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I'm saying NO to the above argument. Wrong click sorry.
[When you were born in this world, God's purpose was to spread God's words in this huge world to let them get salvations. We were born as 'humans' to spread God's words. That's why we're here.]
First and foremost ; PRAYER IS NOT AN 'ACTION' TO REQUEST WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
It's one of the many ways to communicate with our Lord. Did you know this?
Before we ask "Does prayers work?", we should know what prayer is for in the beginning.
That's it. Prayer is something that lets you communicate with God.
It was NOT the thing where you just say "God, I really need your help with this problem. I know, I know that I'm not worth for your salvation but God, please, please let me get through this.."
Well, these kind of prayers are in fact answered too but it depends. There's three types of answers to prayers : (1) YES (2) NO (3) WAIT.
Although our Lord is an Almight one, He wouldn't always answer the prayers or He would delay it.
If you didn't get a statisfying answers, try to ask your self : Do I have a good relationship with God? Do I actually have a "healthy" one?
You do know that God exists (or maybe not? haha) but you don't believe in him.
You 'know' him but you don't 'belive' in him. That might be one of the answers to why your prayers weren't answered.
You may want to re-consider whether you have one or not, whether you believe in him or not with all your heart.
I suggest you to start reading Bible first. Or get a Christian friend who's a 'real' believer to get his or her help to establish a good relationship between you and God.
And, please read these few lines below. God has given me these lines to "TELL" you what he wants to tell you at the moment..
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, That it can not save; Nor His ear heavy, That it can not hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that he will not hear." (ISAIAH 59:1-2)
"You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask a miss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." (JAMES 4:2-3)
When you ask God to make you famous and 'filthy' rich while you're putting your ass watching TV like a couchpotato, it won't be answered. Now, do you know why it's not answered?
OR it will never be answered.. It's because 'you may spend it on your pleasures'. I didn't say this but God says so. Isn't it?
Wasn't your purpose to become 'filthy' rich was to derive pleasures for yourself? Please. Please get salvation!
"We live within the limits of time and limits of knowledge. We have only limited information about a situation and the implications of future action on that situation.
God's understanding is unlimited.
How an event plays out in the course of life or history is only something he knows. And he may have purposes far beyond what we could even imagine. So, God is not going to do something simply because we determine that it must be his will."
(a wise word taken from a random post).
God may provide solutions, resolutions to the problem WAY beyond what you imagined possible. Probably any Christian could list examples like this in their own lives. But if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it.
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasig, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 THESSALONANS 5:16-18) ; This is what God wants you to do. If you do so, He would definitely listen to your prayers. But always keep in your mind that Prayers are answered only if you need it to be achieved according to what God wants to be.
And, to have your prayers answered, you need to get salvation first.
And now, to answer to your question about those Indian and African kids that are starving and dying every year..
God does help people all over the world. If some people are starving that doesn't mean God doesn't care about them. God provides enough food for them, but he expects us to deliver it.
We have God's hands, we have God's ears. We must open up our ears and pay attention to them. If you ask why did God let them starve, you're wrong. God has allowed many millions of various types of vegetations to grow in this world.
We have multitude of people in this world. We also have enough supplies of food in this world.
We must cater these foods to Africans. That's how God will help them.
Luke 12: 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."\
Mathew 25:37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
"And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’"
So, God is already helping them out via us. Via His workers, ie, Us Christians. I'm also planning to help those kids by donating monthly if I go back to my country for university. (I'm sorry as I'm still 'planning' cuz right now, in this country that I'm currently residing in doesn't let me do this. OH well..)
One of the ways is to send missionaries to these groups of atheist starving and convert them to Christians. Some groups of missionaries bring doctors and tons of foods with them to feed those poor kids.
This is what God is doing currently. God doens't ignore anyone. He knows every single person in this world where multitude of them are there. God knows about you too!
And maybe, that's why, He let you rebut to my argument and allowed me to reply to yours again. I hope God has worked through me to let you become a faithful believer. I hope so :)
Even if His words and my explanations didn't give you enough justifications, I hope one day you realize how much God loves you!
ps. I did regret and repent God for not saving my dad but then, now I know. If it's his will to take my dad's pain away and let him rest in peace, if it was what my dad also wanted, let it be.
If it was their choice, let it be! God knows what's best for us family. Now, we might be somehow suffering without dad but God knows what to do for us. SO yeah, just let it be :)
I think what he suggests is quite right.
All religions, for example, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and all should be there as a subject called "Religion".
Thus, those who are Christians can choose Christianity as their Religion subject and others choose whatever they would want to. Isn't this the best way to fortify own faith?
This is a serious matter that we all should debate today.
Lowering the driving age might be meant for teenagers.
In South korea, numerous car accidents occur due to teenagers without license driving recklessly.
Teenagers are still teenagers. This just sounded so vain and pointless. However, it's the truth. They're still underaged. Despite how well and safely they may drive, they should not even touch the handle of the car in any case.
Everything has the right timing. This goes for driving too. Teenagers can drive when they have already grown up. Is it so cool that they can drive car at their age? No, it's so not cool.
Please watch the video that I've embedded in. It's dreadful.
STOP ANIMAL TESTING NOW.
Like seriously. Now, we're in 21st century and what's the use of all those so-called modern technology and all? Biotech has been improving its efficiency all these years. Make use of the technologies that you all have developed today!
Have you all seen how rabbits are used for testing mascara products? Disgusting.
Read this first and click the links I've embedded in.
[Testing Without Animals]
The main non-animal test employed in cosmetic laboratories today is called the Neutral Red Uptake Assay. This test essentially uses cells in a glass dish. The chemicals in cosmetics are then added to the dishes. A special dye that reacts differently to dead and live cells is added. The researchers then analyze the results with a computer to determine the risk a chemical will have on the cells. These types of tests are known as in vitro, a method which literally translates to "in glass."
Scientists are also frantically searching for new options in non-animal testing. With the pressure from consumers and animal rights activities, along with the necessity of offering a safe product, the need for effective testing without animals is a must.
It's what I read just now.
I don't think lowering the voting age to 16 is appropriate.
As we all know, kids aged 16 are still teenagers. I don't know in other countries but those in South Korea, most of them, still goes to school and they still haven't experienced what a 'real' life is. How cold and sick the society and the world can be. In other words, I believe that teenagers shouldn't be allowed to vote based on the ground that they are still 'kids'. I believe that their ways of thinking and all are still under-developed and when they're supposed to vote, I'm kind of afraid that they would vote just for 'fun'. SOMEHOW.
SERIOUSLY. Do they even have the guts to say that they "DESERVE" a B just for showing up? I don't think so. They certainly do not deserve a B at all.
Who would not be able to score a B when they can get one if they show up for every classes? That's not fair for those who worked so hard to get Bs or even As.
For those who just show up in the class would deserve to get a D maximum. Well, this case goes for those who 'just' show up and do nothing in the class.
If they do listen to their professors and join the lecture actively, that's another case.
[*I'm not homosexual but I do agree.]
Why shouldn't they? Gays also have feelings to each other. They're also same human-beings like us but only the fact that they are homosexual. That doesn't mean that Gays should not get married.
Loving each other can lead to marriage and that's normal. What's peculiar is that they both are homosexual "ONLY".
But, they should also have those kind of things where we register(?) ourselves as a married couple in law so that they have that feeling of being responsible for what they are doing, that is, marriage. Marriage is something that people should be carefully concerned with, and the same goes for Gay couples too!
They should be responsible and must think of what their 'adopted' child (if they're going to have one) might think of their parents too. Because, all these are something very crucial.