who is god?

@nicky35 (751)
January 29, 2007 6:08am CST
ive read alot of discussions involving sin and god and what god will and wont allow or forgive.i would love to beleive in and love god but i would like someone to answer me some questions because where gods concerned i feel my heart is empty......what sort of god allows millons of people to be starving and dying of aids in africa?children neglected in orphanages in rumania,women being abused and beaten in their own homes,children being sexually abused,all the homeless people in the world,terminal illness,kids dying in car crashes,suicides,bullying,racism.please dont say anything about free will because a six year old dying of cancer or a seven year old boy in south africa who has to look after his three year old sister because his parents have died of aids is nothing to do with free will.gods not loving them or looking after them.i see alot of beauty in the world too but god cant take credit for that and not the bad stuff.can you say anything to change my mind?
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29 Jan 07
I'm afraid I can't remember the arguments for why God allows evil but there is a very good book called 'The Puzzle of Evil' by Peter Vardy which explores this question in an unbiased way, giving all the arguments from both sides.
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@nicky35 (751)
29 Jan 07
thankyou.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Free will is why God allows the good and the bad If we didnt have a choice we wouldnt have options and life would not be worth living
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• India
29 Jan 07
There is no need to search for god in temple and mosque.God is inside us.We humanbeings are only the God.
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@nicky35 (751)
29 Jan 07
thanks
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@nicky35 (751)
29 Jan 07
thanks
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• United States
29 Jan 07
I struggle with this too. But in exploring different ways to believe, I am starting to believe that everything that is, is God or part of God. Which means we are a part of God. Which brings us to, why do WE allow this? There are no real clear answers.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
30 Jan 07
And because God gave us freewill and we are in the image of God, meaning we are God, then it is we/us who have the power to fix up the mess we are making, or keep going on our merry way.
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
30 Jan 07
We are to blame here, not God. We are in the image of him. Blaming God is a copout. Saying there is no God because of all the atrocities in the world is like not taking responsibility for what WE do. We created this mess and we are to clean it up. If it's not too late to clean up that is! God forgives everything, God is everything, WE are God. We do this. It is US, humanity. It's as simple as that. Why did God create us so we could make this mess? - Now that's the biggest question every posed and the most brilliant minds in history have never answered it. Children neglected - WE do that, Starving and dying people - WE allow that, Abused women - WE do that. WE neglect, WE kill. I don't like taking versus from the bible, but it is written that God created the darkness so we may see the light. It's no compensation I know. But if we could just get out of this darkness then maybe we have a chance. And we are in darkness if we humanity don't address our own personal suffering. The collective is as a result of the individual in this instance and now it's so gross we may never find the light as a whole. God helps those who help themselves is also written. That means clean up your own backyard first so you can help someone else clean up theirs.
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@nicky35 (751)
30 Jan 07
thankyou,you sound like you know what youre talking about,like youve really got it sussed.wish i did
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
1 Feb 07
Hi Nicky35. I did allot of blaming. My problem was me. I was so miserable and was very good at looking at all the externals as the reason why. But it was my suffering that needed to be addressed. And I have addressed allot of it, took years of reflection, regression, healing and all those things. I am just now in a good place where I laugh so much more than I did before. My quality of life is so much better. I've always liked helping people using the skills I've picked up, using my own experiences as a foundation. But before I was able to address my own emotional baggage I was not helping people, I was venting. So I guess what I'm saying is that I've been cleaning up my own backyard and so am in a position to see much more and help others clean up theirs. Humanity needs more strong, heartfelt people. The good ones who are doing allot to clean up after the atrocities of the world need more help.
@alextki (924)
• India
30 Jan 07
According to me whoever care for others, whoever help for others, whoever love others are god.. i do all these things to others. so im also a god.. worship me dude :), keep posting
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
1 Feb 07
Well maybe I won't worship you personally, but may I acknowledge that you are definitely in the image of the big dude. lol. Make sure you love yourself too, that's the most important thing. If you don't love yourself then you don't do a good job of loving others. You only think you do!
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I say God takes responsibility for bad and good and God is responsible because of creating humans for the good and the bad that man does. that is why we must learn to follow the ways of God to help humans keep what is good in them
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• United States
5 Feb 07
Ayn Rand would tell us to know God we need only know ourselves, for we are our own God. We humans have created much of the beauty and destruction in this world through our kindness and through our cruelty. No being outside of us did any of it.