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I see a reoccurring theme of "God isn't fair, so I don't like him" populating this place. Really?

If childhood taught us anything, it should have taught us that children shouldn't be allowed to decide what is fair, and God is far more knowledgeable than our parents ever were. They weren't perfect or holy or omniscient.

Yes, we look around and see terrible things that we don't understand. But to blame on God what we should take responsibility for ourselves is to continue making the same mistake we've been making all along--selfishness.

God didn't create imperfections. He created perfection, and we decided we didn't want it. Then, because God is LOVING, he provided a way for us to reconcile our differences with him. And people keep refusing it because they don't think God is FAIR enough. Then, to justify (at least in their minds) whatever they are doing is just and right, they need to pick apart the Bible by taking a few verses out of it and ignoring contextual and translation issues.

In short, this is not being fair to GOD. Stop pointing fingers at everyone else. Take responsibility for yourself. Don't blame your parents, the internet, or God for your faults. Just repent.

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Depends. And by that word I am inferring two different trains of thought: 1) it depends on the bathroom you are considering and 2) you could actually just wear Depends.

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Men voting on abortion?

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It affects the murdered child. Everyone should care about that.

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How about that time he got all the animals from different continents to traverse the world (crossing oceans) to all get on a boat, then go a good while without killing one another, then once the flood was gone, gave them the ability to repopulate the entire species through the inbreeding of one family after they once again crossed the globe to return to their proper habitats.

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The world wasn't then as it is now. Geographically, it was unified and split later. The Bible confirms this:

http://www.blueletterbible.org/...;t=KJV#comm/25

In this past version of the earth, geography wasn't an issue. All the animals lived everywhere, as there wasn't a difference in climate before the violent earth-shattering events surrounding the global catastrophe known as "the flood."

You will also notice in the earlier genealogies of Genesis, people lived much longer than we do today. There are at least two reasons for this. For one, the earth was in an optimal condition before the global flood catastrophe. Afterwards, it wasn't. Second, this time period was much closer to creation in terms of time than we are today. Genetics weren't much of a problem back then; relatives were forbidden only later by God in the time of Moses and the writing of the law as this became an issue.

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I like the one where God lets an angel kill Job's family to prove he's truly faithful, even though since he's God he would already know whether or not Job was legitimate.

(And for anyone who doesn't know, the story is Old Testament therefore the "Satan" the story mentions isn't the evil one in Christianity. He's simply an angel that tests mankind.)

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While you seem to miss the whole point of why Job was tested, my main question has to do with where you came up with the idea that the Satan of the Old Testament is different than the one from the New Testament. The Old and New Testaments confirm and complement each other; there is no incongruity between the two.

Scripture clearly calls Satan an angel, so I'm not sure why you make a distinction between Satan and an angel. He is said by the Bible to be the greatest of the angels, though he fell from grace due to sinful pride.

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Nope. I like the part in 2kings2:23-24 when god sends the vicious bears to kill 42 school boys who were calling Elijah "old baldy".

http://www.biblegateway.com/pas...38;version=NIV

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You are taking the Bible out of context. This happens when you don't look close enough at the text to discover that—based on the original language and not the English translation you are citing—the bear victims weren't "school boys." They were grown men.

http://bible.org/seriespage/eli...2-kings-223-25

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My favorite part of the Bible is context. You realize you are oversimplifying to the point of creating a logical fallacy, right?

Look at it this way. If you indeed are a created being, would not the creator have absolute freedom to do anything with you—his creation? Do you really feel qualified in your position to question your maker? The Bible also says God sustains his creation on a continual basis. If God suddenly decided he was tired of holding the universe together, he could just let it all go. We'd vanish. Yet here you are—living, breathing, and questioning. You don't take your questions far enough, though. You go just far enough to find excuses to doubt God. Why do you need to do this? What have you to gain? An absolution from guilt for something you are doing that you know isn't right? That's only human nature, but human nature is corrupted. Don't follow human nature; follow Christ.

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Like was mentioned earlier, we've had gun control laws for years (too many, IMO), and people still get hurt and killed from firearms. More gun control laws will not do a single thing. The only possible solution would be to ban guns, but doing so infringes on our 2nd Amendment rights and isn't a very effective solution anyway, because criminals will always find a way obtain guns illegally. Brave Americans have been giving their lives for our rights since this country started, and I feel every time we give up more rights for the sake of so-called security we are cheapening their sacrifices. Bad things happen, yes. But bad things will always happen regardless of what we do. No amount of government regulation will ever change that, and making firearms a scapegoat for every gun-related tragedy that comes along will not address the real issue of stopping the people who do bad things. A solution to the people problem will only take place when as a whole we wake up, pay attention to others, and actually get involved in other people's lives in a positive way instead of treating life like all is well and letting the government be responsible for everything we don't want to deal with.

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Of course. Statisticians arrive at certain information by aggregating data from many people and working with the information in such a way to give us the most accurate view of average results. In every population, there will be extreme highs and lows. Some will be so extreme as to skew the data. But sometimes those extremes just get thrown out for the sake of accuracy. The 110-year-old smoking woman is an extreme, and should not be looked to as a great role model of how to conduct our lives. Far more people (like my uncle, for instance) end up getting deadly cancer. Furthermore, if you believe as I do that God created and sustains life, you realize that your last day on earth was appointed by God long before you arrived here.

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Indeed. Separate beds for mom and pop bear are the most befuddling aspect of that story. Much more believable is the fact that bears are excellent soup chefs and have no problem voicing their opinions over optimal temperatures of soup for consumption.

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The Bible isn't just about telling stories. Understanding some of the Bible requires reading it the way the original authors meant for it to be understood. Too many people ignore religious, cultural and historical context, instead applying verses out of context in any way they choose simply because they don't care about comprehension. It's unfortunate so many people skim the surface and never bother to understand it in its context. If they did, many things would actually make sense and become "interesting."

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I assume the man believes differently than most people on the Science Committee. Why is that such a problem? He conducts research the same way as everyone else. He may interpret the data differently, but so what? The data are still there. Don't discriminate based on other's beliefs.

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The greatest harm you can do to science is to ridicule someone else for their ideas. Ideas are powerful. They may lead to discoveries, or they may not, but a multitude of ideas holds a potential far greater than that of some insisting everyone else dogmatically keeps to a specific set of views. And despite the "evidence" available for an evolutionary interpretation, some amount of faith is required by anyone who indeed believes it explains our origins. Everyone places some amount of faith in something. Why is it we always have to ridicule someone else for what they believe? Why does it even matter? All we have is now. Let's not waste time arguing about things that won't change the now.

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It's not necessarily necessary to spank; it depends on the child. Some children respond to certain forms of correction better than others. Know your children and what works. Discipline can be done wrong in any form, whether you revoke privileges, make them stand in the corner, or spank them. Most problems arising from punishment come from parents who don't do it lovingly. It doesn't matter what you do if you do it right. Don't spank children out of anger; spank them out of love. Make sure they understand you don't enjoy it. Always tell them why you spank them: to protect them from things far worse than a sore butt, because you love them.

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