Um actually adamah you couldnt be more wrong...never have i ever felt nor do i feel that evil peope are being punished by God according to what happens to them in life. as far as seeing someone suffer that i love...
Uh, maybe you didn't catch that I was offering a short synopsis of what the BIBLE offers to resolve the theodicy question, and not what DS personally believes, or what I believe (I'm an atheist).
And as Cofty said, it's no solution at all: in fact, that was the question that made me awaken, as an unbaptized JW at age 12 (although I didn't even KNOW it had a fancy name like 'theodicy', and that Bible apologetists had been wrestling with it for millenia, being unable to come up with a satisfying answer for anyone who's not willing to accept things on faith, AKA people who are gullible).
DS said- i watched the slow and progressive death of my grandfather as he suffered and lost what used to be a fit, strong, and resilient life. i found myself asking why...and you know what i came up with? he worked with hazardous materials that humans created , and protected even though they knew it was hazardous. How i Could forget this and follow ann organization so false and hazardous im not sure. But this material=his death. His death=money for my college but also money that split alart my family. that split lead me to me cing home after my bachelors and eventually meeting my wife, a job at this place i am now, and then the organization. Now i could ponder the what ifs and drive myself nuts thinking what might have been. I could praise God for leading me from the shitty moments and teaching me how awful the world is (the one Christs kongdon is in through the org right?), or i can understand that life is a serious of moments kne leading to the other theough action/reaction or choice/consequence and know that it is what it is, life....either way i only know FOR SURE one truth....i should be a good person who doesnt judge or hate others for what they believe, but also that i am held accountable to my decisions....to God? Maybe...but to my family and other people? ABSOLUTELY. Because what i feel really only matters to me in the most primitive sense...but how i act on those feelings and treat others, that has a profound effect mot just on me, but others. that is morality right? Wheres morality come from? Evolution?genetics? God? Socialization? Im not sure. And thats what i know.....pretty much nothing academically or scholarly...but its me, and mentally im waking up and opening up to possibilities.
JWs and Xians make such a big deal out of acting like humans cannot handle morality without God, when the real question should be, how can anyone come to a moral code WITH God cluttering their morality?
Matt Dilahunty (an ex-fundie pastor who went to theology school and preached for 20 yrs) makes a no-brainer argument for the SUPERIORITY of secular morality:
Here's a series of videos in a lecture he offers on the topic of the same name:
Sam Harris, Matt, and many others have written reams on the topic of secular morality, as well... Google is your BFF.
DS said-sorry guys i know that doesnt answer your question but i had to vent lol. im not a nutter...i was. i was JW.
No worries: you're asking some important questions, and if the internet had been around back when I was asking those big questions, I'd have used it as a resource, too.