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    • #95459
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      Where in the bible does it say that God is omnibenevolent?

      This is the biggest strawman of atheists. God loves us yes, but he’s not omnibenevolent. What is fair and just in heaven is not necessarily fair and just on earth.

      When epicurus came with his statement about an "omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent God, therefore how there is evil" he wasn’t talking about God as we know him, he lived in 300 B.C for christ sake

    • #95460
      Anonymous
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      You don’t even know what "omnibenevolent" means,do you?

      • #95461
        Anonymous
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        Englighten us then

        • #95463
          Anonymous
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          Omnibenevolence is simply the doctrine that all of God’s actions, words, thoughts and commands are directed towards ultimate good, meaning that God never does anything for the sake of pure evil, but everything is a pathway towards good.

          • #95465
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            That is how Aquinas framed it, and how catholics perceive it. But omnibenevolent just means all-good, perfectly moral. Atheists frame it as the All-good. There is not a single verse that support that God is omnibenevolent

            • #95472
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              >omnibenevolent just all-good, perfectly moral. There is not a single verse that support that God is omnibenevolent

              God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

              • #95473
                Anonymous
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                >love
                Nice buzzword
                can you define it in a non-circular way?

                • #95475
                  Anonymous
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                  Paul went with this one in his letters, one of the most common chosen as the one the reading at weddings

                  • #95477
                    Anonymous
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                    before that, he wrote:
                    >If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

                  • #95478
                    Anonymous
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                    That seems unrelated to the actual emotion of love. Perhaps a different word for this concept is required.

                    • #95520
                      Anonymous
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                      >He doesn’t know most of the New Testament was written in Greek originally.

                  • #95501
                    Anonymous
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                    Paul was inspired by the Holy spirit. A beautiful quote made by him, who was not a rich philospher like plato or a patrician, but a leatherworker.

      • #95509
        Anonymous
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        fpbp

        seething athiest btfo

    • #95462
      Anonymous
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      Imagine knowing so little about your own religion, your imaginary enemies need to teach you about it so you can start discussing anything. This is some notable Napoleonic complex.

    • #95464
      Anonymous
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      >When epicurus came with his statement about an "omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent God, therefore how there is evil" he wasn’t talking about God as we know him, he lived in 300 B.C for christ sake
      Thanks for confirming your god didn’t exist before ~30AD

    • #95466
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      God isn’t benevolent at all, he only "loves" us like a rapist loves his rape victim. God literally has explicitly told me that the only reason a person should be allowed to be attractive is so that they can be a rapeslave of the rich and powerful, and he threatens to mutilate me if I start to become attractive. God is a completely evil piece of shit. There is literally nothing good about him. Good things literally only exist to magnify suffering. This world is literally a torture chamber created by a sadistic scrotebrain.

      • #95467
        Anonymous
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        Unironically have sex buddy

        • #95471
          Anonymous
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          The demiurge will literally rape me if I have sex because "karma" in his scrotebrained evil chud scrotebrain brain means that having consensual sex with a woman means someone gets to rape you.

          >you penetrated someone now someone has to penetrate you!!!!

          God is a scrotebrained chud and this world is literally hell

      • #95469
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        This sounds like you are warning people of a conspiracy theory. That isn’t from the Bible btw.

        The Bible says glory of the flesh is reserved for when Jesus comes back if you are a Christian. So yes, God does allow the devil to reign here, and we are all suffering in the flesh as Christians. The suffering tells us what the truth is. If you weren’t suffering then you wouldn’t know what is really being endured here.

    • #95468
      Anonymous
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      Yes well that is why we should just use the Scriptures for God. Not use theology. If you want to use theological sounding words, then you can go throighnScripture first, and define it yourself, or get help from a Christian theologian who does exactly that with his job with a college degree in Bible Academy somewhere probably only offered in America. If it anywhere else it would be surprising.

    • #95470
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      It’s literally not a straw man, it’s doctrine in multiple denominations
      and a point specially brought up by Christian "thinkers" and apologizers, or whatever they are called

      If you want to claim every other Christian (or at least a bunch of them) are wrong, go ahead!
      I think you would be smart to do so. Claiming that God is not all-good, just pretty good, but also wrathful and pissy, it fixes most of the outright contradiction that contemporary Christians struggles with defending

    • #95474
      Anonymous
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      Omnibenevolent means all-good. Good is defined by God, so he is by default omnibenevolent. When he causes Down Syndrome, that is also omnibenevolence.

    • #95476
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      Golden Rule
      >A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    • #95479
      Anonymous
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      Paul also wrote this to the community in Rome

    • #95480
      Anonymous
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      Gimli looks a bit like Jesus in the early 2000s LOTR franchise, available on Netflix, just with more ornaments

      • #95482
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        maybe had he lived to 60, but Jesus died in his early 30s. Of course various cultures depict Jesus in art looking like someone from their culture, but it would be interesting to know what the actual Jesus looked like. Richard Neave, a British expert in forensic facial reconstruction. came up pic related in 2001

        • #95484
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          Thats a reconstruction with an agenda behind it. It’s a "gotcha" to american christians, that doesn’t say anything about what Jesus looked like. Google search "iraqi garden gnomes", the most genetically close to israelis in 2000 years ago. Look at Josephus bust, Herod bust. garden gnomes did not look like your pic

          • #95485
            Anonymous
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            not the best example, lol

            • #95488
              Anonymous
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              Yup, does josephus look like the pic you posted?
              That "reconstruction" seems more like a hobo than garden gnomes 2000 years ago

              • #95492
                Anonymous
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                Jesus was a hobo though. At least the 2001 version makes him look a bit more rugged and masculine than Josephus the gay nerd.

                • #95494
                  Anonymous
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                  careful with that edge son

                  • #95496
                    Anonymous
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                    Christian apologetics peaked with 2004 memes, huh?

                    • #95497
                      Anonymous
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                      its noot like you’re bringing any good takes to the table yourself

                      >that says nothing about omnibenevolence to all, just an individual beloved by god.

                      The whole concept of the bible is that we are create in God’s image and likeness, that we are God’s children.

                      Western civilization is woke af on Judeo-Christian values. The principles of democracy, for example, stem from the biblical principle that everybody is created equal (all children of God, all created in God’s image)

                      I accept that, I am trying to ascertain the clame of omnibenevolence, a claim that wasn’t raised in the bible. Do you understand my point? Saying that we were created in God’s image is actually an argument against this infinite benevolence

                      • #95502
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                        > I am trying to ascertain the clame of omnibenevolence, a claim that wasn’t raised in the bible.

                        when it comes to main concepts that you don’t understand why they are accepted by Christianity (and there is more vigorous debate by Christians over the bible than there is by anyone over anything in history), I was like you, I didn’t think that Jesus actually claimed he was the Son of God, I thought that Jesus himself didn’t say that. Then I ended up reading a lot of books on Christianity and was like oh derp I’m scrotebrained, he actually straight out said it right there in the bible, I just didn’t understand it. I imagine its the same for you

                      • #95503
                        Anonymous
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                        Jesus never said he was the son of God

                      • #95504
                        Anonymous
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                        He referred to God as his daddy.
                        Do the math.

                      • #95505
                        Anonymous
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                        Jesus was trans, she was the daughter of god.

                      • #95506
                        Anonymous
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                        he also said "your Father that is in the sky"

                      • #95507
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                        yes, I didn’t think so either, pretty much all my college years and in to grad school I felt that way. I knew Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me," and so the fact (in my head, that he didn’t actually say he was God wasn’t a big deal to me, just an interesting side-note I believed at the time)

                        But when scribes and the Pharisees where testing him, asking him who he was, on what authority he spoke etc, Jesus told tham he was "I AM." I never got that because I never read the footnotes
                        > [8:24, 28] I AM: an expression that late gnomish tradition understood as Yahweh’s own self-designation

                        But Jesus was straight up saying to them "I am God" (Yahweh, I AM, etc)

                        also note Jesus didn’t write anything, so we don’t lnow what he said. The earliest Christian writings we have are the letters of Paul, who went around Europe foundind Christian communities and visiting and writing letters to them

                        Of those communities, generations later, they started writing Gospels woke af on what was passed down to them, but none of those Christian communities knew Jesus as well as Paul did, as they were generations after Paul, and founded by Paul, and Paul is clear throught all this writing that Jesus is the Son of God

                        As for the Gospels, they contradict each other one the basic timeline of Jesus’s life, which is why Christians don’t believe in Scriputure like the Muslims believe in the Quran (which they believe was dictated straight from God).

                      • #95508
                        Anonymous
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                        he asked them a question to answer that and they never delivered

                        Jesus never said he was God or was the son of God

                        if you keep saying he did at least post the verses

                      • #95511
                        Anonymous
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                        why am I have to do your work for you?

                      • #95512
                        Anonymous
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                        You’re misinterpreting the Mark and Matthew quotes. If you remove your modern christian bias and think as a 1st century convert, he’s claiming an elevated status but not that he’s God himself.

                      • #95514
                        Anonymous
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                        What about John, you know, the gospel with the highest christology: "Before Abraham was, I Am"?

                        Thats pretty clear

                      • #95517
                        Anonymous
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                        >with the highest christology
                        Read: most recent and inauthentic.

                      • #95516
                        Anonymous
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                        >If you remove your modern christian bias and think as a 1st century convert,

                        for that, look to Paul, who even got called to trial in Jerusalem because he was teaching that Christians not longer have to follow gnomish Law, just Christ. Go read any of Paul letters and all of them are about Christ as the Son of God

                        Paul to the the community in Rome
                        >Starts with "Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus," who a few words later he calls "his Son" (Son of God), then continues: " established as Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness through resurrection…Through him (the Son of God) we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.* Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

                        all of his writings are like this

                      • #95518
                        Anonymous
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                        he continues:
                        >First, I give thanks* to my God through Jesus Christ. … God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in proclaiming the gospel of his Son

                        then going to the end of his letter, it is
                        >* I urge you, siss, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles, in opposition to the teaching that you learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ … The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

                      • #95519
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                        Son of God does not mean that Jesus IS God. What he did believe was that Jesus had an elevated status. Ask yourself why Paul never explicitly says Jesus = God or why the Corinthian creed lacks that idea.

                      • #95521
                        Anonymous
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                        I’ve read several books on all the conflicting views of who Jesus was in the first few centuries of Christianity, it was interesting to see how many different views there were. But they all got together at the First Council of Nicaea (AD 325) and hammered it out

                        As for the New Testament, and the Gospel, remember, this was all writing by Christian leaders at various times, no different than the Christian leaders at the First Council of Nicaea, and Christian leaders from the time of Jesus until today, they all all inspired by the Holy Spirit the same

                      • #95522
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                        I mean it’s a little odd that it took the Holy Spirit three centuries to gift us our version of the trinity. Why didn’t the resurrected Christ bother to tell his twelve disciples, the 500 witnesses or Paul about this? Why add in confusing verses to scripture like "The Father is greater than I" in John?

                      • #95524
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                        >I mean it’s a little odd that it took the Holy Spirit three centuries to gift us our version of the trinity.

                        by that logic, then what should be a little odd to you that it took until 2,000 years ago for God to send us Jesus

                      • #95527
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                        It is pretty odd. What I mean is if Jesus rose from the dead and conversed with his disciples in Galilee, he surely would have said "I’m actually God" or just given them the future Athanasian creed to recite. It’s just weird is all.

                      • #95532
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                        another note to you (and everyone in this thread confused with their little 3rd-grade-tier knowledge of Christianity), one great read is On Being a Christian by Hans Kung, who I’m sure you will find to be a brilliant/sharp mind

                        In his part of the concept of how God had to have his Son die for our sins, which is a concept that seems pretty silly to a lot of people understandably, he sympathize and pretty much much straight-up writes to feel free to not worry about that idea or other such ideas that confuse your or keep you from Christ, as the whole point of being a Christian is being centered on Christ, much like being a Buddhism is to be centered on Buddha, regardless if the theological details confuse you. I wish I was as sharp or smart or eloquent as Kung was, but I am not. I strongly recommend his book though, you’ll love it, at least the parts you are interested in on the Table of Contents (as it is a long book)

                        Definitely must-read for those interesting in Christianity

                      • #95525
                        Anonymous
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                        (I think I added that right)

                        Yes, Jesus is constantly called "the Son OF God" and never (in a properly translated bible) called "God the Son." There are plenty of individual verses… but also full chapters that hammer down that Jesus is, was, and always will be subservient to "his God." John 5, John 17, 1 Corinthians 15 are about as explicit as you can get. One of my favorites (because translators have to butcher it SO bad to try to obscure what it says) is Hebrews chapter 1. Here’s a full verse by verse breakdown:

                        (presuming I can post youtube links)
                        https://youtu.be/UnZJiRVIJls

                      • #95530
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                        as for your (and everyone ITT) confusion over theology, note that I hear ministers with doctorates in theology say that your average Christian has a 3rd grade tier knowledge of Christianity, so note that is what you are working with yourself

                        As for me, I have my doctorate (Juris Doctorate) and it’s wild when I see people on here having legal discussions, discussing law and acting like they know what they are talking about, when in reality they actually have a 3rd-grade tier knowledge of it, so I understand what those ministers feel like when they say that

                        Note, all this has been vigorously debated for 2,000 years by some minds more educated and wise than we will ever be, so it’s kinda dumb to show up and act like they don’t know what they were talking about, but thinking that you do

                        What you should do is go read up all this and educate yourself, it’s actually fascinating stuff you will love if you enjoy the topic of Christianity

                      • #95515
                        Anonymous
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                        he is not saying he is God, but the messiah
                        the messiah never was ment to be God
                        and he always refers God as his Father
                        and tell us God is our Father too

                      • #95510
                        Anonymous
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                        Jesus only claims to be God in John, which is fanfiction from the 2nd century. The earliest Christians don’t seem to be aware that Jesus is God either. I guess he never bothered to tell them after his flesh rose from the dead.

                      • #95513
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                        I’m the OP and the anon you replied to, I’m a christian as well sis, what I am trying to ascertain and the point i’m raising is that the the omnibenevolence, and in fact all platonic qualities that are attributed to God are in fact not corroborated by scripture, and are a strawman that atheists love to raise when debating with christians. I also was struggling with faith some months ago and read some books about it, Christ is King and thanks for your input. 🙂

        • #95489
          Anonymous
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          No, Jesus resurrected and he didn’t look like he lived under the effects of sin as depicted there.

    • #95481
      Anonymous
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      Goodness is a great making property entailed in His perfection
      Love follows from that goodness
      how is this hard?

    • #95483
      Anonymous
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      God to Jeremiah, one of the major prophets in the Old Testament

      • #95487
        Anonymous
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        that says nothing about omnibenevolence to all, just an individual beloved by god.

        Paul also wrote this to the community in Rome

        Love one another who are christians, read John about the love between those Elect.

        Golden Rule
        >A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

        Again, love one another who are christians. Read the full chapter in John where this quote comes from, its clear as water

        • #95495
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          >that says nothing about omnibenevolence to all, just an individual beloved by god.

          The whole concept of the bible is that we are create in God’s image and likeness, that we are God’s children.

          Western civilization is woke af on Judeo-Christian values. The principles of democracy, for example, stem from the biblical principle that everybody is created equal (all children of God, all created in God’s image)

          • #95499
            Anonymous
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            >The principles of democracy, for example, stem from the biblical principle
            what about the Greeks?

    • #95486
      Anonymous
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      God to Isaiah. Who was the greatest of the Old Testament prophets? Elijah, Jeremiah, Isaiah? Some will say Elijah, some will say Jeremiah, some will say Isaiah

    • #95490
      Anonymous
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      > neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God

      • #95491
        Anonymous
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        Where is the all-good omnibenevolent part?

    • #95493
      Anonymous
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      dude good point
      also love is painful sometimes, love hurts, love is hard
      LIKE MY PEEENIS haha no jk but you are onto something

    • #95498
      Anonymous
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      >we are the temple of the living God; as God said
      >(quote scripture:) and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

      • #95500
        Anonymous
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        My father loves me but he is stern, sometimes though and sometimes lets me fuck myself so I can learn a lesson. Thats not omnibenevolence

    • #95523
      Anonymous
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      The idea of strictly omnibenevolent God is a Zoroastrian idea, which is why, when God used the Zoroastrian Persian king Cyrus (See Isaiah 45:1) as his anointed (messiah), to save the gnomish people from the Babylonian captivity (which was their discipline for their actions in Jeremiah and Ezekiel), he says

      Isaiah 45:7 (ASV) I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. I am Jehovah, that doeth all these things.

      To be fair, the word there translated as "evil" is more of "the opposite of comfort" … disaster/calamity… "unpleasant stuff," rather than "evil" as in a binary opposite to "good."

      God isn’t micromanaging the universe, and is not responsible for every time you stub your toe… but for the greater, long term good, we have to go through some trials. Just like a loving parent may discipline their child, and that discipline is unpleasant at the moment… but still necessary, and out of love.

      • #95526
        Anonymous
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        God sounds like an economist

        • #95529
          Anonymous
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          The economical trinity is just as unbiblical as any other attempted definition of the trinity.

          5:30 ““I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

          12:49 “I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it.”

          17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

          So, is there a contradiction in the bible, or a problem with interpretation?

          Yes, “the word became flesh,” the same “word” that was WITH God… not the God the word was with.

          Yes, 20:28 shows thomas’ declaration… in response to 9 verses earlier where Jesus himself said “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my siss and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

          Which is a repetition of what he calls the GREATEST commandment in Mark 12:28-34 where he declares “Ἄκουε, Ἰσραήλ, Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν Κύριος εἷς ἐστιν” notice “ho theos hemon” OUR God, 1st person plural, including himself in who God is “the God of” which is a recitation of the sh’ma from Deuteronomy 6:4

          “שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהֹוָ֥ה | אֶחָֽד”

          Yehovah Eloheinu (“Jehovah is the God of US”)

      • #95531
        Anonymous
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        Zoroastrians have a different god for darkness and evil though, Angra Mainyu.

    • #95528
      Anonymous
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      I’m pretty sure this is heresy Anon

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