he is a new creation, he is forgiven.
An absurd question like why a parent can't kill a child on the bases that they are innocent and thus would got to heaven and the parent can then ask for forgiveness is an absurd twisted question. A true Christian would be abhorred by them. The taking of the human life is a sin that shows degraded mentality of an individual.
Christ says that to even be angry against a person and to keep the anger inside is like to kill. It clearly shows God's abhorrence for the sin murder. Secondly the question that why did God spend six days creating everything is fortuitous. When you buy a box of chocolate it is your ability to eat all of it in a day, but it doesn't necessarily mean you will. So why is that so different from God, he had the power to do it in a second but he chose to do it in a six day span! It is also an example to us, we are to take time in doing things not to rush into them taking time to contemplate and execute.
It is not to say God needed time to think that is not at all what I am saying for He knows all things. What I am saying is it is an example for us, we of mortal flesh to exercise patience in all our endeavours. God is a Failure? No and through all eternity he is not a Failure, but man is the failure. In the beginning in Eden man was the failure.
The Lord God always puts before man the way of Life and Death, of Good and Evil he forces not man but gives him the chance to make his own decisions he is a perfect God man is the creation which brought imperfection unto itself. Man when given the chance to obey God chose the devil. In Noah's time God gave man his freedom of will and yet again man chose to sin. Man had given dominion of the world into the Hands of the devil and the devil caused the rampage of sin yet still God gave the men of those times freedom of choice yet they continued to defile the world so God had to destroy the workings of his hands not due to his failure as a creator but man's failure as creature.
To further prove that Jesus Does exist the bible says in John 1: In Genesis 1 it says 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and earth was without form and void and the spirit of God was upon the waters' furthermore in Matthew Well the word Elohim as rightly said by a friend in this discussion is of plural meaning firstly signifying more than one or two since the Hebrew Eloah is for two in context to God. Now a rope is made of tiny other ropes but it doesn't stop the rope from being a rope.
Neither does an egg being made of a shell, a membrane and a yolk stop it from being an egg. The Trinity work in unison their intention and desires synced. They are the perfect meaning of Unity. Now to the Cause of Suffering and Pain. The Lucifer the first archangel of the Lord now the Devil is the main cause of suffering.
Now the most usual reaction of blaming the devil for the suffering of the world is usually met the with the sarcastic, blame-game, reception but is is truth. The Bible says the devil comes to 'Steal, Kill and Destroy' The Devil has no whatsoever good intention towards man no matter the covering he brings. Yet man turns to blame God for the suffering?
The bible clearly states that when man ate of the fruit of Good and Evil removed himself from the jurisdiction of God to under the Devil. We due to sinning put ourselves under the Reign of the Evil One. We pushed God out of the picture! We forsook him yet he sent Jesus to DIE for our sins. Yet the earth is still not completely removed of this Wicked Fallen Angel he continues to wreck havoc, but the Lord gives us hope. He says he will come again, to take his children home those who bear the Mark of God and the Testimony of Jesus, those who Love the Lord with all their hearts all their soul and all their strength.
So you would say where do there the diseases come from? Where do the wars come from? The Methodist, the Pentecostal, The Presbyterian and all the others. We do not believe in an eternal Hell. The Word of God in Revelation 20 the Bible talks about it. The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord.
The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later. If you're really interested in finding out about the true Hell and punishment of the ungodly please read you'll be amazed at the difference between the of biblical Hell, and I dare say this on my own, conjured meaning of Hell. If you have questions on what I have said please speak I would like to be of service to clarify things to you. That is the plumb line we have that we should follow. A lot more effort could have been done to answer the questions.
They might seem "stupid" but some people actually have an issue with some of these questions and caused people to doubt. As i said, Christianity has been so subbed divided that many people believe different things. For example i don't agree that there are different gods in Christianity but rather that it is adjectives describing God. Neither do i agree with the fact of no Hell at all. I'm not here to have an doctrinal debate about it.
Neither am i here to change anyone point views or maybe change mine because you guys showed me in the word that i am wrong because the word is truth, and our opinions and doctrine needs to be aligned to the word of God. God bless you for your time. What the Protestants did was commendable and many of you died for what i believe today. Flowing into Matth 3: Hope you enjoy the journey.
All i want to tell you guys is, don't simply believe what anyone tells you, but check in the word. We shouldn't just believe what the pastor, preacher, minister, friendly blogger whoever tells us just because of their position, but because it is accurate to what the Word says. I'm an atheist and I'm not stumped. Because instead of answering the questions, you basically avoid them by saying "god works in mysterious ways". That's not a logical answer And if Noah's Ark is only "a story" then what do you think the rest of the bible is?! Have a nice day! I have grown up in a christian family I just don't want to put my complete faith in someone I can't understand.
Iv'e accepted him in my heart and still talk to him everyday about everything and anything, but I do not completely put my trust in him, and I know christians always say "You can never fully understand God so just put your trust in him" but many christians say that as if it's so easy and as if they themselves completely trust him, when in all honesty if God asked them to give everything they owned to the poor they would hesitate.
If you completely trust someone, doubting them should be a foreign expression. Therefore I would like to ask questions in hopes that someone can explain them and help me more fully understand and trust God. I have been taught my whole life that God is all knowing. That he knows the future of all of us long before we are even born.
So why did he create us? I know it seems like a really dumb question to ask but, if he loved us then why did he create us to go through all this suffering? If he knew that Adam and Eve were going to fall I understand that he gave us free will therefore what Adam and Eve did was completely their fault then why did he create us? If he knew we would sin and turn away from him, that he would have to kill his son which would pain him greatly, that he would have to send us to hell to burn forever, that lucifer would fall Hell was created for lucifer, but why why didn't God just kill him?
Dosen't that mean God knew beforehand about all the suffering we would go through and the sin we would commit so he just let lucifer burn in a pit until we did eventually sin, so he could be set free for a while to torment us? I don't understand why he would ever create us to worship him, I mean he has a whole choir of angels up there worshiping him ALL the time. So why would he need to create us at all? Why would he literally create us even though he KNEW that billions of us would be sent to eternal torment? Why would he let satan have that pleasure? I thought that he hated him more than anything else, so why let him torture us if he 'loves' us even though we sin?
Why create us with free will if we really don't have a choice? I understand when the user YourNameHere made that whole analogy about hell Just in case you can't be bothered to find the comment: I understand that the firemen are represented as 'God', sinners are represented as the person in the burning building, and the fire represents hell so the analogy does make sense a bit, but then if the firemen were all knowing as god is wouldn't that mean they know the fires going to happen before it happens?
So then in the analogy they would have arrived when you called them rather than before, even though they knew the fire was going to happen and told you to trust them even though they knew what choice you were going to make, and if the fire represents hell that wouldn't it make sense to say that the firemen themselves made the building catch on fire just as God made hell?
So in a way your'e asking me to trust the very people that set my building on fire just because they are well respected by many others and they are 'trying' to save me. Thats probably not a good analogy but do you get what I mean? At this moment I've realised I have completely derailed and this is not just 1 question but actually a few I'm just gonna let you guys figure out what you want to answer and if you can please do.
Because he loves us. When Adam sinned the ownership of earth and everything on it was given to Satan and God was making a way to grab that ownership back. Hence why God had to flood the earth because sin was so grand He wanted us to get a chance at eternal life. That they would recognize him anywhere. And when Jesus died in that cross he thought of us He loves us more than the angles that are up in his presence.. And why is it hard? Hard to follow through and give it all up to Jesus? Because we need to EARN our way into heaven.. So if you wanna buy a car what do you do? You save money and sacrifice buying thise shoes or those clothes at the moment so you can have the money to buy that car..
Sacrifice the things we want now to do the things we need. Fasting, praying, reading the Bible, praising. He sacrificed it all for us. He was living so righteously before God that he never died. God took him to heaven with flesh and bone. I could keep rambling about this. But no one needs to push this onto you. Neither try to convince you.
Those who want to believe will. These questions are known by Christians and pastors collectively and instinctively, but none would admit it. If only the world new who God is then all the aforementioned questions and more would be answered. There is a reason why Satan is called a deceiver. It's more God created Satan but not as a deceiver. Satan had free will and then chose to try to rise above God and deceive. For anyone reading this article It was poorly written and the article tries to answer questions but fails to answer questions by dancing around the original question or coming up with theoretical conclusions.
To the author I hope that you can find the time in your life to go to a evangelical church, ask to speak to a pastor all these questions and anymore that you can come up with. You are completely blind and have yet to open your eyes. I understand that is a very odd concept but you are stuck in the world view so your "rant" has no direction or substance which is why Christians are reading this and out of Love asking you to take a look at your life, the way you perceive the world and ask yourself the question.
What if there really is a God. I am a follower of the living God and I know my God is a God of Love so I ask you to reach out to him because this rant looks like a cry for help. My fellow Christians are here to help you! Since you have 50 questions up there I'm not going to answer all 50 of them but here is an easy one a person who reads the bible would know.
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Hell is a Lake of fire, Eternal Darkness and the Gnashing of teeth and described in the bible which you said didn't have a definition. As with the rest of your questions most are indeed laughable. I was an atheist until I found how much proof there is for Christ. I wish I could say that I had the faith to believe but truthfully it is the outstanding proof for Jesus and the bible that lead me to faith. I will keep you in my prayers, please take some time to explore Christianity because the answers your looking for are all there. All 50 listed here and the infinite amount you will come up with trying to discover who Jesus is and why he died for you.
I am a high school student, and my friend and i answered the first 15 questions easily. XD But yes, to the author of this article, I hope you find what you are looking for Go to an evangelical church and study God's side of things. I recommend a Foursquare church. They tend to be very Evangelical. So you are saying that there are multiple Gods in the Bible.
You obviously just surface read, like you told Christians not to do in Q. You must've really not read it too, because these are all different names of God. These are all names of the same God. And if you still don't find that the Bible says these are separate names for the same person, you also have to remember that the Old Testament and the New Testament are both written in different languages, those being Ancient Hebrew and Ancient Greek.
Many sayings would be lost in translation. These names are all the same God. And in Answer to Q. When I prayed over it, i watched as it grew 6". How do you explain that using "real" atheist science? Yeah, that must be it -- a high school Christian talking about the nuances and depth of the Bible. They're not the same God. They have different meanings for different reasons. It's not translation, I'm using the original Hebrew. The Hebrews use different words for God for specific reasons. They go a bit deeper than the surface level Christian story.
Christians are the ones who need to go back and do their homework -- not the Hebrews.
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Can I just say, this was hilarious to read. I am a Jehovah's witness. First of all, the bible tells us that there is only one god, that's an easy answer. The Bible mentions hell, not hellfire. Hell, In the Hebrew language, otherwise known as Sheol, means "nothing" literally.
When we die, nothing happens. The bible tells us in revelation that only , people, that God has chosen, will Go to heaven. I could answer them all, but because I am a Jehovah's witness, I will say that the things that's different sects of Christianity believe in have no solid evidence in the bible. That's one of your questions answered. The reason nothing happens when we die is because, as Jesus said before he resurrected Lazarus, death is just a deep sleep, like unconsciousness or a coma.
The book of Daniel tells us that soon, there will be a new system, a new world, where god will destroy the wicked and keep those who serve him to help god, along with Jesus and the ,, to rebuild the earth to a perfect state. Going back to question 2, those who have died will awake from there sleep and have a chance to prove themselves to god.
This who obey god will get everlasting life, and will live without pain and will have a perfect body. This all happens while the , rule with Jesus in heaven. All 3 questions answered. You should read the bible before you ask questions. The word used in These are all different Hebrew words used for different reasons. You can't lump them all into "God" and think you're being accurate.
They are different words used for different reasons. If you go back to Genesis 1: And of course in Genesis 1: Us and our are plural, as is the Hebrew word elohim.
So you may have a bit more homework to do. This stuff isn't accidental. There's a reason these different words are used and then translated poorly in English. It's just that most Christians don't study it and know the difference or want to know the difference. Then we have the whole discussion about John There's way more to it than simply one verse and calling it a day. This is just a few verses. We could go into interreligious study which of course Christians won't do and even non-Biblical books where Jesus talks like the Gospel of Thomas and other Nag Hammadi texts.
I've heard your sales pitch before. And I'm not anti-Christian by any means. I just know most Christians take a dumbed down, low level interpretation of scripture, which is fine until you start running into contradictions. When we die we are in a deep sleep, like a coma or like being unconscious. This is what Jesus said when he resurrected Lazarus.
If the devote their lives to god, do his will, and live a life that is in concordance with gods view of good, then they can be picked. Not only that, they are chosen by Jesus to rule with him over a paradise earth. The book of Daniel tells and speaks of this new paradise earth, and even prophecy's accurately about when it is to come.
The , will rule with Jesus on this paradise earth and will help rebuild it. Those who are not announced but still serve god in a way that pleases him will be on the earth rebuilding it, while Jesus and the , will direct them. I said earlier about how when we due, we are in a deep sleep. Everyone who sleeps eventually wakes up. Likewise, those who did die, whether they served god or not, will be resurrected. That is if god chooses them, as he may not choose Adam and Eve etc. Then, they will have a choice to either serve god or to disobey him, which will ultimately result in death forever. Those that remain faithful to god will receive perfection, and everlasting life without pain.
Actually, the reason they are spelt differently is because no one knew and still doesn't know how to spell gods name. That is why Jews stopped using the name of god because they didnt know how to spell it or pronounce it. All you have to do is research in some encyclopedias and older books and they will tell you this. There is only one god, and if you want me too, I can show you a verse from the bible to prove it. Its just that, just like Jesus, god has many titles, and also, no one knows how gods name is really spelt or pronounced.
I hope that you understand the true meaning of life and why God have given it to you. This world is not my final home. God has given everybody a mission to complete, or a goal God wants to have you complete it. If you can't complete it, its still fine, the important thing is that you have to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he suffered for you, so you can earn a eternal life.
I also wish that somebody can show you the results that God. Jehovah does not create robot gods, all his creation, including his angelic sons, Jesus, Satan before his fall, and humans. Jehovah taught them all and gave them free will to choose eternal life or death. Get a Bible study with people who use the most accurate Bible Owl Ask Google this question: What is the most accurate Bible translation in the world?
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I also wish that somebody can show you the results that God really does exist. Because Noah's ark is a true thing, and it's been proven. Also Ill say that atheists are going into a very wrong directions Now that's the thing thats not just "Oh well,Ill spend some more time in it and it'll be over". No ,no no no, its not how it works buddy. Its eternal,And so you say that people die and nothing comes after? So Ill say that people had a death and a resurrection experience , and they saw hell and the heavens,I really hope that God enters your life buddy, because even if something bad happens like cancers, or any other diseases , its just a life test, our whole life is a test, and death is just another door to the eternal hell either to eternal heavens.
Jehovah God himself directed Bible writers to use his name. For example, he inspired the prophet Joel to write: And what does the divine name, Jehovah, mean? Why is the name missing from many Bible translations? Some feel that Almighty God does not need a unique name to identify him.
Others appear to have been influenced by the Jewish tradition of avoiding the use of the name, perhaps out of fear of desecrating it. As noted above, God directed that his name be included in his Word some 7, times. Obviously, he wants us to know and use his name. Translators who remove the name out of deference to Jewish tradition fail to recognize a key fact. While some Jewish scribes refused to pronounce the name, they did not remove it from their copies of the Bible.
Ancient scrolls found in Qumran, near the Dead Sea, contain the name in many places. Who do they believe gave them authority to make such a change? Only they can say. Those who say that the divine name should not be used because it is not known exactly how to pronounce it will nevertheless freely use the name Jesus. Under inspiration, the Greek translation of his name was recorded in the Bible, showing that first-century Christians followed the sensible course of using the form of the name common in their language.
As was true of all written words in ancient Hebrew, the Tetragrammaton contained no vowels. When ancient Hebrew was in everyday use, readers easily provided the appropriate vowels. About a thousand years after the Hebrew Scriptures were completed, Jewish scholars developed a system of pronunciation points, or signs, by which to indicate what vowels to use when reading Hebrew.
Thus, it seems that when they copied the Tetragrammaton, they combined the vowels for the substitute expressions with the four consonants representing the divine name. Therefore, the manuscripts with those vowel points do not help in determining how the name was originally pronounced in Hebrew. However, there is no reason to be dogmatic. Because that form of the divine name has a long history in the English language.
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What is the meaning of the name Jehovah? He not only caused the physical universe and intelligent beings to exist, but as events unfold, he continues to cause his will and purpose to be realized. Therefore, the meaning of the name Jehovah is not limited to the related verb found at Exodus 3: So while the name Jehovah may include this idea, it is not limited to what he himself chooses to become.
It also includes what he causes to happen with regard to his creation and the accomplishment of his purpose. I suggest everyone study basic teachings of other religions and compare them. Bible is so corrupted and verses are contradictory. Many stories deemed man-made. Bible was not preserved in original form and of course, translations suffer lost of accurate meaning. In other words, Bible is not considered authentic and unreliable. I actually came onto this article because I was having trouble believing in my faith.
I was confused and conflicted. I wanted to see hard questions being discussed tactfully. What I got was a whiny response to very reasonable and deep questions. Most of them were not even answered! You avoided all of the questions you did not know the answer to. You sounded like a cranky child, and I still have no answers to my hard questions. If you truly believe that "most Christians are pretty stupid" in the sense that you are referring to yourself as a smart one, I worry what kind of idiots you've been hanging out with!
I believe some of these questions warrant a different response. Jesus makes references to the Old Testament and in providing clarity has asked the Jews listening why they nullify the words of god with the traditions of their elders. We understand from Moses that he was advising on right and wrong and eventually gave leaders guidelines for determining these things while he would then be freed up to only hear on the most important or challenging issues. Additionally, we know through historical accounts that those pharases had to bid for those positions and came from wealthy status rather than humble and spiritual statuses.
The most pure of us all are still faulty. I wish I could go through and add commentary for each of these questions. I have observed that through studying philosophy and religion a little or fair amount, you can be drawn away from it. I read the gospels and learned how incredibly well preserved they are and read unabridged English translations of non-Christian sources from antiquity.
Books in the Bible elude to various and segregated places of heaven. Additionally, the book of Enoch referenced by Moses etc. Away from me you evil doer. We can however help ourselves by committing to unbiased self study. After all, as a Christian I ask: My heart breaks when I read this. The answers are not answered correctly and are giving lies to others. I dearly wish that wolves did not have access to sheep skins.
This article doesn't show at all who God is. People ask why God let bad things happen; I asked that myself. I have every reason, by the world's standards, to hate God. If God didn't reveal that He is always with me and loves me, not because He has to, but because He love who I am I'm not perfect, I screw up a lot and am no better than anyone else. He knew each one of us before He created the world, He knew our faults, our mistakes, our shortcomings and He loved us knowing how screwed up we really are. He knew the bad things that would happen but He didn't prevent all of it because then He would have to take away our free will.
I don't want to write so much that you won't read. If you have questions please feel free to email me at: When an astounding number of your comebacks to these questions are "It's not real. I have true good news love was jesus's motive accept his love not the fucking bible or religon and live your life not judging and telling people how to live,we have laws in our countries and that are the ones to follow if you dont want trouble in your life today and forever is already done for all fucking people believe in the christ its that easy.
Im just 17, How can jesus heal? Never heard of Jesus? The simplest, and indeed the only logical way to deal with this question is this: These answer tell us nothing worth knowing. My brother died at 20 years old of testicular cancer. It was a very painful death for him and I. I prayed for weeks up until he died. I asked Jesus to spare his life. My brother was a good Christian boy. So my question is simple. Why did Jesus kill my brother?
There is no Christian answer that works. If Jesus could cure cripples and the blind, then sparing my brother's life would have been simple. The answer of course is that Jesus was simply a good man and not the son of God. And all of Christianity is mythology maintained to employee Christian hucksters. Honestly, I understand both sides to some of the questions, but question 3 is like asking: I then asked did Jesus deny himself?
Love himself , did he even have a self? I asked many religious people I googled the phrase "Did Jesus have a self" and only 3 wesbsite results and none addressed the question no answers What I mean by the self is And you sound any different?
You're in love with yourself mate and your bias shows a lot of idiocy. Your answers are no answers at all. You didn't have to stop because you never started. Sarcasm may be a form of wit but yours is at kindergarten level. Skip to main content. If God is omnipotent all-powerful , why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once? If God is so perfect, then why did he create something so imperfect allowing pain, suffering and daily atrocities? Same as above Why did the little old lady that God healed one Sunday need her walker to get around again next Sunday?
Was she only temporarily worthy of a healing? Same as above How did Noah fit the millions and millions of species on this planet into his ark? If Noah did fit all of these species on the ark for forty days and forty nights, how did the penguins make it from Mt. Ararat to the Antarctic? How did the koala bears make it to Australia with no eucalyptus to eat along the way? What is the message being told? Why do innocent children have to suffer with terminal diseases such as cancer? How is it that the bible explains the earth to be 6, to 8, years old when we know that dinosaur bones are at least 65 million years old?
The Bible doesn't say this - Welfare Christians do. What does this type of attitude say about his character? By definition, he would be described as a tyrant. If Jesus died on the cross and spent three days in hell to pay for the sins of the world, then why would we have to go to hell ourselves and pay for them again?
God is then, in essence, being paid for our sins twice. If that is the case, why should we care that he died for our sins if his sacrifice means nothing at all? Perhaps one should first ask what hell is really talking about. This is all religious crap, it has nothing to do with God or the Bible. What good is it for us to have free will if the intention is for us to not use it? Sure, we can use our free will, but we will burn in hell for eternity if we do. It sounds like a set-up to me. What purpose does hell serve?
We know that we feel physical feelings through electrical impulses that send information to our brains through our nervous system. Once we die, we no longer feel pain due to the lack of a physical nervous system and, oh yeah, a brain. If God is omnipotent, why does he not just show himself to all of us, all at once, thereby ending this game of free will and temptation?
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Maybe he only shows himself to people who live by universal law. If God is perfect and his creations perfect, why did he fail several times? He had to impose suffering upon the human race because Adam and Eve defied him by eating of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He had to flood the planet 1, years later wiping out all but eight humans. He had to confuse human language after Nimrod and the Tower of Babel incident so that they could not effectively communicate with each other. How is this a track record of a perfect being?
If, in the beginning, there was only God and he created everything, why would he create angels that had the propensity to defy him? This very fallacy led to Lucifer challenging his authority because he desired to share the same power as God. This led to the rise, or fall depending on how you look at it, of Satan, the most notorious enemy of God and his followers.
A disciple of Christ, Thomas, was a skeptic. He walked with Jesus during his time on earth and physically witnessed with his own eyes certain miracles performed by him such as raising Lazarus from the dead and so forth. However, after the crucifixion, Jesus supposedly rose three days later. Thomas did not believe it was truly him despite being told, prior to the incident by Jesus, that he would rise again in three days. Thomas required physical proof. Jesus allowed him to touch him and feel the wounds in his body to offer proof.
Those that doubt his existence are no different than Thomas, requiring physical proof and he was a disciple of Jesus himself. If one arrives at a negative conclusion concerning the first part of the question, the second part of the question does not arise; and my position, as you may have gathered, is a negative one on this matter. However, later in the same lecture, discussing modern non-anthropomorphic concepts of God, Russell states: That sort of God is, I think, not one that can actually be disproved, as I think the omnipotent and benevolent creator can.
As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one can prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods.
In his essay, What Is An Agnostic? An agnostic thinks it impossible to know the truth in matters such as God and the future life with which Christianity and other religions are concerned. Or, if not impossible, at least impossible at the present time. An atheist, like a Christian, holds that we can know whether or not there is a God.
The Christian holds that we can know there is a God; the atheist, that we can know there is not. The Agnostic suspends judgment, saying that there are not sufficient grounds either for affirmation or for denial. Later in the essay, Russell adds: I think that if I heard a voice from the sky predicting all that was going to happen to me during the next twenty-four hours, including events that would have seemed highly improbable, and if all these events then produced to happen, I might perhaps be convinced at least of the existence of some superhuman intelligence. Although radical and unpalatable to conventional theologians, Weatherhead's agnosticism falls far short of Huxley's, and short even of weak agnosticism: Of course, the human soul will always have the power to reject God, for choice is essential to its nature, but I cannot believe that anyone will finally do this.
Ingersoll , an Illinois lawyer and politician who evolved into a well-known and sought-after orator in 19th-century America, has been referred to as the "Great Agnostic". Is there a supernatural power—an arbitrary mind—an enthroned God—a supreme will that sways the tides and currents of the world—to which all causes bow? I do not deny. I do not know—but I do not believe. I believe that the natural is supreme—that from the infinite chain no link can be lost or broken—that there is no supernatural power that can answer prayer—no power that worship can persuade or change—no power that cares for man.
I believe that with infinite arms Nature embraces the all—that there is no interference—no chance—that behind every event are the necessary and countless causes, and that beyond every event will be and must be the necessary and countless effects. Is there a God? I do not know. One thing I do know, and that is, that neither hope, nor fear, belief, nor denial, can change the fact. It is as it is, and it will be as it must be.
In the conclusion of the speech he simply sums up the agnostic position as: We can be as honest as we are ignorant. If we are, when asked what is beyond the horizon of the known, we must say that we do not know. In Ingersoll explained his comparative view of agnosticism and atheism as follows: The Agnostic is an Atheist.
The Atheist is an Agnostic. Demographic research services normally do not differentiate between various types of non-religious respondents, so agnostics are often classified in the same category as atheists or other non-religious people. Agnosticism is criticized from a variety of standpoints. Some religious thinkers see agnosticism as limiting the mind's capacity to know reality to materialism. Some atheists criticize the use of the term agnosticism as functionally indistinguishable from atheism; this results in frequent criticisms of those who adopt the term as avoiding the atheist label.
Theistic critics claim that agnosticism is impossible in practice, since a person can live only either as if God did not exist etsi deus non-daretur , or as if God did exist etsi deus daretur. Religious scholars such as Laurence B. Brown criticize the misuse of the word agnosticism, claiming that it has become one of the most misapplied terms in metaphysics.
Brown raises the question, "You claim that nothing can be known with certainty According to Pope Benedict XVI , strong agnosticism in particular contradicts itself in affirming the power of reason to know scientific truth. The knowledge of God has always existed". The Catholic Church sees merit in examining what it calls "partial agnosticism", specifically those systems that "do not aim at constructing a complete philosophy of the unknowable, but at excluding special kinds of truth, notably religious, from the domain of knowledge".
The Council of the Vatican declares, "God, the beginning and end of all, can, by the natural light of human reason, be known with certainty from the works of creation". Blaise Pascal argued that even if there were truly no evidence for God, agnostics should consider what is now known as Pascal's Wager: Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli cited 20 arguments for God's existence,  asserting that any demand for evidence testable in a laboratory is in effect asking God, the supreme being, to become man's servant.
According to Richard Dawkins , a distinction between agnosticism and atheism is unwieldy and depends on how close to zero a person is willing to rate the probability of existence for any given god-like entity. About himself, Dawkins continues, "I am agnostic only to the extent that I am agnostic about fairies at the bottom of the garden. He states that "agnosticism about the existence of God belongs firmly in the temporary or TAP category. Either he exists or he doesn't. It is a scientific question; one day we may know the answer, and meanwhile we can say something pretty strong about the probability.
Ignosticism is the view that a coherent definition of a deity must be put forward before the question of the existence of a deity can be meaningfully discussed. If the chosen definition is not coherent, the ignostic holds the noncognitivist view that the existence of a deity is meaningless or empirically untestable. Ayer , Theodore Drange , and other philosophers see both atheism and agnosticism as incompatible with ignosticism on the grounds that atheism and agnosticism accept "a deity exists" as a meaningful proposition that can be argued for or against.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The view that certain metaphysical claims — such as the existence of God or the supernatural — are unknown and perhaps unknowable. Not to be confused with Gnosticism. Humanistic Metaphysical Methodological Religious. Philosophy portal Religion portal. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
In the most general use of the term, agnosticism is the view that we do not know whether there is a God or not. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in God, whereas an atheist disbelieves in God. In the strict sense, however, agnosticism is the view that human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify either the belief that God exists or the belief that God does not exist. In so far as one holds that our beliefs are rational only if they are sufficiently supported by human reason, the person who accepts the philosophical position of agnosticism will hold that neither the belief that God exists nor the belief that God does not exist is rational.
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