I'm from Holland and some time ago there was a trial here about a guy who worked in a day care centre for little children, 2 to 5 years old. This man Robert was charged for mollesting several of these children, taping it and selling it online. The news here described what discusting things Robert did and it included raping. think about it, raping 2 to 5 year old children, taping it, taking it home to watch it and sell the recordings online for your own profit.
I posted several questions on several websites asking for a religious persons to explain to me why a good, loving, all powerfull, all knowing god would allow this to happen to children. However, I never got a satisfying answer.
It always comes down to free will. They'll say something like: well robert has free will, so bassically it is up to him to decide what he want to do and god cannot intervere.
Well screw that. God constantly intervered in the old testament. Furthermore, the free will agrument is completely crap in this case. Cause god could have made him get lost every time he went to the day care centre. He might still have his free will to go rape kids, but he would just never get there. Or he could have beamed the kids back to their parents, like star trek. And then put a little note there stating that it was god who beamed them back cause robert wanted to rape them. them he would have convinced a lotta people of his excistence and he would have saved these kids. Robert could still have the free will to rape, but again would not be able to do so. He could magically made roberts penis disapear and his nose, fingers, hands, arms, toes and legs, just for good measure. Leave him a note and tell him it was god who did it, just so he know. Again he could still want to rape kids, but would be unable to do so.
So please religious people, christians in particular, please explain why my reasoning is wrong. And if it is right, why didnt your god do any of this. Cause if a simple mortal like me can come up with this, surely an all powerfull all knowing god must have thaught of it?
There is a basic flaw in your argument. The human brain has no capacity for actual free will.
The brain takes in information from the senses and puts it through the neural passages of action potentials and spits out a response based on our nature and nurture.
Nowhere do we get to detach ourselves from our physiology in our brain and impose a ' free will ' decision into what we ultimately do.
When we realise that we have no free will, it allows us the ultimate freedom. As we have no free will, we cant ever commit a sin and the god moral concept becomes irrelevant.
Where does that leave us with the child rapist. He is a dangerous destructive person who needs to be removed from our society. Society must also prove that this behaviour carries consequence and incarceration must serve as a deterrent to anyone contemplating a similar heinous act. Punishment is not an appropriate motivation for incarceration.
That does not let him off the hook, in fact the opposite is true. As he owes no debt to society, he can't ever pay off this debt and society need never release him.
That leaves us with no god, no sin, no evil, no religion and a beautiful existence where we get to enjoy our lives. It lets go of the stupid doubts and what ifs, that we otherwise trouble ourselves with.
Life happens and the wonderful thing is, .... we get to experience it consciously. : - )