Im greek and im an atheist and my disbelief lies not in not wanting to be punished but throught careful critique of the bible i respect a christians right to believe in christ. I just have a few questions regarding the bible. First if god is ominisint that is he is all-knowing then why would he create the angel lucifer knowing he would revolt and tempt adam and eve to eat the fruit in the garden of even leading to christ's eventual crucifixition. Second is the question of freewill which many christians use to rebuttle the first question and that is if god knew that adam and eve were going to eat the fruit then what is the point of the narrative as a whole "the heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps" proverbs 16"9 from this we can see that god knew all along that lucifer would revolt, adam and eve would eat the fruit and that judas would betray him. Also if god is all powerful then when he came down to earth in the form of his son god as man or jesus christ he still has the qualities of what we will call a god( in the ten commandments thou shall have no gods before me implies there are other gods) they how can humans with inferior mortal faculties kill a god who is omnipitient if jesus is real he should still be alive on the cross and we should be able to ask him and question we want. if anybody has any objections to this logic i would be happy to debate them in a civil and noncritical way as i have stated i am tolerant of other peoples belief systems
That's actually not what Proverbs 16:9 states. "He who does evil things is an abomination to a king, for the throne of a ruler is prepared with righteousness. Righteous lips are acceptable to a king and he loves upright words." Proverbs 16:8-9 (Orthodox Study Bible).
God is a mystery, the Trinity is a mystery. The Orthodox never said it wasn't, but instead those of us who choose to accept Christianity have chosen to embrace the Mystery. To accept that there is a God who loves us so much, that he chose to conquer death so that we might be forgiven. C.S. Lewis once said that we should forgive others, because God chose to forgive the inexcusable in us.
The Lord is also not stating that there are other gods when he issued the commandments on Exodus. Yet Moses knew well, that in the minds and hearts of the Israelites that polytheism was not unheard of and so a commandment had to be issued. "For all of the gods of the nations are demons, but the Lord made the heavens." (Psalm 95:5), Instead of demons most Protestant bibles which use the Hebrew translation use the word "idols". This is repeated throughout Scripture, we make gods after our own likeness, gods of gold, wood, and silver. It doesn't mean they are real though except in our imaginations.
Jesus is real, but he also took on a human nature. How could the economy of salvation ever work out, if he were not also human? He came to live with us, to dwell with us, to eat with us. He was said to have cried tears of blood in Gethsamane, was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days as we are all tempted. Yet he rose above it all because of his divine nature that was Pre-existent, and always was. His Pre-Incarnate form is evidence throughout Scripture according to the Fathers, as the "angel of the LORD".
But when it comes to the act of Faith itself, I should know that it is very difficult. You cannot come to belief on your own, but if you would give yourself a chance to attend Divine Liturgy and to pray you will eventually feel something. Even if you don't know who or what you are praying to just yet, eventually that spark of Faith can be ignited in your heart. Keep in mind that much as a flower, it must be fed and nurtured. This is something I have had to learn as well in spite of all of the chaos going on in my mental, emotional, and spiritual life as some have taken note of by my previous posts on this Forum.