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The bible was created for a guide on the ways in which to conduct your life, like a moral compass. It was not made as a "shipping building guide" or anything else that includes step by step craftsmanship. If you had a higher view of God you would understand why God can't be with us for eternity. God is perfect! That means he has done everything ever out of love. Not lust, greed, manipulation, or hatered, but purely out of love. I challenge you to try and do things for other people today and see how hard it is to do.
The Bible is more than just factual knowledge. You have to believe it to understand it. Their is a knowledge to you can only attain by experiencing it. For example, I would not know what love is if i was not first loved. I will try to find some time to respond to your arguments against my premences later on this week. I will think them over.
First couple preminces: God is the creator of the world.
2. God is good. Evil came into the world through the free will of humanity
3. God sent His Son Jesus to be a sacrifice for humanity to be with him again.
4. We can either accept GOd's invitation to be in a realtionship with Him or reject it.
Proof from the Bible of my preminces
Life without God: You spend your life working, laboring, and what do you have to show for it? Generations come and generations go, but the world stays just the same.
The sun still rises, and it still goes down, going wearily back to where it must start all over again.
The wind blows south, the wind blows north---round and round and back again.
Every river flows into the sea, but the sea is not yet full. The water returns to where the rivers began, and starts all over again.
Everything leads to weariness---a weariness too great for words. Our eyes can never see enough to be satisfied; our ears can never hear enough. What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the whole world.Holy Bible, Eccelisiastes 1:3-9
God is the Creator and sustainer of Life: Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses
He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. Holy Bible, Eccesiastes 2
God is the Redeemer and Friend of Humanity: Jesus "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10
Eternity with God: He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."Rev 21:3
Eternity away from God:And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev 20:15 ( the reason for people being rejected into "hell" is because God's love was rejected by that person. Hell, i believe, is not a literall pit of fire but a symbolic pit of fire of the feelings of rejection and shame because of the regret for not receiving God's love)
Jesus is the way to God: Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me. John 14:6 (contrary to oprah and most postmodern thought Jesus is the only way to heaven. He was the only one who lived a perfect life on earth. Not just a good person. He was God and man at the same time.)
I believe this all by faith. But if you read the Bible in context it makes sense.
what about developed countries like U.S. that have citizens in major cities like Detroit, L.A., Dallas, and such that are developing Asama from the waste output from the factories and plants? I do not think we can blame underdeveloped countries for waste especially because major countries are the ones with factories in some countries like Honduras, Pakistan, and Indonesia. I do agree with you though on one point, that China and India need major improvement in their ethical treatment of the world.
You are assuming by saying you are your own that their is no other beings or higher powers in this world or in the solar system. Basically, this earth is all that there is to life and once you die you go in the ground and become dirt. That is a very big stretch to make considering their are millions of supernatural things that happen in a regular year. For example, miraculous healing. I have seen plenty of people healed from prayers. So to say that you are your own and you were not created, takes as much faith as for me to say you were created, only their is more people who believe that they evolved and were not created.
You make a real good point by stating the most common form of suicide would be lethal injection if it was legal. The law may not be saving those suicidal people who jump off bridges and preform other methods but it is saving people like yourself who have to go through extreme pain to get back on track.
This is a weak arguement because your are supposing that the person is wanting to be committed to killing himself. There are other ways than legalizing suicide to help a person recover to a healthy life. As problem solvers for suicidal people we should be looking at equipping counselors with job forms and relocation plans for people who can not think of continuing their lives since most suicidal people just need a new chance.