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Who Is God? And Why Does He Allow Suffering?

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12/27/2015 9:40:59 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
1. Does God have a name?

In my opinion God's name is not the most important thing. What's more important is the way we conduct our lives. However The Creator has given us a name to call him by, thus providing a method to talk to God in a more personal manner.

Although God has many titles, he has only one name. In each language, it is pronounced differently. In English it is usually pronounced "Jehovah." But some people pronounce it "Yahweh." (Psalm 83:18)

God"s name has been taken out of many Bibles and replaced with the titles Lord or God. But when the Bible was written, it contained God"s name some 7,000 times. Jesus made God"s name known when he taught people about God. (John 17:26)

2. What is God like?

God is love. He cares about us all deeply and wishes that not one of us take the path of destruction. (Peter 3:9) We can discern God"s personality from the things he has created and the emotions we possess. For instance, the variety of fruits, flowers and animals, the beautiful landscapes and the warm sun that accompanies them. Joyful tears, love, kindness, compassion etc etc tells us of his love and wisdom. The size of the universe tells us of his power. (Romans 1:20) Jehovah knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows exactly how many hairs we have on our head. (Luke 12:7)

Jehovah creates rules not for his own benefit, but for ours. If we follow the rules outlined in the Bible. It helps to prevent us from experiencing the pain and darkness of this temporary system of things.

We can learn even more about God"s personality by reading the Bible. For example, it tells us what God likes and what he does not like, how he treats people, and how he reacts in different situations. (Psalm 103:7-10)

3. How can we draw closer to God?

In-order to draw close to the creator of the universe. We need to try and show Love, Honour, Dignity, Loyalty, Humility, Integrity, and most importantly help out your fellow humans.

Jehovah invites us to draw close to him by speaking to him in prayer. He is interested in us individually. (Psalm 65:2; 145:18) He is willing to forgive. He recognizes our efforts to please him, even if we sometimes fail. So despite our imperfection, we really can enjoy a close relationship with God. (Psalm 103:12-14, James 4:8)

4. Why does God Allow Suffering?

All of Jehovah"s works are perfect; he is not the author of unrighteousness; so he did not create anyone wicked. (Deut. 32:4, Ps. 5:4) The one who became Satan was originally a perfect spirit son of God. When saying that the Devil "did not stand fast in the truth," Jesus indicated that at one time that one was "in the truth." (John 8:44) But, as is true of all of God"s intelligent creatures, this spirit son was endowed with free will. He abused his freedom of choice, allowed feelings of self-importance to develop in his heart, began to crave worship that belonged only to God, and so enticed Adam and Eve to listen to him rather than obey God. Thus by his course of action he made himself Satan, which means "adversary." (Jas. 1:14, 15)

Why did not God destroy Satan promptly after he rebelled?

Serious issues were raised by Satan: (1) The righteousness and rightfulness of Jehovah"s sovereignty. Was Jehovah withholding from mankind freedom that would contribute to their happiness? Were mankind"s ability to govern their affairs successfully and their continued life truly dependent on their obedience to God? Had Jehovah been dishonest in giving a law that stated that disobedience would lead to their death? (Gen. 2:16, 17, 3:3-5) So, did Jehovah really have the right to rule? (2) The integrity of intelligent creatures toward Jehovah. By the deflection of Adam and Eve the question was raised: Did Jehovah"s servants really obey him out of love or might all of them abandon God and follow the lead being given by Satan? This latter issue was further developed by Satan in the days of Job. (Gen. 3:6, Job 1:8-11, 2:3-5 see also Luke 22:31) These issues could not be settled by merely executing the rebels.

5. Is the end of the world really near?

THE BIBLE"S ANSWER: "When you see these things occurring, know that the kingdom of God is near." (LUKE 21:31)

The Bible prophets were inspired by God to describe conditions that would indicate an imminent end of the world. Consider some of those prophecies and decide for yourself whether they are being fulfilled in our time.

Wars, famines, earthquakes, and epidemics of deadly disease. (Matthew 24:7, Luke 21:11)

Significant increase in crime. (Matthew 24:12)

The ruining of the earth by mankind. (Revelation 11:18)

People who love themselves, money, and pleasures but do not love God. (2 Timothy 3:2, 4)

The breakdown of the family. (2 Timothy 3:2, 3)

General apathy toward the evidence of the approaching end. (Matthew 24:37-39)

The preaching of the good news of God"s Kingdom worldwide. (Matthew 24:14)


As Jesus said, seeing "all these things" lets us know that the end of the world is near. (Matthew 24:33) Jehovah"s Witnesses believe that the evidence is convincing, and they share their faith with others by preaching in 236 lands.

6. What happens at the end of the world?

THE BIBLE"S ANSWER: "The world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever." (1 John 2:17)

"The world" that is to pass away is, not the earth, but the world of mankind whose lives are not in harmony with God"s will. Just as a surgeon might remove a cancerous tumor to save a patient"s life, God will "cut off" the wicked so that good people can truly enjoy life on earth. (Psalm 37:9) In that sense, "the end of the world" is a good thing.

Jesus called that future period "the renewal of all things." At that time, he will restore humanity to the conditions that God originally intended. (Matthew 19:28) We will then enjoy

A paradise earth with security and prosperity for all. (Isaiah 35:1 Micah 4:4)

Work that is meaningful and satisfying. (Isaiah 65:21-23)

The curing of all disease. (Isaiah 33:24)

The reversal of aging. (Job 33:25)

The resurrection of the dead. (John 5:28, 29)


If we do "the will of God," what he asks of us, we need not fear the end of the world. Instead, we can look forward to it.

7. Conclusion

We must try our best to help out our fellow humans and to love God as Jesus commanded.

We need to try and avoid harmful practices such as:
sexual immorality, greed, arrogance, hatred, selfishness, anger etc etc

Save your naughty side for the bedroom with someone you love.

Greed has crumbled entire empires, how more so can it destroy individuals.

Arrogance is a ugly trait and is often used to compensate for lacking confidence or inner-peace. The most respected and talented people are often the most humble.

Hatred is a horrible trait and leads to nothing good. We must look for the goodness in people and understand we all have feelings, and we're all victims of imperfections that cause us to act in unreasonable ways from time to time.

Selfishness is a lack of love for people. And although in this evil world it can feel like everyone is a backstabbing traitor and the best course of action is to take care of yourself and forget everyone else. We must fight the urge to lose confidence in all human-kind and realize there are loving, awesome people out there who need our help.

Anger is another undesirable trait that solves nothing, and causes unnecessary stress. Passion is a different matter and is admirable.

We must try and promote values of righteousness including:
Love, Honour, Dignity, Loyalty, Humility, Integrity, and most importantly help out your fellow humans.
(Matthew 24:14:) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

The Kingdom message is reaching all corners of the globe. In 2010 alone, Jehovah"s Witnesses spent over 1.6 billion hours proclaiming this good news in 236 lands. Over the past decade, they have produced and distributed more than 20 billion items of literature.

https://www.jw.org...
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12/29/2015 2:20:26 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/27/2015 10:11:51 PM, janesix wrote:
God is the living universe.
Suffering is allowed because individuals have free will.

Yes.. Free will is a double edged sword.
(Matthew 24:14:) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

The Kingdom message is reaching all corners of the globe. In 2010 alone, Jehovah"s Witnesses spent over 1.6 billion hours proclaiming this good news in 236 lands. Over the past decade, they have produced and distributed more than 20 billion items of literature.

https://www.jw.org...
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12/29/2015 4:57:33 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/27/2015 9:40:59 PM, Joshua_Verum wrote:
1. Does God have a name?


No. Once you name your god, he is NOT our Creator "I Am Who I Am". Now in the past God allowed, or actually gave man a few references to help man to come closer to Him, but once He personally revealed Himself to Moses He made sure that His Children would not confuse Him with any other gods, which had different names. "I Am Who I Am" is to know God, not to be confused with all those gods with names. The Infinite, Eternal Creative Mind/Spirit is not a being, but the Ground of Being, no name could define Him, nor any name is needed to differentiate Him form other gods.

2. What is God like?


Like us man created in His Image, only perfect.
"All good things come from God", but of course man has deviated from God so much, that he now has a perverted view of what is good. He thinks if it's good for me, that's good. But God is good for all, and when He does something good, it is to benefit all. (This could mean that I would have to give up some of the goods I have, to benefit others.)

3. How can we draw closer to God?

First and foremost, it is to come to know who He is. We can do all the good in the world, but if we don't know God, who He is, how do we know which god we're doing it for?
A good example is Mother Teresa of the Catholic Church, she worked her hands to the bone in the worst places on earth, but for whom? It was for the Luciferian Catholic Church who have always worshipped a Deity who rules over mankind (for now anyways) from the supernatural realm. The Vatican built an observatory with telescope they named after their god LUCIFER here on Mt. Graham AZ. through which they keep an eye out for Lucifer's appearance and eagerly await for his arrival from the sun. (you can actually see a frightening 30 foot bronze and copper depiction of this at the Vatican, which the Popes sit in front of when addressing their loyal followers.

So don't be caught on Judgment Day hearing the words from our Lord: "Who are you, I tell you I don't know you? The field you been planting (with rosaries, idols of Mary and hundreds of other idols) and harvesting (making Catholics, JW's, Mormo worshippers, Trinitarians etc.) of other people is Lucifer's, go see what he has in store for you!? "

4. Why does God Allow Suffering?


Hey, if we wish to put our hands over the hot stove, and even teach our children to do the same, God is hoping that we learn it's not good and remove our hands from there. It's as simple as that. But instead, people go and sit on the stove, as if they had a death wish!? Just go and try to tell them: "NOooo, don't do that, you will burn your a_ss and hands to where you won't be able to function! (syphilis, AIDS, poverty, disease of all kinds) will overtake you!"
And how do they respond? "Get lost, don't judge, It's my life and I do as I want!"

Why did not God destroy Satan promptly after he rebelled?


He let His Angels handle him, and for now, they, .. lead by the mighty Angel Michael kick him and his loyal followers out of Heaven and cast them to earth. Here they rule the world from the supernatural realm, divining their twisted half-truths, and straight out lies to all those who would give them an ear.

5. Is the end of the world really near?

THE BIBLE"S ANSWER: "When you see these things occurring, know that the kingdom of God is near." (LUKE 21:31)


I agree.

Wars, famines, earthquakes, and epidemics of deadly disease. (Matthew 24:7, Luke 21:11)

Significant increase in crime. (Matthew 24:12)

The ruining of the earth by mankind. (Revelation 11:18)

People who love themselves, money, and pleasures but do not love God. (2 Timothy 3:2, 4)

The breakdown of the family. (2 Timothy 3:2, 3)

General apathy toward the evidence of the approaching end. (Matthew 24:37-39)

The preaching of the good news of God"s Kingdom worldwide. (Matthew 24:14)


As Jesus said, seeing "all these things" lets us know that the end of the world is near. (Matthew 24:33) Jehovah"s Witnesses believe that the evidence is convincing, and they share their faith with others by preaching in 236 lands.


Wonderful, and I'm sure the god Jehovah-Witness is pleased, along with the other religious gods like Mormo, Allah, the Sun-god, Lucifer, and let's not forget the plural deity Legion that rule over most of the Christian Religions.

6. What happens at the end of the world?

After all the tribulations yet to come, those of us who are still alive will see the Lord Jesus appear from the sky and descend to earth. While He is coming, those who have died in His service will be resurrected, and the grave will give them up, whether the sea, or land, it will give them up and they shall meet the Lord in the sky.

Those of us alive, will then be taken up with them, and we'll have a gathering with our King of kings and Lord of lords, then we come back down and rule with Him for a thousand years, over those still left alive here on earth. Satan will be locked up for this thousand years, so those people who have served him and refused to accept our Lord Jesus will take their swords and tanks and make plows and tractors out of them. With such love now ruling earth, even the animals will become tame, where the lion can be lead by a child, and have it lay down with the lamb.

We Believers (both who were dead and those of us who remained alive) will rule the world from the Holy City, where we'll go in and out of. Some of us will rule over ten cities, some just a few, but we'll have Jesus overlooking the progress.

Now after the thousand years, the Lord will release the Devil, that old serpent Lucifer, who will say: "Oh yea, free at last!" and he will gather all the nations and raise a mighty army, and plan a great war and come against us by surrounding the Holy city.

And then Our Lord and King will come out and say (from my perspective) "Oh please, .. away with you who love wickedness! Look how I have given you a thousand years to live in peace, no harm came to any of you, everyone benefited from your labor, no one went hungry, there was no enemy to fear. And just look at your children, laying with the lions and playing with the most dangerous serpents and scorpions, doesn't this please you? Thousand years, .. and look now, you come against us with the same guns and tanks that you turned into farm equipment, for what? Yes I know why, so you may rule with your god Lucifer, and be able to do all the wicked things you and your ancestors have done before. To kill, maim and torture. To sacrifice your children to him, this evil and wicked person Lucifer, cutting their little hearts out and drink their blood. To have dinner eating your own feces, to hear the cries of those who you torture.

Sigh, .... well enough! You are all like your father the devil, so off with you to a place I have prepared for him and his angels!"

And there shall be a cry of those millions and billions like never heard since the creation of the world as they will be cast into that outer darkness, that lake of torment where only weeping and gnashing of teeth is heard throughout eternity.

Then, we shall all go to Heaven in the presence of God and be there throughout eternity with our Lord and King sitting on the right hand (presence) of God.

Lastly, God will then melt this universe with an unquenchable fire where the very elements will be burnt up. And I tell you, I would not want to remain here in that Paradise on Earth, no matter how beautiful the children of darkness made it, if I were you.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is striking at the root. - Henry David Thoreau