On 1/18/2013 1:19 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
A God-limited God - My Theodicy
A theodicy is a justification of God's ways to man.
This is my theodicy, based on the Bible and
reason. Comments appreciated.
Most of the so-called "contradictions" in the Bible,
such as a loving God lashing out at sinners,
practically committing genocide, or a loving God
allowing tsunamis to happen, or a loving God allowing
evil and suffering in this world, can be attributed
to a misunderstanding of God's true nature.
For reason, as well as the Bible, indicate that God has
willingly limited his possible actions in this world
to accord with his own pre-existing righteousness as well as
the pre-existing truths of necessary reason.
Thus that Christ had to die on the cross, instead of having the
sins of mankind simply forgiven by God, can be justified
by God's righteousness. That is, even God must obey
his own justice.
That's just silly. He is still described as punishing sins, and in particular the sin of
not believing in him and not worshiping him.
Similarly, God must obey the physics of his creation.
Physical disasters happen. God can't make 2+2 =5.
God lets the rain fall on the just as well as the unjust.
That's the god of deism, not Christianity.
And God has given man free will, so that men can
do evil as well as good.
Men didn't create small pox, cholera, or childhood leukemia.
Christianity : The belief that a walking dead Jewish deity who was his own father although
he always existed, commits suicide by cop, although he didn't really die, in order to give
himself permission not to send you to an eternal place of torture that he created for you,
but instead to make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh, drink his blood,
and telepathically promise him you accept him as your master, so he can cleanse you of an
evil force that is present in mankind because a rib-woman and a mud-man were convinced by
a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.
Although God has unlimited power in the kingdom of Heaven,
in this imperfect, contingent world he has had to limit his
powers of action.
- Roger Clough
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