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Oct
15
comment Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
Well, I read it as implying that choosing not to abstain is the problem. That again does not imply anything on the origin of homosexuality (of, if anything, it says that it is God who gave them [homosexual] lust). By saying that some people are by nature homosexual, one only implies that they are only attracted by people of the same gender, not that they must commit sins.
Oct
14
comment Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
This is just describing homosexuals as basically "people with issues". Ask around better, the only issues homosexuals have is with people blaming them for what they feel. Your anecdotal experience does not prove anything, besides the fact that you have convinced yourself of something...
Oct
14
comment Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
I am not taking a position on the origin of homosexuality. I am saying your statement "I think that since God finds homosexuality detestable, it would be safe to assume that God does not create people in a manner that he finds detestable." is not a logical argument, because God could be creating homosexual people and expecting them not to sin for some purpose we don't know. The Bible does not say that God does not like people with homosexual desires, it only takes a position on the act of homosexuality, does it not?
Oct
14
comment Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
OK: no more discussion. I think it's fair to leave a single comment explaining my downvote. Homosexuality is not a "psychiatric disorder" according to... psychiatry. Even the Catholic Church distinguishes the act from the person in the link provided by the OP.
Oct
14
comment Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
This argument doesn't make any sense. If people are born homosexual, and God creates people, then God creates homosexuals. He might be testing them, for example.
Oct
14
comment Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual?
"God created me this way. No. No one is created gay." -- I don't know if God creates people with specific gender orientations, however it is factually incorrect to say that people are not created gay. People may as well be born that way, certainly they claim not to be able to choose whom they like.
Jul
29
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
@Pacerier what proof does Christianity have which is not based on religious faith?
Jul
6
comment How do creationists explain the genetic diversity of animals after Noah's Ark?
You certainly do gain information via selective breeding. You might want to review your biology there.
Jun
18
comment Exorcisms: effective remedy or historical curiosity?
@Steve sort of, but it should be an answer, not a comment :-)
Mar
1
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
@Caleb can you reconsider or better justify the closure here? In hindsight, the question and it's answers do not seem to be unconstructive in the least.
Jan
26
comment Is saying “Oh My God” really using God's name in vain?
Wait, wouldn't definition 1. "without effect" also include unanswered prayers, then?
Sep
23
comment Was God living in darkness before the creation of light?
@and I won't comment on the theological part, but from a strictly physical standpoint the Genesis account doesn't make any sense. Suggesting otherwise is misleading.
Aug
20
comment If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will?
@Richard isn't that a tautology though? An entity outside the bounds of time is by definition a "super-chrono" entity. It doesn't need to have its own time though.
Dec
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@corsiKa There is no dragon in Carl Sagan's garage :-)
Dec
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@corsiKa Either one knows what God is, or they don't. Science is very precise, and wishy-washy definitions are clearly not addressable. This includes unclear personal opinions. On the other hand every single time religious people made a verifiable assertion (let me emphasise: every single time), they have been proven wrong (summaries.cochrane.org/CD000368/…). This is a fact - if you disagree, give an example of an experiment has proven the God hypothesis, I'll be happy to learn something new :-)
Jul
9
comment Who created God?
@Pacerier It's not possible because there is a time and there is a difference.
Jul
9
comment Who created God?
@Pac "creation" means going from a state where a thing does not exist, to a state where something exists. This has to happen in this order, otherwise we would be talking about a destruction. This "order" makes sense only if time exists. For example, in your "instantaneous" time, creation would not be possible and it would look exactly like destruction.
Jun
20
comment Are people possessed by demons today? What is the modern Christian perspective?
"These kinds of things normally don't get media attention. They're too supernatural." It's actually the opposite, normally. The real problem is that such things are utterly false, and completely unbelievable to a modern, well-educated person.
Jan
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
In fact, those qualities have been addressed by science, strongly disproved repeatedly, and it is only by shifting the definition of G that religion can rationalise this. Ultimately, it is this ever moving target ("G of the gaps") that makes the topic intractable.
Jan
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@serathur the existence of G cannot be discussed without a definition of G and a coherent choice of what you mean by existence. Science defines as necessary for existence to have some measurable quality, such as the ability to influence the physical world. So any statement like G performs miracles, answers prayers or a soul makes us alive makes G addressable by science.