Roger, you may be correct, yet the world is still a place red in truth and
claw. Don't be surprised, if your theodicy, which works well for you, doesn't
work so good for all. It's like a medicine that only is 30% effective. You
still want to keep it around, but you must, as a physician, be aware of the
limitation. On Free Will, we have the free will to like something or hate
something. But that something still pushes on anyway. The tsunami still flows
despite your prayers. So free will, is really just free opinion.
From: Roger Clough <rclo...@verizon.net>
To: - mindbr...@yahoogroups.com <mindbr...@yahoogroups.com>; everything-list
Sent: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 4:19 am
Subject: A God-limited God - My Theodicy
A God-limited God - My Theodicy
A theodicy is a justification of God's ways to man.
his is my theodicy, based on the Bible and
eason. Comments appreciated.
Most of the so-called "contradictions" in the Bible,
uch as a loving God lashing out at sinners,
ractically committing genocide, or a loving God
llowing tsunamis to happen, or a loving God allowing
vil and suffering in this world, can be attributed
o a misunderstanding of God's true nature.
For reason, as well as the Bible, indicate that God has
illingly limited his possible actions in this world
o accord with his own pre-existing righteousness as well as
he pre-existing truths of necessary reason.
Thus that Christ had to die on the cross, instead of having the
ins of mankind simply forgiven by God, can be justified
y God's righteousness. That is, even God must obey
is own justice.
Similarly, God must obey the physics of his creation.
hysical disasters happen. God can't make 2+2 =5.
od lets the rain fall on the just as well as the unjust.
And God has given man free will, so that men can
o evil as well as good.
Although God has unlimited power in the kingdom of Heaven,
n this imperfect, contingent world he has had to limit his
owers of action.
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