Is praying about a problem better than doing something yourself to fix it?
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2) Think about it. God creates mankind (with sin included) and orders us not to sin. But our sins would prevent us from following said orders wouldn't they? Why not create us without sin instead of punishing us for something he gave us in the first place?
3) If he knows all things happen, and chooses not to prevent the bad things (such as cancer), then he is not all-benevolent. If he knows all things happen, and cannot prevent it, then he is not all-powerful. If he is unable to prevent it because he doesn't know of it, he is not all-seeing. So which is he?
4) I'm not at all saying that prayer is a bad thing. Feel free to pray if you want, no judgment. However, the question is: Is praying about a problem BETTER than doing something yourself to fix it? As in one or the other. And I believe the answer is no, simply because if you pray for a cancer patient to get better INSTEAD of taking them to get treatment, they will die. But if you take them to the hospital INSTEAD of just praying, they might get better. I don't think there's anything wrong with prayer + treatment. But if the question is asking which is better, the answer is with an or, not an and.
2) You are making a mistake. God did not create us with sin. He created us with free will, and we chose the path to sin. When Satan deceived Adam and Eve, the perfect representatives of the human race, they chose to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which opened their minds to both sides of the coin, if you will, and they understood how to sin. That embedded into them the desire to sin.
3) He is all-benevolent, but He wants us to come to Him for help. Sometimes He lets things happen that seem unjust, but everything is in His plan. He is all-powerful because He can prevent many things. In Genesis 18, Abraham asks God if He will spare Sodom and Gomorrah if He can find 100 righteous people, and the numbers go down until the number is one, and God can't find one righteous person(illustrating my point of OUR sin). He will prevent, but only if it is part of His plan. God is all-seeing because He can see and prevent(as I have already explained). He is all three characteristics you mentioned.
4) You make a valid point, but if you pray, circumstances might be better. For instance, one of my teachers had to have surgery, but they did not have the money. They prayed about it all week. The next week, a check with the exact amount needed was in the mail. Praying first might improve circumstances. God wants you to go to a hospital, but He wants you to pray first so He can help you.
(The topic is really not a good topic, by the way. It is a difficult question.)
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