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One question you would ask God.
« on: December 22, 2010, 05:07:16 AM »
Whether you're a believer or not. Just one.

Mine: What made you God?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 11:08:18 AM »
My question to God: What is to be done with the injustice and their injustice?

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 11:14:26 AM »
Why did I not find You sooner?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 11:22:30 AM »
Where do you want me to go as far as faith, career and marriage are concerned?

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 11:52:52 AM »
How can you allow all of the suffering on this planet to go on without intervening (ie a child dying of starvation every five seconds, plagues, natural disasters, AIDS, child pornography, human exploitation and slavery, malaria, diabetes, etc etc etc)?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 12:09:02 PM »
Why so serious?

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 12:14:35 PM »
Why so serious?

I'm just being honest. If I have only one question to ask God, I'm going to ask the Big One (for me, at least).
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 12:18:16 PM »
Why so serious?

I'm just being honest. If I have only one question to ask God, I'm going to ask the Big One (for me, at least).

Sorry, that was actually my question to God.  :P :laugh: :-*

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 12:24:12 PM »
Why so serious?

I'm just being honest. If I have only one question to ask God, I'm going to ask the Big One (for me, at least).

Sorry, that was actually my question to God.  :P :laugh: :-*

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010, 01:53:38 PM »
How can you allow all of the suffering on this planet to go on without intervening (ie a child dying of starvation every five seconds, plagues, natural disasters, AIDS, child pornography, human exploitation and slavery, malaria, diabetes, etc etc etc)?


I don't think that you would need to ask that question as St. Paul has already given us the answer in 1 Corinthians 13, verse 12:  "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2010, 02:45:54 PM »
How can you allow all of the suffering on this planet to go on without intervening (ie a child dying of starvation every five seconds, plagues, natural disasters, AIDS, child pornography, human exploitation and slavery, malaria, diabetes, etc etc etc)?


I don't think that you would need to ask that question as St. Paul has already given us the answer in 1 Corinthians 13, verse 12:  "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

Which, as beautiful as St. Paul's passage is, is kind of saying: "We humans don't know yet. But one day we will." It doesn't solve the Problem of Evil, in my opinion, but promises that it will all make sense in the end.

I'd still ask.  :)
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2010, 03:19:19 PM »
Will you have mercy on me and grant me to partake of your glory?

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2010, 03:19:44 PM »
How can you allow all of the suffering on this planet to go on without intervening (ie a child dying of starvation every five seconds, plagues, natural disasters, AIDS, child pornography, human exploitation and slavery, malaria, diabetes, etc etc etc)?


I don't think that you would need to ask that question as St. Paul has already given us the answer in 1 Corinthians 13, verse 12:  "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

Which, as beautiful as St. Paul's passage is, is kind of saying: "We humans don't know yet. But one day we will." It doesn't solve the Problem of Evil, in my opinion, but promises that it will all make sense in the end.

I'd still ask.  :)

The problem of evil is the fallout of a particular development in Western thought (here use I Western broadly, including the stark Platonism of the East). There really is "no problem".

There are some beautiful answers to the question which are a paragraph long not thousands as in Leibniz.
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2010, 03:24:02 PM »
To God: What question should I ask you? Rhetorically: Who would better know the answer?

Really, this is an absurd topic.
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2010, 04:35:41 PM »
How can you allow all of the suffering on this planet to go on without intervening (ie a child dying of starvation every five seconds, plagues, natural disasters, AIDS, child pornography, human exploitation and slavery, malaria, diabetes, etc etc etc)?


Ditto for me as well!

With an additional question; you exist, so why all the subterfuge to make it look like you don't?

If I had to ask a fun one it would be, of course, "the platypus? what were you thinking?!" :D

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2010, 07:48:01 PM »
P = NP?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2010, 07:54:40 PM »
What's the Lotto numbers?

(everything else has been answered)
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2010, 07:57:09 PM »
With an additional question; you exist, so why all the subterfuge to make it look like you don't?

Reminds me of that episode of Futurama:

God: "Bender, being God isn't easy. If you do too much, people get dependent on you. And if you do nothing, they lose hope. You have to use a light touch, like a safecracker or a pickpocket."
Bender: "Or a guy who burns down a bar for the insurance money!"
God: "Yes, if you make it look like an electrical thing. When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2010, 10:30:41 PM »
How can "F" and "Ph" have the same sound?

or

Why didn't You turn Hitler into a pile of goo or at least open up the key to the lightning cabinet?

or

What would You have me do?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2010, 11:49:18 PM »
Did you find some sort of humor in letting me wander for 44 years?

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How many licks does it take to get tot he center of a Tootsie Pop??
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2010, 11:54:43 PM »
Why did You make gluttony a sin? Couldn't you have made it virtue?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2010, 11:56:11 PM »
Why?
You are right. I apologize for having sacked Constantinople. I really need to stop doing that.

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2010, 12:22:59 AM »
Why not?









I guess G-d would answer my question with a question....
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2010, 12:47:55 AM »
Got any threes?

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2010, 01:43:36 AM »
"May I go home with you?" :)
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2010, 01:54:51 AM »
Just how wrong am I?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2010, 04:59:05 AM »
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If I had to ask a fun one it would be, of course, "the platypus? what were you thinking?!"

Nah. Cockroaches. He must have been having a VERY bad day.  :P :laugh: :laugh:

Why did You make gluttony a sin? Couldn't you have made it virtue?

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« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2010, 12:39:39 PM »
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If I had to ask a fun one it would be, of course, "the platypus? what were you thinking?!"

Nah. Cockroaches. He must have been having a VERY bad day.  :P :laugh: :laugh

LOL! Or as Ann Druyan once said, "God must be VERY interested in cockroaches!" (considering there are like 600 different species) :)

Or is 6000? Either way he must really like bugs, yet told the Hebrews not to eat them. Wait, maybe that shows just how much He likes them?  ??? ??? ??? ???

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #28 on: December 23, 2010, 12:41:05 PM »
P = NP?

 ??? ??? ???

I think I'm missing something, maybe I can ask God that question too? ;)

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2010, 05:19:37 PM »
Lord, will You remember me in your kingdom?
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« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2010, 06:36:24 PM »
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If I had to ask a fun one it would be, of course, "the platypus? what were you thinking?!"

Nah. Cockroaches. He must have been having a VERY bad day.  :P :laugh: :laugh

LOL! Or as Ann Druyan once said, "God must be VERY interested in cockroaches!" (considering there are like 600 different species) :)

Or is 6000? Either way he must really like bugs, yet told the Hebrews not to eat them. Wait, maybe that shows just how much He likes them?  ??? ??? ??? ???


Precisely.

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #31 on: December 23, 2010, 07:08:22 PM »
To all those who would ask God about suffering in the world. The Lord Almighty can ask you the same question. Why do you allow suffering in the world? ;D
My question would be: Why did you have mercy on a sinful worthless person like me?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2010, 11:49:25 PM »
P = NP?

 ??? ??? ???

I think I'm missing something, maybe I can ask God that question too? ;)

http://www.claymath.org/millennium/P_vs_NP/

I'd even be willing to split the prize money with him.
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #33 on: December 24, 2010, 07:28:41 AM »
"Lord who made the lion and the lamb,
You decreed I should be what I am--
Would it spoil some vast, eternal plan,
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #34 on: December 24, 2010, 02:26:43 PM »
P = NP?

 ??? ??? ???

I think I'm missing something, maybe I can ask God that question too? ;)

http://www.claymath.org/millennium/P_vs_NP/

I'd even be willing to split the prize money with him.

You can have the prize money, I'd shoot for something a little higher, I want to at least be able to solve the halting problem, but since I get to ask any question, we might as well go even further:

How do I build an oracle machine that is in a complexity class no greater than O(log log n) that will solve, in a finite number of sets, any computation problem classifiable within the Kleene hierarchy or within any infinite expansion of any degree of the Kleene hierarchy.

If he were truly 'God' he should be able to answer that question...
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #35 on: December 24, 2010, 11:20:59 PM »
Why won't you leave me alone ?
Your idea has been debunked 1000 times already.. Maybe 1001 will be the charm

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #36 on: December 25, 2010, 12:26:49 AM »
Will everything ultimately by OK?
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #37 on: December 25, 2010, 01:28:25 AM »
For me I'm nervous and scared to even confront our Creator. I don't even know how I would react.
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #38 on: April 01, 2011, 01:08:30 AM »
Dear God,

Where'd ya hide all the evidence for your existence?

Sincerely yours (am I yours?)

Justin  ;)
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« Reply #39 on: April 01, 2011, 01:18:33 AM »
"What do you have against pews and kneelers?" ;)

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #40 on: April 01, 2011, 01:19:58 AM »
Dear God,

Where'd ya hide all the evidence for your existence?

Sincerely yours (am I yours?)

Justin  ;)


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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #41 on: April 01, 2011, 01:38:12 AM »
I'll see your faithpalm pic and raise you an "I Want To Believe" poster...

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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2011, 09:35:30 AM »
Not that my wretched soul deserves your salvation for which I seek your mercy, but out of curiosity, is it possible to save even the demons Lord?
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« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2011, 09:40:12 AM »
Not that my wretched soul deserves your salvation for which I seek your mercy, but out of curiosity, is it possible to save even the demons Lord?

Maybe if you can find 10 good demons, God will save the whole lot?  8)  It's a question I'd like to know the answer to as well though...
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Re: One question you would ask God.
« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2011, 09:43:21 AM »
Not that my wretched soul deserves your salvation for which I seek your mercy, but out of curiosity, is it possible to save even the demons Lord?

Maybe if you can find 10 good demons, God will save the whole lot?  8)

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