Posted: Sep 22, 2017 2:40 am
by SafeAsMilk
monkeyboy wrote:
I know we're only playing at this.....

So if God wants people to behave in a certain way, why aren't they all born equally to parents who set good examples of how to behave well? Why are some born with more hurdles to overcome than others, such as being born with limbs missing, born deaf or blind or both? Why are some people destined to die as infants, incapable of achieving any form of understanding of good or bad? Why are some born to abusive and neglectful parents, who raise them with corrupted morals?

If the answer is that people need to overcome challenges and difficulty,

My response would have been: yes, that's the answer!

why do they?

Because that's how you learn. The God-man relationship is like a parent-child relationship. You want to give them everything and you want them to have a nice life and not suffer, but what happens if they're given everything and they never suffer? They become spoiled. They don't appreciate what they have. They become selfish. They don't do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.

Isn't there a nicer way of sussing folks out? Why do some appear to get a lifetime of adversity whilst others hardly get a moment?

Apparently, there isn't a nicer way to suss folks out. We don't know what the creator of the universe knows. Regarding different people's lot in life, appearances can be deceiving. It might seem that a person never suffers, but you don't know. You don't have to look far to see a celebrity with more money than they know what to do with, but somehow they're still miserable. You might even argue that someone who is given everything and doesn't suffer has an even more difficult task: to learn the truth without the life's lessons that people who suffer learn.

Does it amuse God to see his chosen creations suffer? What criteria does he use to determine what level of hardship one has to endure through life?

As stated before, God doesn't want to see his creations suffer, he's like a parent, blah blah blah. The criteria is what will be a challenge to you, and what adversity God knows you can face and succeed. God will never send you a challenge over which you cannot triumph.

And the daddy of all the questions..... how do you know this?

I'm long past my Bible quoting days, but a combination of that and what my dad and priests told me.