Kerry,Kerry Huish wrote: ↑1 month ago
And if we do not know then we should refrain from speaking foolishly and implying 'to others' that the creator is at fault, implying bad motive.
Proverbs 18:13 Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
Romans 3:4...Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
Depending upon how you try and answer the question of why God permits horrendous evil, you may unwittingly via your conclusion implicate God. The JW’s attempt at answering the question does just this. The character of their god is one which holds the will of creation in its entirety, captive to the personal opinion of just 3 beings. According to JW theology, He then goes on to kill 99.9% of humans because he can't succeed in convincing them his way of ruling is more desirable than satans. Calvinists worship a god who they believe is responsible for the evil in the world. There are a lot of nonsensical gods out there.
https://denverseminary.edu/article/does ... calvinism/
"I grew up in a Christian tradition that was deeply steeped in Calvinist theology. Although once part of the Conservative Baptist Association, our little church in New England eventually broke away from that denomination and became an independent Bible church. Looking back, I would have called us four or four-and-a-half point Calvinists, the doctrine of limited atonement being the only questionable plank in the venerable TULIP acronym. Still, it was indubitably true that everything that occurred did so not only on account of God’s will, but explicitly by his creative decree; and that God had graciously out of his own love chosen the elect to save from this ruinous world, and that he drew them to faith in himself by his irresistible grace. If anything was true of the Christian faith, it was these things (along with total depravity and perseverance of the saints). When the traditional texts were presented as proof of these doctrinal dogmas, I could only nod in agreement, finding no fault in how Scripture was read and interpreted. It was upon this theological rock that I began to build my spiritual home, confident that I knew God’s Word and was acting in a wise and prudent manner.
Yet a funny thing happened during my late teens and into my early twenties. The more I sunk my Christian foundation into the bedrock of Calvinism, the more fragile and volatile my spiritual life and commitment to Christianity became. A number of unspeakable evils befell my family one after another; prayers went unanswered; God remained hidden despite earnest seeking; life floundered and became dark. I despaired. How could a God of love personally cause these horrendous evils and yet still be perfectly good? How could I trust God to be loving when he determined people to sin, and then held them accountable for what they could not have refrained from doing? I desperately sought to hold these disparate theological tenets in proper balance, but the tension tore me apart. Intuitively I knew that if God was the ultimate cause behind evil, then he was evil; slowly, and in a dangerously creeping way, I began to hate this God of Calvinism even while I outwardly mouthed all the right doctrines."