A Very Good Question – Ray Comfort
"Is there free will in Heaven? If there is free will in Heaven is it possible to sin in Heaven? If the answer to either of those questions is no then clearly either free will is not as important as you make out OR it is possible for God to give people free will AND remove the ability for them to sin. God can apparently do anything. So why could he not have created beings that had both free will and lacked the ability to sin?" Rabbitpirate
Most Christians believe that God allowed the Fall because He didn't want to make us as "robots." He therefore gave us a free will, and that entailed the freedom to choose right and wrong. That explanation has never satisfied me. This is because it is (hopefully) evident that in Heaven, God isn't going to give the vast sea of redeemed humanity the ability to sin. That didn't work with just one couple, so it's not going to work with innumerable multitudes. So we will clearly live in a state where we aren't robots but we won't have the capability to sin. That makes sense. The question then arises as to why God didn't do that with Adam and Eve. Why did He create them with the freedom of choice, and therefore allow them to bring all this misery, death and an impending Hell upon the entire human race.
That's the first of two questions that I will humbly and with due reverence ask when I get to Heaven.
The second is, "Why does God allow children to suffer?" I'm not talking about suffering the pain of a broken leg or some sort of temporal disease. I'm talking about excruciating pain from a disease that sucks out their life, leaving them as a skeleton, and then taking them terrified to an untimely grave. If He is loving and kind, why doesn't He heal them? He has the power to do so. Nothing is impossible for God. So why not heal them? The atheist therefore concludes that God is either a tyrant or He doesn't exist.
Here's why I am still a Christian despite my unanswered questions. I know that the sun exists. I also know that it is directly responsible for the agonizing deaths of many innocent people. Deserts are littered with the dry bones of those who found themselves under its terrible burning heat. I know that there are holes in this analogy because the sun isn't a thinking rational part of God's creation, but my point is, do I then conclude that the sun doesn't exist because it killed these people?
I can't deny the reality of the existence of God simply because I have unanswered questions. I know He exists because of the axiom of creation. I know He exists because I know Him experientially, and have an all-consuming love for Him that embraces all of my heart, mind, soul and strength. I'm not angered, worried, frustrated, concerned or upset by these questions, because I love and trust Him. I know that the time will come when I find out the answers, and I don't mind waiting.
A National Outcry
We live in what many call "the age of tolerance." Never before has a generation been so sensitive to the ethnicity, the sexual diversity of people groups, or the beliefs and concerns of others. This is a generation that not only cares about animals, about smoke-free zones and the general environment, they care about people.
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Can you imagine the outcry if a university (under the guise of freedom of speech) allowed students to have a "Black Day International Event," where white students, with the blessing of authorities, spent the day chalking the sidewalks with the "n" word and other racial slurs? There would be a national outcry. Or imagine if a university condoned a "Gay Day International Event," where students were free to write slurs about homosexuals. Such would be deemed "hate speech," have severe repercussions, and make national news.
Early in October of 2009, the University of Northern Iowa allowed a group of atheist students who saw themselves as "Freethinkers," host a "Blasphemy Day International event." This was a day that they said was "devoted to the defense of free speech and blasphemy." They spent the day chalking blasphemous messages and sexually perverted cartoons depicting Jesus. Their president said, "There was a lot of kind of lowbrow chalking, I would guess, and there was some profanity. While that's not what I chalked, and that's not something I would chalk, I definitely support our members chalking whatever they want to chalk, because it was a day to protect free speech."
I'm not concerned about the childish acts of the atheists. What concerns me is the blatant hypocrisy of the university in allowing such juvenile behavior. I'm concerned, but not surprised.
Post Script: The atheist's typical response to this post is: "The difference here is that blasphemy is a victimless crime." But that is not true. The blasphemer is the victim:
"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. For the Lord will not hold him guilty who takes His name in vain."
Blasphemers are victims of their own willful ignorance. They are guilty of a most serious crime against God and unless they repent they will be punished to the full extent, despite their unbelief.
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Hey Ray: I thought we (Christians) used our free will to repent of our sins and we have asked God to relieve us of them. Isn't living a sinless life in heaven merely an answer to our prayers? Who wants to be burdened with sin, especially in heaven? In regards to the suffering of children, there usually seems to be a societal reason for this. If evil runs amok, such as child molestation and murder, it is because the culture refuses to punish it properly or suppresses the teaching of proper morals (the Ten Commandments). If children are suffering from starvation, it is because society has rejected God's economy (private property, Capitalism). Serial killers only came on the scene in great numbers in the 60's and 70's after this society was in full rebellion against God. There are numerous examples in the Bible of how God uses tragedy to refine His people. I think most of the misery we suffer is brought on by ourselves.
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