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Do you believe in an absolute right and wrong?

Yes.
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No.
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Post by Emma_85 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 1:09 pm

:? Now you are confusing me though. Wouldn't that mean that you believe in absolute evil, if you believe that Satan is evil?
Just wondering, have you read Goethe's Faust?
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Post by threewood14 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:20 pm

In order to believe that Satan is absolute evil, I would have to believe that God is absolute good...correct? This is not the case. I believe that God is an extremely wonderful Being, but if He was absolutely wonderful, I think He could find better ways to challenge us instead of giving us evil to make us strong. Or maybe not flood the planet and somehow convince everyone that God is the true and only God. God does cause pain and it is for good cause, but there are other ways for Him to change the way we think without causing pain. Plus, He does not have absolute control over time. The devil has taken a small piece but enough to do possession. If He was absolute good, He could prevent this.
Just wondering, have you read Goethe's Faust?
Nope sorry.
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Post by Mongoose42 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:39 pm

So, if you agree that God created everything, including satan, and was therefore around before everything else, then how do you acount for His lack of complete control. If God created everything, is omniscient, and is omnipotent, then He must have known all of the possible ways to create a universe. If you look at the thread on fate or free choice, the idea of determinism grants the idea that God saw all of the possible options for a universe and chose the best option. He either chose the best option or He is a sadistic overlord that would deny His creation the very best. Into all of this the devil was thrown. He is a created being and is part of the planned timeline. Thus, he has no more control over time than any human. All of this leads to God being used as the perspective for determing the ultimate of everything (at one time He was the only thing existing) and as the ultimate perspective He must be immutable and therefore absolute.

P.S. what did you mean by the Faust reference?
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Post by threewood14 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:43 pm

If God created everything, is omniscient, and is omnipotent, then He must have known all of the possible ways to create a universe.
God created everything in the universe. He did not create Heaven or Hell. God is limited to Fate only in Heaven. I believe that Heaven is not in our universe but in some other...place. Therefore God does not have complete control over events in Heaven.
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Post by Emma_85 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:59 pm

I hope this question isn't too personal, it's just that I've never come across this belief before... why do you believe this is so? Are there any texts concerning this that God left on earth for us to understand him, does he want us to understand what's going on? Where does your belief come from?
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Post by threewood14 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 7:49 pm

I'm still trying to figure that out too! But I'll try.

I am really into the begining. The begining of the universe. The begining of everything. I've read about the Big Bang and thought that was a pretty good idea. Now, I realize that it would be very weird to have the Big Bang because it is a singularity. A singularity is a point of infinite density and the laws of physics break apart. While I was reading about all this, I kept trying to figure out how I could tie my religion, Roman Catholic, into all of this and if I even could. The current newest well known theory about the universe is the Brane theory. I haven't read much about it myself (shame on me!) but I think I have a general understanding of it. It basically says that our universe is on a big brane much like a plane in geomertry. You can picture it as the top layer of soup. There are many branes. For some reason, two branes collided and spewed matter and energy everywhere. The neat thing about it is that the closest brane to ours is less than a photon away!

But this just raises more questions. What caused the branes to collide? I also got into 'time'. What is time? Do we have control over our lives? I thought and thought about this and came to the conclusion that we do not have much control over what happens to us. We make decisions based on our memory or observations and information from the past, our current observations and our environment. Everything is a big reaction. Everything reacts to everything. Now if this is the case, then from the start, whatever that may be, it is sort of like fate.

So I have always wondered how everything started. I thought and thought and thought and came to the conclusion that there must have been a start. I don't believe that the universe existed forever. If this is the case, then our age compared to the age of the universe is 0. We are 0. Nothing can happen the way it does. If the univrese if finite, then things can happen even though our age compared to the universe's is like 1:vigintillion. So now, if the universe had a begining, what started it? Well I believe that with the begining of the universe, also came the flow of time. They go together like a cute couple. But if the flow of time came with the universe, how could anything cause it to start? No events can happen because there is no time right? This brings in God. God started the universe simply because, he was bored! Nothing but Him existed. Time does not apply to God. He is everywhere in the universe and at every point in time always. He has no begining and will have no end.

So this is how I believe everything started. God first created the branes and jsut banged them together. He knew that all this would eventually happen and its not like He had to wait. Time does not apply to Him. I believe that the fate of the universe is kind of like an atom. See the Solution to the Expansion of the universe thread. I think that God is the supreme ruler of the universe and Satan tries to capture His control. He has suceeded very little and has no where near the amount of control that God has.

This is how God controls the universe. I said that Time does not apply to Him. So in theory, He is starting the universe at this moment. If He sees something He doesn't like in the universe, He changes the begining slightly to tweak it. God is not the perfect unflawed being, but still highly supreme and in control. He has the best intentions for us because HE simply loves us.

I belive that God does not want us to worry about these things too much and HE does not want us to understand Him completely until we go to Heaven. This is why no one does! He wants to be sure that you have faith in Him. He wants you to trust Him; have Faith in Him. For He knows that if you have faith in Him, you love Him. Regardless if you understnad Him or not, He wants trust.

Why do some people not trust God, because they have been corrpted unfortunatly by Satan. He has very little control, but has some control nonetheless.

So believe...
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Post by Barrius » Wed Apr 28, 2004 7:59 pm

Emma_85 wrote:
Religious people are probably more likely to believe in absolute right, wrong, and truth and all that good stuff.
Yes, I think you are right there benissimus. I know klewlis and Keesa are religious and they both voted for yes and Barrius also seems to be religious. So it greatly depends on wether you believe in God or not. I won't start another debate on religion here, as we've already had one.

But judges are there to try and find out who is lying and who isn't...
Certainly if one believes in God - as I do - that dictates their response. For the life of me, I cannot conceive of any other position for me to hold. Without the absolute there is nothing to strive for, as everything would be relative and subjective.

In my humble opinion of course.

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Post by threewood14 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 8:27 pm

fear God, hate sin
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Post by mingshey » Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:46 pm

I hate fear and hatred. ;)

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Post by threewood14 » Thu Apr 29, 2004 1:32 am

fear as in respect...hate is man's greatest weakness...love is man's greatest strength...
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