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5 Reasons God Allows Tragedies Like the Sandy Hook Massacre To Occur

jaxxie Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:08 AM
Based upon reading some of your other columns, I wouldn't exactly call you a Christian, Hawkins. You have a tendency to be mean-spirited, petty and hateful towards those who disagree with you, so writing one column where all of a sudden you're this magical Christian thinker doesn't fly with me. And using the "God's Will" argument, when man has the ability to improve his circumstances, and improve outcomes by taking action instead of passively sitting back, or thinking that more guns and more people with lethal weapons is the answer is not exactly "Christian" thinking.
apilgrim Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:27 PM
What do you mean by "improve"? Christians have improved the lives of humanity since time one. Christians built hospitals and schools. They invented marvelous things to make life better for mankind. They work hard. They love and help those who cannot work. They thank God for the bountiful blessings He showers on them and their families. They worship God and seek ways to be better at returning His love. Christians are the least passive people on earth. They die for love of God and neighbor. Jaxxie, you need to look at who you describe as Christian. You are mistaken.
NullifyNow Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:49 PM
apil
I take it you meant that Christians are the most passive Etc.....
mbenton92 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 11:33 AM
And of course, you believe that MAN gave himself the ability to improve his circumstances, and improve outcomes? I'm afraid the day God was giving out brains when you were born, you thought he said rain and ran for cover. God created man with free will. He also gave Satan, who happened to have been an egotistical Angel to begin with, and who wanted to put himself equal to or above God, so therefore was banned from heaven, free will to try and 'seduce' his precious humans and lead them astray. Satan succeeded with the very first humans, and continues his work today.
Joycey Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 11:16 AM
I believe Jesus was being honest with passion when He said,"You serpents, you brood of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell."


Honesty is not mean. It is meant to save.
NullifyNow Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:28 PM
Joy I think it would be more accurate to say that TRUTH is not mean and is meant to save. We know that hitler was a fairly honest man...honest about evil. Thus honestly must have a context. The truth is the truth in whatever context.
NullifyNow Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:28 PM
Joy I think it would be more accurate to say that TRUTH is not mean and is meant to save. We know that hitler was a fairly honest man...honest about evil. Thus honestly must have a context. The truth is the truth in whatever context.
NullifyNow Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:28 PM
Joy I think it would be more accurate to say that TRUTH is not mean and is meant to save. We know that hitler was a fairly honest man...honest about evil. Thus honestly must have a context. The truth is the truth in whatever context.
NullifyNow Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:29 PM
A million apologies for multiple posts.
NullifyNow Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:29 PM
A million apologies for multiple posts.
NullifyNow Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:54 AM
Jax
So what makes you so mean and hateful? Atheism?
Tea Party in Wisconsin formerlyTea Party Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 1:36 PM
I think there are two sides to the so called 'athieism'..on the one hand there are those who do not believe but don't care if we do, more or less a 'knock yourself out' kind of attitude, whereas those like Jax and others, it's not that they don't believe, they do. They believe just enough to HATE God for whatever reason they can conjure up and since they can't do anything to GOD, they spew their anger and hate at believers. I have more respect for true atheists, the GOD HATERS are in a class by themselves.
inkling_revival Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:38 AM
That's right, jaxxie, to be Christian REALLY means that a person has no faults, never errs, and behaves in all ways just like you imagine god would be if he were as enlightened as you.

It has nothing whatsoever to do with the recognition of one's innate fallibility and sinful inclinations, and calling on a merciful God to deliver one from those inclinations and the hellish faults that arise from them.

So it is perfectly reasonable to assert, as you do, that if a Christian exhibits human fallibility, they might not be Christian.

For my part, though, I'm not inclined to accept the judgment of a fool who criticizes something he will not even bother to understand.

As a Christian, it can be difficult to reconcile all the evil that happens in the world with an all knowing, all powerful loving God who could stop it if He wants, but chooses not to do so. If our hearts break for the innocent children who were senselessly murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, how can a God who loves us not feel the same way? If any of us had known what Adam Lanza was going to do, we would have done anything in our power to stop him, so why didn't God? All too often we tend to quote...