Posted by Forerunner on May 13, 2008, at 11:49:55
In reply to Re: Reality, posted by SLS on May 13, 2008, at 11:31:53
> > When i want to be something other than the thing God wants me to be, i must be wanting what, in fact, will not make me happy.
> > -4'r
> I contend that, based upon the belief of an omnipotent creator, that everything is exactly as it is supposed to be. What's more, all possibilities exist until the moment is actualized. I believe there are many paths one can choose or forge that will lead him to a place that is exactly right for them. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that his place will be pleasant. I know it is a difficult concept to grasp, as is the Trinity, but the duality of fate versus free will occurring simultaneously portrays a world that is glorious, yet unfair. People do not suffer equally, despite being equally devout in thought and in action.
> I guess one knows exactly where it is that God always wanted them to be, because they are already there. Why did God want me to suffer? It is not fair that 30 years of my life were painfully ripped away from me. However, that is exactly where I was supposed to be. There isn't always a silver lining or reward for the suffering of the innocent. In such cases, I leave it up to God to understand, for I cannot.
> - Scott
I believe that all pain is contrary to God's will, absolutely but not relatively. When i am taking a thorn out of my finger the pain is 'absolutely' contrary to my will; i.e., if i could have chosen a situation without pain i would have done so. But, i do will what caused the pain, relatively to the given situation; i.e. granted the thorn i prefer the pain to leaving the thorn where it is. A mother spanking a child would be in the same position; she would rather cause it this pain then let it go on pulling the cat's tail, but she would like it better if no situation which demands a smack had arison.