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Why dont more Christians invoke a JW-style Satan argument when debating why God allows suffering?by Half a Person in
i have just been watched the first part of a sort-of theist vs atheist debate on youtube featuring christopher hitchens.. what struck me is that in all of these types of debates that ive seen, the christians, when faced with the question why does god allow suffering, never really provide any sort of satisfying answer.
its usually something along the lines of:.
our question shouldnt be what is *god* doing, but, rather, we should ask ourselves: what am *i* doing?
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i was given a copy of the new wonders of creation dvd.
as i watched it, i made some notes, which i have included below.
i'm not sure they make any sense without actually seeing the dvd, but hopefully they give an idea of the general contents and the sort of arguments that are used.. .
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after leaving the congregation, i've begun to notice some weird aspects of "jw-ism" that i wouldn't have batted an eyelid about a few years back.. for example, tonight i heard the phrase "fleshly brother" - meaning someone's literal brother, as opposed to some random bloke who simply happens to belong to the same religion.. and i thought about this, and i thought: "this is wrong.".
i think two of the biggest problems with the jw religion are that (1) it interferes with a person's ability to think clearly, even distorting the relationship between cause and effect, and (2) it attempts to redefine the meaning of words themselves, appropriating them for its own ends.
a "vocabulary hijack", if you will.. a word as fundamental as "brother", meaning someone in your family.