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OOO Changing up the blog design looks good..PS- I will read the article too :)
Thanks for the article, Chad. If you have other similar articles, please let me know. Lavinia
K-tribe,Ha; yes, it was about time for a change. I was getting tired of the blue and really prefer black!Let me know what you think of the article!Godspeed
Lavinia,Good to see you on the blog as always! If I find anymore articles on the topic of deism, I will be sure to send them your way and they may make an appearance on the blog! Godspeed
I have a question about this statement:"Under deism, the purpose of the universe is elusive at best, and downright cruel at worst. In contrast, theism posits that evil is necessary so that human beings can make a choice between good and evil. In contrast to deism, where God abandons humans, theism says that God promises to be with us in our trials to guide and shape us to respond as He would so that we can become conformed to His image."Theism says that evil is necessary?? Why necessary?In Momma summary terms:Evil exists because of sin and sinful nature right?not because God is this "being" that created evil to make us suffer as Desim would say.. Am I getting it??I feel like I am back in Theology class again ugh!!
Hello K-Tribe,I believe a better way of putting it would be "the possibility of evil is necessary." In other words, God allowed the possibility of evil[free will], but man makes evil actual.You are correct in pointing out that God did not create evil.Does that answer your question?Godspeed
I think I got it... but are you saying Free Will is evil or Free Will can choose to sin , (be evil) against God and the only way to truly resist evil is through Christ. Yes??What about all the other "isms"? Is Rich saying that Theism is the best way to describe existence?
PS- Please feel free to tell me "You are getting off topic! Lady!" :)
K-tribe,Your questions are fine. Since God created mankind with free will, evil, logically, had to be an option. For meaningful interaction to happen at all, free will must exist. After all, love can only exist when it is freely given. Forced love is a contradiction.I do believe that Mr. Deem is saying that Christianity best explains the reality in which we find ourselves. I believe the same to be true.Finally, I would agree that Christ is able to provide us with the power to resist temptation (i.e. evil) when we submit to Him. But I will even go a step further and state that Christainity is the only worldview that directly deals with and ultimately defeats evil through Jesus death on the cross!Great points and questions!Godspeed
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