No probs - I do it myself sometimes.I may have misportrayed- not meaning to.
Yet from this collection of good, bad and ugly - we're supposed to select what's good? In other words those who look to the Bible for their morals are actually getting them from within themselves, as they sift out what they feel are the bad bits.I do believe that the Bible is the word of God- as recorded by people He chose. That it is the recorded history of the good the bad and the ugly.
I think it depends on which books you're reading:But I believe that people ourselves caused the ugly things to happen , by our lack of seeing a biger picture than what was in front of us (them).
Daniel tells us that bad things happen because of forces (beasts) opposed to God and his followers. The *righteous*(I use that word loosely) behaviour of God's followers leads to their persecution and suffering. This is in Daniel 7:18 & 7:27.
However Amos 3-5 tells it differently.
Here we read that bad things happen because it's caused by God on the people who have broken his rules.
So, a quick recap here and you'll see that in Daniel it's God's enemies who cause bad things to happen and in Amos it's God himself who causes it.
What does Daniel have to say about how suffering ends?
Well, Daniel says it will end very soon when God destroys the evil that's at large and leaves the way clear for his kingdom to be created.
What does Amos say about how the suffering ends?
Amos doesn't say it will end soon. All he says is that it will be at some point in the future and will be when the people repent.
In Daniel suffering is to end very soon when God's personally intervenes and destroys the evil forces that are arrayed against him.
In Amos it's none of that and suffering will end when the people return to God.
Commendable and a fair point. Although no religion is required, which may be why you don't mention it.Helping people is in my nature- Long before I openly spoke of God ... it became what I did - possibly starting out of fear of people...and wanting to be good so no one would hurt me again.
As I matured- it came from a heart of service out of joy that I had in my heart. Anything I do to the positive- does make me feel good- because I am human- but that is not my motivator.
I guess I just don't see how altruism is dependent on accepting yours or any other deity. Bob Geldof is a well known non-believer and he has achieved great things in the field of helping people.God doesn't love me less when I am in a season of 'self' and laziness. Accepting God truly--- does spark your heart for others, maybe due to being released from the pressures which were previously keeping us heavy. It just comes from a desire to share.