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

Proud Lib Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 3:09 PM
I have to agree that tragedies happen because we have free will, and I also believe God does not directly intervene in earthly events, so bad things do happen to good people. However, I take issue with Hawkins's conflation of "good people" and "Christians" or "believers" in item #2. Even if you believe atheists, agnostics, and followers of non-Christian faiths are condemned to hell (I don't, but that's another argument), don't you have to grant that many of them are indeed "good people" in the way they conduct their lives--kind, generous, loving? I certainly know many who are!
Joycey Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 4:22 PM
There is a very good section about that that I think Paul wrote. I'll have to remember.
Troy103 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 3:41 PM
There's a problem with your philosophy Proud Lib. When referencing "good people," how "good" is good enough? Sounds pretty subjective to me. There's saved people and "good" people. I'll take saved every time over trying to be "good" enough.
Carl469 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 4:02 PM
So it's okay to commit evil, so long as you'll be forgiven (you hope) on Sunday?
Ken6226 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 4:24 PM
Carl, is that what Troy said? Maybe you should read his posts before you comment on them.
Joycey Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 4:28 PM
There aren't any good people hence a Savior.

And the letter from James clearly teaches about works. Works do not save but they are a clear indication of where your heart is. If you are focused on sin then you are probably not saved. God defines sin in the law. The law condemns everyone.

Saved people are not good people they should be improving though.

As Jesus said. Why do you call me good? Only God is good.
nawlins72 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 4:55 PM
"There aren't any good people hence a Savior."

Such a convoluted perception of the world.
Joycey Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 5:14 PM
How is that convoluted? I will not get an answer because you do not have one.
Shlomo O'Kelly Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 8:54 PM
No. As it is written: "As ye sow, so shall ye reap". Yeah, one can be forgiven his sins, but he can also still be punished for them. Why? Justice.

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...