The Antichrist's Counterpoint - Question Two from Aborior Translatione's blog

Q - Why do bad things happen?

A - We live in a world of pain and suffering. There is no one who is not affected by the harsh realities of life, and the question “why do bad things happen to good people?” is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is sovereign, so all that happens must have at least been allowed by Him, if not directly caused by Him. At the outset, we must acknowledge that human beings, who are not eternal, infinite, or omniscient, cannot expect to fully understand God’s purposes and ways.

The book of Job deals with the issue of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Job was a righteous man (Job 1:1), yet he suffered in ways that are almost beyond belief. God allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him, and Satan did his worst. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was good and therefore continued to trust in Him. Ultimately, that should be our reaction as well.

Counterpoint:

Why is that sadistic parable always the go to? 

Job couldn't know, but it seems god is a sadistic fucking twat making bets with his archrival like L Ron Hubbard and Jack Parsons if they were freinemies 

That aside, what the fuck?

You can't know god's plan? What a fucking cop out. You can't know the plan because there is no plan and you're using a false belief in cosmic importance as a coping mechanism.

Once again the answers are in the stars.

What about the first thing you said and just stop there? Universe is hostile. Needs no explanation. 

Further Muddling up why the world is fucked up is the rationalizing of self-serving behavior as original sin. I feel "shit is fucked" still works fine. 

 And though shit is fucked you want to thrive. You want to ascend in some way. Whether that is through social acquiescence and reward or will to power, all creatures seek security in some way.

You can bargain mammalian instincts away as a corruption of evil all you want, but you'd simultaneously have to apply this to every creature with domineering, territorial, or aggressive self-serving behavior.

The world is cruel because there is no inherent design. You have to choose a path that benefits you first and foremost. So does everyone else. Some have less respect than others. Some animals steal food and defy the pecking order, some circumvent it scavenging off the dead.

Is it evil? Or is it just a less cooperative approach exhibited by an animal within a species? A mutation to be a manipulative user of resources irrelevant to the benefits of the species? The solitary vs. pack animal. 

You have to watch out for others. Fight others. Fight the many thinking whatever they want about why they have to fight. But at the end of the day you still gotta survive and compete with other people doing the same, whatever rung of existence you reside on..

We are all ultimately meaningless mites crawling on a ball of dirt that could easily be wiped out by electromagnetism.  The omnipotent statistical chance to being hit by a GRB. 

A disaster away from a whole new range of adversity and other animals to battle with, if still applicable. 

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Anna
Apr 23
I would look at it in more pragmatic way. If it works, it works. For some, the religious mindset is an unnecessary burden, it cripples them. But for others, it can be a powerful motivation to push forward in spite of life hurdles. If someone gets over some dire tragedy in his life and moves on, saying "God helped me and saved me" is still better than someone who forever stays in the dumps because "life is brutal" and he's realistic. There is nothing particularly wrong with coping mechanisms as long as they prove effective.I would look at it in more pragmatic way. If it works, it works. For some, the religious mindset is an unnecessary burden, it cripples them. But for others, it can be a powerful motivation to push for...See more
Aborior Translatione
Apr 23
Of course. The one thing everyone agrees on here is "to each their own"... I just think this predisposition to using faith as a motivational tool is that line in the sand. And if the Antichrist's objective is to subvert praise of god these are the places to start. The forceful removal of ideas as such.Of course. The one thing everyone agrees on here is "to each their own"... I just think this predisposition to using faith as a motivational tool is that line in the sand. And if the Antichr...See more
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Cornelius Coburn
Apr 25
I believe existence is more about a perfected system of creation and less about whether or not it will rain on your particular parade.
Cornelius Coburn
Apr 25
Running parallel and alongside of breaking a few eggs to make an omelette.
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