Thought for the Week - Reverend Pat Palmer

Basingstoke Gazette: Reverend Pat Palmer Reverend Pat Palmer

WHEN bad things happen, someone is murdered or violently assaulted, or there’s a major crash or earthquake, the question that’s often raised is: If there’s a God of love, why does he let this happen?

There’s no easy answer. But I believe that God set this world up in a way that gives us freedom of choice. Some bad things happen because of the natural scientific laws of the way this world has been created, and some because of the choices of us humans.

If God were to intervene every time something bad happened, then there would be no point in our having freedom of choice. As human beings, we have the choice to work for the kind of world that God wants for peace, harmony, where everyone has what they need, to care for what He has created.

God doesn’t want bad things to happen. ‘He will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.’ (Lamentations 3.32-33).

–Rev Pat Palmer.

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8:40am Sun 13 Jul 14

Neoconair says...

The "problem of evil" is a philosophical debate that has raged for centuries, although you wouldn't know from the few pithy paragraphs above. Theists struggle to justify perverse, illogical conclusions to explain how an omnipotent, perfectly good God could allow history's immense roster of innocent victims. The argument above - that the universe was created as an arena for moral choice for God's gratification - is possibly the most absurd and callous of these arguments.
The "problem of evil" is a philosophical debate that has raged for centuries, although you wouldn't know from the few pithy paragraphs above. Theists struggle to justify perverse, illogical conclusions to explain how an omnipotent, perfectly good God could allow history's immense roster of innocent victims. The argument above - that the universe was created as an arena for moral choice for God's gratification - is possibly the most absurd and callous of these arguments. Neoconair
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9:22pm Sun 13 Jul 14

jonone says...

God is an invention of some truly nasty control freaks.
God is an invention of some truly nasty control freaks. jonone
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11:29am Mon 14 Jul 14

Buster Preciation says...

So if God set up a world that offered freedom of choice and he does have the ability to control good or bad things happening why is there absolutely no correlation? What is the point of worshipping a God if it makes no difference to the quality nor duration of your life?
So if God set up a world that offered freedom of choice and he does have the ability to control good or bad things happening why is there absolutely no correlation? What is the point of worshipping a God if it makes no difference to the quality nor duration of your life? Buster Preciation
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8:45am Tue 15 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

Buster Preciation wrote:
So if God set up a world that offered freedom of choice and he does have the ability to control good or bad things happening why is there absolutely no correlation? What is the point of worshipping a God if it makes no difference to the quality nor duration of your life?
Absolutely no point Buster. In fact, all that time wasted worshipping could be better spent enjoying our life. Or here's a thought: actually helping society.
[quote][p][bold]Buster Preciation[/bold] wrote: So if God set up a world that offered freedom of choice and he does have the ability to control good or bad things happening why is there absolutely no correlation? What is the point of worshipping a God if it makes no difference to the quality nor duration of your life?[/p][/quote]Absolutely no point Buster. In fact, all that time wasted worshipping could be better spent enjoying our life. Or here's a thought: actually helping society. JJ38JJ
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2:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

robertspet8 says...

Four questions for Reverend Pat Palmer:
1 If a person does not believe in God but tries to live his life by doing unto others as he wishes to have done unto him, will he go to heaven? Who can blame him for not believing in God considering all the conflicting 'evidence' put about by various religions. If there is a God surely He would understand that His message has lost a lot in tranlation by man.
2 If the answer to 1 above is 'Yes, he would go to heaven,' then why do we need any organised religion? All we have to do is to try to live a good life and not only will we live in a better society but the pearly gates will be wide open for us.
3 If the answer is 'No', then why would anyone worship such an inflexible God?
4 Do you intend to refuse to go to Heaven because you would prefer to continue your good works in Hell - there are a lot of lost souls who need your help there.
Four questions for Reverend Pat Palmer: 1 If a person does not believe in God but tries to live his life by doing unto others as he wishes to have done unto him, will he go to heaven? Who can blame him for not believing in God considering all the conflicting 'evidence' put about by various religions. If there is a God surely He would understand that His message has lost a lot in tranlation by man. 2 If the answer to 1 above is 'Yes, he would go to heaven,' then why do we need any organised religion? All we have to do is to try to live a good life and not only will we live in a better society but the pearly gates will be wide open for us. 3 If the answer is 'No', then why would anyone worship such an inflexible God? 4 Do you intend to refuse to go to Heaven because you would prefer to continue your good works in Hell - there are a lot of lost souls who need your help there. robertspet8
  • Score: 5
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