Below, I'm paraphrasing from memory a couple of passages: On the subject of the persecution of the 'Bani Israel' Children of Israel by Pharoah, such that the male children were being killed and females kept alive, It reads that it was a great trial from God. At another place, it reads that know that whatever happens to you, good or bad, it is all inscribed in a decree before we bring it into existence. This is so that you do not despair of whatever passes you by, nor exult over ... There is a lot going on all over the world that one would like to wish away, but it helps to understand that all things / events / circumstances are trials, temporary and transient. In this life, nothing is a reward or punishment, rather everything is a trial, and an opportunity to do good deeds through helping those in need. Reward and Punishment are concepts associated with the Hereafter, and are of a permanent nature. No, he didn't say "Oops!", God exhorts us to reflect and ponder!
Samiya Sent from my iPhone On 02-Dec-2013, at 10:09 PM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote: > > On 02 Dec 2013, at 13:39, Samiya Illias wrote: > >> I agree that God is consistent. In my understanding, God is perfect in every >> possible meaning of the word. > > Is God perfect for the children in Syria? (Easy question on an hard subject) > > Here, you might hope that God will succeed in consolating them and that > everything is OK. But that state of mind might make us accept more easily > the tragedies, and that fatalism ... might be fatal for the incarnation of > the good. > > The question, put in a another way, who are you to judge God's perfection? > > You might, like Gödel, assume that God has all positive attributes and as > such is perfect, and one day we will understand the tragedies, but I am not > sure such a God makes sense for the universal machines. > > If it makes sense, then I am willing to bet it is a truth belonging to G*, > and not G. That would mean that God was perfect ... until you said so. > > The theological truth must remain silent, or be justified from some shared > assumptions. > > If you say God is perfect to those who lost people they care about, it might > be impolite, and you will again fuel atheism. > > Hell is paved with the best intentions. > > God might also not be perfect, and you might have the right to be angry > against She/Him/It. > > > > > >> I was objecting to the assertion below that 'Most theistic philosophers and >> theologians who have considered the issue agree that God did not create the >> laws of math and logic, and does not have the power to alter them (or any >> other "necessary" truths, > > God created logic and the integers, and arithmetic. Then he said "Oops!". > > Analysis, Topology, Algebra, Physics, History, Geography, archeology and > Theology are tools for the integers to understand themselves. > > Truth already warns the numbers: the path is infinite and there are surprises. > > Bruno > > > http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/ > > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. > Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.