Hi everybody! i'm so glad i am finally allowed to post my messages. they have been building up for quite some time, since the other message board wouldn't let me register because I felt uncomfortable putting what congregation i was with at the time in the appropriate box. But here i am at last!
I'd like to start off by saying i love this discussion board, and i'm glad so many people are finding help here. I didn't really have help. But i'll tell everybody my story if interested. now, time for the topic i would like discussed.
I have by no means lost faith in God. I think he is the most wonderful being, which is clearly expressed throughout his creations. However, something has plagued my mind every since researching the witness ( and all other ) religions. Jehovah's witnesses, like so many religions, have shown God to be one similar in my mind to acting like Satan. I mean, why would a God who is repeatedly mentioned in the bible as a "god of love" destroy millions, perhaps even billions in some all ending war? After I began pondering this fact, more questions arose. Jesus is the spittin image of God, correct? When mentioned in the Bible, Jesus is the most gentle human being i could ever imagine. He was kind and merciful. Could you picture Jesus killing billions of people just because they did not believe in him? Doesn't sound like an all forgiving God to me.
It goes back even further than this, however. It is mentioned in the Bible that God helped fight many wars for certain peoples. Seeing to it that several small armies were killed and the like. Why would a loving God do this? moreover,would a God who hates violence and is the definition of love kill hundreds of thousands of people, simply for the fact that they did not worship him in the way he pleased, or did not worship him at all? i'm really not understanding here. To me, this seems more like a short tempered toddler than an all powerful, all loving being.... can somebody please explain this to me?
One more question. sorry bout the long post. but it's my first. feels good to get this off my shoulders. If i understand correctly, God allow us to have free will WITHOUT intereference. which is why we are here today, overflowing with famine, disease, hunger, and all the rest. Why, then, would God choose to interfere with certain wars, making sure that they were won? wasn't he supposed to not interfere at all? could there be the slightest possibility that it was a simple coincidence that these armies walked into the war saying we have God's blessing, and then got lucky and slaughtered them?
AAAAhhhhhhh. finally finished. please, if anybody would like to try to clear this up for me, i'd love to hear your responses.
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