There is no rational, demonstrable, or defensible reason for a compassionate God to allow any of that. The excuses you will hear for it are either illogical, contradict known facts, or require wildly implausible assumptions for which there is no evidence.
Why would a god allow such suffering in this world? Why are there people with crippling, painful disorders and diseases?
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It seems when we examine real objects close enough, they become illusory at the quantum level. Also, the self seems to be an illusion in the strictest sense. Yet it is also real since it exists. What is the difference between reality and illusion?
Why does the bible, supposedly the perfect inerrant word of god, claim that bats are birds (Lev 11:13-19).
The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville FL is sponsoring an International Burn A Koran Day on 9/11/2010. I don't understand why they are doing this. I wanted to direct this towards the Muslim and Christian columnists.
Answers: Muslim, Christian
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Answers: Atheist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu
How did the religion you adhere to change or develop from its earliest belief form?
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