1. Jen
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    I don’t have all the answers, but here is my take on it. I know that God is to be praised for EVERYTHING GOOD. There are other forces in this world at work, not just God. Yes, he could control everything and make it so nothing bad ever happens but that would never bring any of us to Him. We wouldn’t realize how much we do need Him in our lives, and for the afterlife. He IS omnipotent but bad things still happen to good people, and bad people seem to get off the hook somehow and no justice is served. We live in a world where bad things happen. We don’t live in the sinless & blameless world that God first intended us to. People suffer because of sin (which separates us from GOD) not simply because God is playing favorites. (That’s not the God I worship) I do believe there’s a purpose behind everything, we just don’t know His ways. I know I would love to ask Him one day and see if I was on the right track. I know how ridiculous it will sound to you but that’s my firm belief. Yes, God loves us ALL. Even Atheists, hateful or reasonable. We are His creation and His children, and we are given free will. We are not robots. Why do we sometimes let our children fail? We don’t rescue them from every mistake they make. Why? Because they have to learn somehow. I don’t think God sees death as a bad thing. To Him, it’s not THE END. It’s just the beginning of our eternity with Him. I believe that some people are saved from death simply because they’re not finished yet with what God wanted them to accomplish on earth. I’ve known people to lose babies, and however cruel that seems for God to take a child away from parents before they get a chance to hold them and love them and raise them.. or even after those kids have been in the family for years.. those people are stronger for it in the end and sometimes good stuff does come out of it. Raising awareness of diseases, addiction, etc. and also being able to help others who have experienced the same thing, etc. God heals. I know I don’t have the answers, and the way I explain it might sound ridiculous. But I do believe that He has a purpose for everything He does or doesn’t do, and one day we WILL know the answers.

  2. Eric
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    Suffice it to say, our interpretations of how the conversation went are vastly different. It’s unfortunate but it is how it is. I didn’t email you this morning to defend or further my arguments. Especially since I’ve been making them with a tremendous amount of success for several years. 
    There is a part of me that wants to continue this and point out why you are so tragically wrong in your characterizations of my position. Your characterization feels dishonest to be frank about it, but I’m willing to just accept that you don’t fully grasp my position. It’s disappointing to learn of your anger issues. I wish you the best with that. I’m sure it’s something you struggle with everyday and that can’t be easy. I was disappointed to learn that you felt like fighting after our exchange. Being that enraged by words on the internet has to be a hard thing to deal with.

    I really can’t say that I’m interested in any further dialog or having coffee with you. I think you have far more to deal with in your personal life than I do, so I will follow my better judgement and just leave it here. 

    Good luck Mike.


  3. Jessica Harley
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    Sounds to me like you just can’t stand to not have the last word.

  4. Leslie
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    I didn’t read the conversation, but from an outsider’s perspective, Eric’s comments above sound extremely passive aggressive, immature and condescending. If that’s in any way how the conversation in general went, I can imagine how frustrating it must have been.

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