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Old 09-24-2017, 10:42 PM
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In both Christianity and philosophy, there is some thing known as "The Problem of Evil."

It goes something like this:

If God exists, then misery exists either (1) because God is incapable of stopping it--therefore, He is not worthy of worship; or (2) God is indifferent to it--therefore (again) He is not worthy of worship.

It is an interesting conundrum.

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If God exists, then misery exists either (1) because God is incapable of stopping it--therefore, He is not worthy of worship; or (2) God is indifferent to it--therefore (again) He is not worthy of worship.
The answer is neither...

Two points...

1) No mention of free will...Much misery is determined by one's own decisions...

2) Much misery is determined by OTHERS' free will...

Other factors, of course, but the "conundrum" is misleading...
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The answer is neither...

Two points...

1) No mention of free will...Much misery is determined by one's own decisions...

2) Much misery is determined by OTHERS' free will...

Other factors, of course, but the "conundrum" is misleading...
1. While part of one's 'misery' is the result of one's decisions (see my signature), it quite often is reinforced by external influences that desire that very outcome.

2. Yes, we have all been collateral damage from other people's bad decisions, but as with item 1, it's what you do with the results... don't know if you recall one of my other signatures: Building block or stumbling block, choose.
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