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Wages of sin vs. wages of illogic

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Every time I lay down my pen after writing about matters supernatural, I say I’ll never take it up again. I’m going to let this business rest, as some of my readers urge, and confine myself to matters mundane, even municipal, like the purchase of Chevy Tahoes for the convenience of Schenectady cops. But the letters keep coming in — more than you see in print — and some of them so provoke me that ...


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JLibertarian
January 24, 2012
12:51 p.m.

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I am a life long Catholic. I don't recall being taught by a nun or priest or a catechist that the reason that bad things happen to supposedly innocent people is because of their sins. To be sure the Bible, especially The Old Testament is full of stories of God reigning down destruction and death upon the people who have not followed his will (e.g. Sodom and Gomorrah and Nineveh). But I have always been taught the the evil in the world is due to the Devil. So when bad things happen to people who seem to be innocent, it is usually attributable to the Devil. Now many believers and non-believers will say how could such an all-powerful and benevolent God let such things happen? The answer is simple, God may be omnipresent but God is not able to stop everything everywhere and he may just let things happen to teach us a lesson. As to your example of Haiti, God does not control the weather like that. God can create terrible storms but most of the time God just lets life happen. The whole point of believing in God is that if you abide by his rules here on Earth you will be rewarded when you die of everlasting life in Heaven with God.

You choose to call it a myth or fantasy and that is your choice but billions of people who believe in God choose to have hope and faith that they will find a better life after death by following God's plan. To you Mr. Stock, good luck with your beliefs or lack thereof.

J.D.
January 28, 2012
8:41 a.m.

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Considering we'll all be much happier in heaven with God, what's wrong with God bringing his children home to Him when they are suffering?

Isn't that what parents do when their kids are suffering? Bring them home, take care of them?

How do you know that God is not saving that little boy from suffering something even more horrific?

Maybe that boy suffered to make you ask more questions to get more answers. It's obviously troubling you Mr. Strock.

Logic tells us that an intelligence much greater than ours created the universe and life. Man cannot even create a blade of grass, let alone a revolving, orbiting earth. But athiests prefer to believe that something as complex, intricate and amazing as the universe, earth and living things all just popped out of thin air or evolved over a matter of time.

I wish a sportscar would evolve into my driveway...
Seriously, why don't you read the catechism of the Catholic Church and see if you still believe that a man made it up. I'd love to see your column on that.

smith
February 15, 2012
11:25 a.m.

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Those people may have been "innocent" of epidemiology, but God was/is well aware of it. The evidence is in Leviticus for those who read it and ask what good these rules might do. Read "None of These Diseases"
ISBN 978-0-8007-5719-9

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