When Samson came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men.
"One man with God is always in the majority." - John Knox
Better than having all his power in his hair, which can easily be cut
Achilles played part in the destruction of Troy...
His is brilliant stuff. One of the things I may attempt is a skinny version of Samson with long hair. A Bible Scholar/ professor I had once asked me the question...what if Samson's strength was because of His hair. Yet also, this was the Holy Spirit. So, Could Samson not have been the Type A persona, Tarzan body builder we have perceived him to be? I just thought that was an interesting question. I disagree. However I like the thought behind it.
The fact that Samson’s strength was supernatural caused this professor to speculate that he might have been physically unimpressive? Eh, possible but not likely. The Philistine temple excavated at Tell Qasile was supported by two cedar pillars that were spaced almost 10 feet apart. Even if the pillars of the Gaza temple were a little closer together, a man who could simultaneously place a hand on each of them would have to be pretty big.
If religions can have video games, why not Samson's Fury?
But point taken on Samson being a bad man. And a small clarification without a religious argument, we have a God watching over bad people, and He punishes bad people with terrible desires (lust, cannibal, murder, greed, etc.). And also, He listens to His creations. They did not want Him, so he allows Himself to be removed from their presence. Which is what is happening today as well. God loves His creations that He is willing to listen to their wants and needs.
Really, he listens to his creations?! Is that why children die from starvation, disease, parasites and more, despite any and all prayer? Samson was the transgressor in the story against the Philistines, who were made out to be "evil" only because The Bible says so.
Also, in history point of view, the Philistines were seen as "evil" was not simply the Bible says so. No, far from it. The Bible said that the Philistines conquered Israel, turned them into slaves, women into prostitutes, or in some factions of the Philistines, sacrificed the Israelite to their gods (which includes throwing live babies unto a bronze bowl, which is cooked from a fire beneath, thus making the bowl emitting babies' howling screams. Some have cannibalism, which is an act against humanity in general. And raping others is considered a ritual in some Philistines sections). The Bible didn't just "say so." It was Truth before, it is Truth now, and it shall be Truth tomorrow.
Any other points I could clarify for you? I don't mind talking about the Bible or my faith in general.
Plus he created EVERYTHING, so everything is his fault. Then explain those that were never told about God. He'd forsake them because they was never told about him? That makes it worse!
If God is good, then why have things like natural disasters that serve no purpose other than destruction?
How is that any different from other races? Obviously primitive societies with stronger forces and fear "the other" will fight and conquer. Any and all information I found about the Philistines being "evil" are all Bible related. Any and all claims you make can simply be chalked up to any and all excuse the Israelites can have: Their Gods demanded it.
But you want a clear understanding of how evil? Look no further than the story of Moses! Decades his people suffered, sent one guy to do magic tricks, one would be enough except God HARDENED THE HEART OF THE PHARAOH! He was working both sides of the conflict so he can show off!
We also remember that the Jews were heavily persecuted in the holocaust, and yet, after the war, the Jews finally have a country to live in.
God has plan for everything, even the bad things. Because, through the bad things, something good would come out of it. Poor Job of the Old Testament receives many bad things, and yet, he received more than what he had before.
As for the destruction of everything, it was punishment for disobedience. And the Bible often warn the readers to not do immoral actions because the result will happen. Kill a man, an avenger will hunt after you. Sleep with many people, either your penis falls off or you get terrible diseases. Persecute one country, a bigger ally will crush you. Reason why many things are due to consequences. With that, we are facing the consequences set to us by Adam and Eve, the first humans. We were deemed unworthy to even try to enter Heaven, but God sends His Son to fulfill the Sacrifice.
So, as you mentioned, Uganda has faced many trials, but by the end, they may become even better than what they were before. And for us, what can we learn from it? Why does one world wage war against another? Ideals? Wealth? Alliance? For the Israelite's case, their enemies wanted to conquer them and kill them all, as many others before them. To extinguish their enemies, then Israel would not have faced against slavery.
There are people who are prideful, and they may faced trials which humiliate them. Then they have a choice, shall they be humbled? Or do they want to continue in vanity and receive nothing.
And honestly, even for us Christians, we still do not understand God. And the Bible repeatedly state,"Who is God's counsel?" I have seen one comment that rings quite true. When Jesus fed the 4,000 people, they came back the next day, but Jesus sends them away. Why? The first time, it was desperation, but the next? They just want free stuff. We are to work with the sweat on our brow.
Why are there diseases? We may find the cure.
Why are there hunger? We became aware and help them (There many organizations that does that, but they only do so much)
Why are there rapped children or women? We became aware and make a campaign to end it.
Why are there war? Either they attacked one another and it became a show of force. (Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima)
God is not vain. And as vague as it may sound, we do not understand Him. We do know that there is a deceiver, named Satan or Lucifer. He was the first to betray God, and in turn, he tricked Adam and Eve into temptation, which leads to death. Before you proclaim that it was irresponsible of God to send Satan to earth in the first place, Satan was not yet in Hell. He often went to Heaven and back to Earth, as stated in Job. And perhaps for our sake, Satan, the demons, and the angels are made invisible, otherwise we would be terrified of just the sight of one. The demons could evil looking appearance, while the angels are just so intimidating, that we would just faint.
And of course, the worse are yet to come, as stated in Revelation. All the evil that we do not understand in this world? Magnify it by infinity. Christians and Jews alike will be persecuted during the last years. And the people will make their choice on either God or Satan.
As for the people who either hear or not hear of God, that is why Jesus said, "Go out and make disciple to the end of earth." That is God's command to save the people. And yet here we are, "afraid" to even speak because we will be ridiculed and mocked. And in today's time, no matter poor the country, we have internet, social media, news, etc. People know everything nowadays.
So, what can we do as fellow human beings? We can look back and not repeat the same mistakes. We look forward and help make a better tomorrow. That's what God gave us. To enable us to have a vision to help, encourage, better ourselves.
I tire of debates. It is rather pointless to state if God is bad or good, for neither of us will understand God's immense knowledge.
You can claim he is "beyond our knowledge", but he does do things that are definitely evil. If I were to drown many people, make then suffer through plagues, famines and droughts, kill their first born, burn two cities because every man was a gay rapist, have children be mauled by she-bears, didn't try to save someone who didn't know of my existence or even I'd be considered either insane of freaking evil.
Need more? Lets go back to 300 BC or so and to ancient Greece. The Philosopher Epicurus listed a series of questions that is known as "the problem of evil": "If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to, then He is not omnipotent. If He is able, but not willing, then He is malevolent. If He is both able and willing, when whence cometh evil. If He is neither able nor willing, then why call Him God?" That means it is impossible for God to be good and willing to stop evil.
He is omnipotent, that means anything can do is effortless. Why not create a world where evil is just a choice? He is omniscient, so he can tell whether someone is currently good or bad and will become good or bad. There is no reason to "test us" as he has the literal foresight.
God will have us wage war on ourselves and not show up to say there is one true religion, this is it, then it wouldn't be affecting free will, it would be giving a more informed choice. If God himself told the world he existed and Christianity was true, I won't want to go to Heaven and worship him because he does not deserve it!
Explain to me how infinite punishment is befitting for a finite crime, one even so simple as "not believing". That isn't a good thing. Anyone sent to Hell wouldn't learn anything as they are continuously tortured for the next trillion years. Tell me why I'd burn for not being stupid enough to believe, and I quote, a man was stricken with illness, lost all his possessions, animals and children and was in the wrong for challenging God, despite being a loyal follower and tried to remain loyal despite all the pain he went through. News flash, that was Job!