Pretend you're God. Put yourself in God's shoes. What would you do if your were God? Would you smite an apostate reprobate such as myself? Why or why not?
If you WOULD smite me ........ why do you think God HASN'T done it yet?
Would you do things a "little different" from the way God's doing it right now? Why does God seem to do things differently from what your own perception dictates? Why does he always seem to "let things go" ... even when it works directly against all the things that are believed to be his will and plan?
Yeah ... I've done that; I've tried that game! I think it can be a good eye-opener.
Well, I think a lot of people already put themselves in God's shoes. You can see there are people that believe in a vengeful God that will crush you head with a rock, and then have you burn in Hell for eternity. Pure project. A lot of anger at the World, and it is reflected in the God the person creates and believes in.
If I was God I'd want to bring together all of my creation, work with the ones having trouble, and since I was so smart and wise, I would understand their issues and be infinitely patient. We have lots of time my children .. nothing but time .. I can wait, and I can always create more time ..
if you have children which I do, you realize that you want them to get beyond suffering as soon as possible. Time is for suffering: We have to suffer our share of the burden to become ready for the REAL meaning of MAN, but God put a time limit on it; Six days you will be exiled from me and then you can come home, find your Rest/Sabbath:
what I realized after I was fertilzed with God to become a NEW CREATION is that the old me really felt like God hated me: I bet the worm feels the same way when its time for him to become a butterfly:
I felt like God hated me when I gave birth to my son and was in labor for 27 hours to give natural birth to a 12 lb baby: He was the size of a three month old baby and as much as I loved him once he was out, the pain of labor didn't feel so good even though I knew (if I could care) that I was bringing life into the world.
suffering brings results but who wants to suffer?
the ego would rather we suffer than go to the next level; an ego can spend its whole life killing the body it inhabits by drugs, alcohol, food addiction, irresponsible sexual encounters that may give the body a disease or another child that the ego doesn't really want.....without too much concern.
the fire or pressure of tradition serves the soul to become strong enough to bear up under the fire (God) so it can bring forth the fire/God:
bringing forth God is the END result of all this tradition:
it is useless otherwise; who cares what kind of food to eat or what kind of clothing to wear or what kind of books to read about a God we will never come to know?
a waste of time that the ego sees no need to endure and UNFORTUNATELY many strong egos are more involved in the TRADITION than the reality it speaks about.
the traditional people are very useful in that they KEEP the traditions alive, but it doesn't serve them in the end if they dont themselves FIND THE TRUTH of the tradition within themselves.
when a traditional persons ego is mixed with a bad spirit, we have RELIGIOUS WARS the worst kind of war
I don't think there is a time limit for you with your children. You're not going to run out of patience and drown them in the bathtub for disobedience. That's not a God like quality in your eyes, or mine.
I didn't imply that I hope, but some could take it like that, aka whats her name who did just that.
I meant we try to help our children develop their soul (mensch) so that they are ready for the end of suffering;
I was not this kind of mother: I didn't like to see my children suffer because I suffered so much as a child. I was forced to grow up and wanted my children to retain their childhood as long as possible. I forgot that they needed to survive in the WORLD that had no such sentiments for them.
I know you know what I mean: balance I guess would be the tao way to look at it:
A lot of people take it upon themselves to be God's spokespeople but ... the difference is, they ONLY speak for and on those issues which suit THEM. They represent a "lopsided God".
If you imagine yourself as God himself, you have to take on ALL of the God responsibilities. That means you have to answer for ALL of the day-to-day God operations and explain why this was done, that wasn't done etc. You have to run the entire world with INTEGRITY! That means EVERYTHING has to be satisfied, exactly how it's happening and seen to be happening!
You created the world ... fine.
You created the Muslims too ... the dirty Muslims. Explain it. Why did you create them and/or why do you continue to put up with them?
Why do you allow people like Vince to turn from "the faith" and do immeasurable damage to your evangelical outreach plan ... year after year after year? Why didn't you give him an unmistakable warning against doing what he did? He prayed ... he asked ... and you never gave him any negative signal. In fact, you seemed to do quite the opposite! It seems that when he prayed, you GAVE him what he got ... to get himself unmeshed from Christianity!! Geeze. You seem to like DEFEATING yourself continually! Why?
And so on. Taking on the role of God -even in imagination- teaches you something about opening your eyes and seeing things from different and necessary perspectives .... His.
God hates homosexuality!! Blah blah blah. Really, why even THINK about it? What exactly is it that makes them focus on homosexuality? Maybe I am weird but I don't find that at work with colleagues, we ever even discuss sex of any sort.
But man, these folks can go on and on about God hates sodomy and all this stuff.
Maybe it is just to feel better about themselves? Yep, I'm a sinner, but you know what God REALLY HATES! Fags!! Yeah. It's in the Bible, here's the verse, right next to where he says you can't divorce.
Everything that has happened on this planet, including, according to certain Teachers privy to scriptures so ancient that to state their age meets with incredulity, that humanity has reached our present level several times befoer and, has, for all intents and purposes, destroyed itself several times and had to start from scratch, is/has been, caused by us, the human race, not some ludicrous Satan or a pissed-off God.
We came from the earth and WILL return. If there were a God as so many of you believe then he is a rotten scumbag filfthy piece of crap. I'm not sure why so many think human kind has achieved so much when in fact the only achievement is killing, screwing one another over in hundreds of ways and greed. And of course butchering our mother earth.
The only God I know is the neighbors Goddam Billy Goat. The only true faith in life is the faith that some human is going to fuk someone over today. And thats the real biblical truth. Even ants are smarter than humans and thats a Himalayan, Hindu, Polish, Jewish, Chinese, Mongolian fact. I would include Eskimos but ants are so stupid as to live in that hostile environment - only humans.
I didn't mention ego, I talked about human kind and it's stupidity. All this silly worship and goodness talk is ego. Everyone babbles about god and greatness but nothing changes. As for goats - they are great. Very little ego. Better yet no religious B.S. They come and go in peace. So do ants. It seems our invention of an almighty creator has changed the human animal into a cancer of mother earth. If you need examples I'll be glad to provide.
The leader of the most powerful nation on earth has a lot of tools at his disposal. Not one of them is a drilling rig or underwater submarines capable of going down there and capping that well. For that he has to rely upon either BP or another oil company. So he either sticks with the company that's already liable and likely to do the most it can or try to hire another company who's going to cover their ass to avoid liability.
In the meantime you want him to do what exactly? Get angry? I would suggest he's done that. But to do so in public serves no purpose. He is, after all, the leader of a country. Or are you forgetting that many of the same people (don't know if you were one) who defended W. when he was calm in the face of the 9/11 attacks and kept reading to the kids are now the ones attacking Obama for not going ballistic. Make up your minds.
As to god? Maybe you should be asking why your deity isn't doing something about this. Obama was down on the Gulf coast right away and has been on top of this from the very beginning.
You clowns just want to bitch at Obama and you'd do it no matter what happened here. If the well was capped you'd praise BP and complain about something else.
Assume that you are living alone in an apartment, and that there are many fruit flies in your kitchen, surviving on little bits of your food. Then also assume that there are several spiders there that live on fruit flies that somehow find their way into one of the spiders' nets. Probably you would choose whether to help or harm these; would you be a god or a devil? A helper or a killer? Would you love these creatures?
..... Then extrapolate all that to the God-humans relationship.