Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Re threadsuk.com/thou-shalt-not-question-stephen-fry/

I saw a link to this article on Premier Christian radio show, "Unbelievable?"

James 4v17 says, "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins"

So then what excuse could an all powerful God have for not preventing the suffering on Earth ? A God who could see what was going on and who had the ability to do something about it but who stood idly by would have sinned, according to James 4v17

Think of all the things a perfect loving God could have done to prevent suffering down through the ages but didn't do.

Even giving the knowledge of germ theory would have helped prevent suffering yet Matthew 15 does not have Jesus show any appreciation of germ theory. Jesus could have said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "I agree that it is important to wash your hands in boiled water (cooled) before eating or helping with child birth or injuries, that is quite a good tradition. What goes into your mouth can make you ill and giving food contaminated with e-coli could cause permanent damage to peoples health. We do have a duty of care to others."

Romans 10v13 says Love does not harm.

An Almighty God who played a part in the evolution of life on Earth could have influenced the genetic make up of insects to make it impossible for them to be vectors of the pathogens which harm humans or to cause the extinction of insects such as mosquitos or parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus

The theory of evolution by natural selection suggests that each surviving species of mammal has kept ahead of the parasites and harmful bacteria etc which would cause the extinction of the species. There is a constant struggle for survival, predators are trying to survive by eating the species below them in the food chain. 

Humans now have the knowledge to give ourselves an increased edge over the things which would make our life shorter, nastier and more brutish. With the benefit of modern technology by can dramatically lengthen our life and have far less pain & illness. However if we enter a post antibiotic age or if agri-chemicals become less effective due to resistant weeds & diseases or if fossil fuels run out without sufficient new technologies to replace them then we could very quickly find ourselves at square one.

At any rate a real cosmic God could do infinte miracles to ensure  100% health from 0-70 years old then instantaneous death but we do not see this. Why not if Jesus had won a victory over sin and death ? Why not even for 'the chosen ones' ?  

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