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i guess i sort of have a lot going on in my mind. a lot of it is sadness for those who are completely lost. has anybody heard of yahoo! answers? basically, people ask their questions about any type of subject, and the yahoo community answers them. i was into it a lot in middle school or something, and i have started up again, answering people's questions or concerns on religion, god, and everything that falls in between that.

there are countless questions every single day asking "is god real?" "how do you know that god is real?" today, i came across one i couldn't resist answering. and i am sad for people who are so lost. it literally makes me cringe. for an example: when something absolutely terrible happens in their life, the death of a loved one, a broken heart, anything, they aren't communicating to god. so how are they happy? how do they get through? i don't know. i suppose it interests me a little bit. i am always wondering how people get by. 

so that question: "you christian's say that your god hates gays. what is your god going to do when gay marriage is legalized?" 
ahh. okay. i took a stand on gay marriage a few weeks ago. you can view it here if you're interested. anyways, i see questions like that often. maybe, "you say your god loves everyone and is real. if he was real, why doesn't he step in when someone is murdered?" this is where my religion plays a massive part. i loathe the question, "why would god allow this to happen?" i always said that when i was in high school. we lost someone very close to us & i didn't know if i believed in religion anymore. here's what i learned as time went on:

god doesn't 'step in' when it comes to agency. for an example: in our situation, we lost a family friend serving a mission in africa. a drunken man was walking on the highway & he swerved to miss him, making the car roll. he lost his life. god didn't step in to stop that. because he would be messing with the drunken man's agency. you see? he can't take that away. why? because what would we be learning here? what would our purpose here? if god could step in & change every sad or bad incident, what would the purpose be? where would our learning experiences come from? and our strengthened faith from God helping us get through?


 i would be interested in hearing people's point of view when it comes to not believing in god. if you do, do you see where i'm comin from? do i make any sense at all? i dunno. maybe i'm a bit silly.



14 comments

  1. I don't quite understand it either. I have family members that are so atheist and friends that are and they have so much anger towards religion. I think it's just an excuse to kind of do what they want an not feel like they are being dictated over, or they are just so angry with god they choose to believe he doesn't exist bile because things don't go their way. I love everyone and I'm not judging butninhave yet to meet an athiest that gives me a legitimate reason for their belief an I have yet to meet one that is not full of anger and hate. Just my opinion. We all have our agency and he can't always step in. If that were the case nobody would ever die.

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  2. I have a hard time understanding those questions as well. I usually answer it the same way you did--God's plan was centered around giving us our freedom to choose. It was so important to Him that He sent us down here knowing some of us would choose poorly and not make it back to Him. That's got to feel pretty sad to Him sometimes. But He knows we have to be able to make our own mistakes and our own choices.

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  3. I couldn't agree more! My best friend lost her mom suddenly while we were in high school. A young man driving down the mountain fell asleep, and hit her vehicle head on. My friend lost her faith for a long time. She wanted to know why God would allow this, and I had to explain it just like you said. There has to be a consequence for that boys decision. If God stepped in whenever someone did something wreckless, we would all start to think we were invincible. People would have no sense of control at all. Can you imagine a world where everyone was like that? Yikes.

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  4. You are awesome!! And I think it is great that you answer those types of questions on Yahoo! I never would have thought to do that!

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  5. I had a miscarriage a few months ago followed by some pretty scary complications. I remember thinking ' why me God? Why do I have to deal with this?' but then I thought okay I don't understand this, but I can dwell in my sadness or I can reach out and get the help I need to move on. since then my life has been incredibly blessed and even though I still don't have the baby I want so badly, I see that my life had been blessed so much, even if I could change things I wouldn't. God knew something I didn't, and although it hurt so badly at first and still does sometimes, he was right. I don't think God hates gay people. he made them, he designed them, he cares about their every struggle and tear but that doesn't mean he will take away their trial. if I were a betting person I would put everything on the belief that God had very special and unique blessings for those people who follow him when it requires so much sacrifice.

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  6. I love this post! Its so true! God doesn't step in when it is someones agency, but he is there to stand by your side when he can't step in. He never leaves, he is always there cheering for us, supporting us, and loving us! I love your posts, they make me think!
    XOXO
    dani
    www.lovemedanimarie.com

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  7. God's greatest gift to us WAS our agency. Because he is infinite in his wisdom, he can see how everything will play out after every decision. But he is there for us to help us with the effects of our choices or others choices. We are on this Earth to learn and to love--neither of which would be possible without free agency.

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  8. I believe in a RELATIONSHIP with God, not a "religion". I am one of those people that believe that everything happens for a reason and that without sadness there is no happiness kinda thing.
    I think that it is great that you are answering peoples questions. It must be hard to answer them and then get something really really mean back to you. I wish I had that skill to be able to talk to people about that but when I do, I either talk over there heads or get bad response which makes it hard. Guess in time I will get better.

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  9. This is a great post! I know my husband and I look at family members and folks we know who have fallen away from their faith and/or don't believe in God and we feel sad for them too. I cannot imagine having no hope or faith, its my life line. At the end of the day, all we who believe can do is pray for them and be an authentic witness of joy and God's love to them.

    P.S. Great post too on so-called gay marriage...I agree with everything you said and you said it all in a thoughtful way!

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  10. I think things like this happen as a result of Adam and Eve's disobedience. God didn't plan us to live like this, but we all live in a sinful world. That's just my take on these situations, though.

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  11. I have chills all over my body from reading this post. I think we all have a purpose in our life - that's why we're here for a bigger reason and meaning than we could possibly know. & when someone dies they're purpose is over or just beginning. When someone dies it lights a flame in someone else to be better and to change someone elses life. God is ALWAYS in control. He knows everything before it even happens.

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  12. :) :) LOVE! P.S. I think Fit Friday thing is a great idea for collaboration. I will email you! xo

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  13. I enjoyed reading your post. I think its amazing that you're such a spiritual person. With that in mind I've found this book to be extremely helpful in answering some of those really tough questions right from the Bible. It may be of interest to you. :) http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/why-does-god-allow-suffering/

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