God created us, but we are like children that are prone to misbehave. I love my kids, but sometimes they do things I don't like. But my love for them is like God's love for all of us-it's unconditional. Because it is unconditional, we are allowed to make choices in how we live. A baby is not born to be a murderer, rapist, or child molester. This type of behavior is learned, but it is not written in stone that we have to adopt all the behaviors we are exposed to. Therefore, we are able to decide on our own which behaviors are good or bad. God, like any good father, tries to help us pick the right and good way to live, but there are distractions that are evil in nature, and appeal to our baser instincts. That creates the fine line-one which can be crossed so effortessly to the evil side. It is a fact that most crimes against people are motivated by the use and abuse of drugs. But there is also the emotions-anger, jealousy, fear, ego. They can be very powerful and persuasive in commiting a horrible act, it can happen before you know it, then the line is crossed-no going back.<quoted text>
Well said, and I agree with most of what you said. I don't consider myself religious either and I used to be totally pro death penalty. Then I went to a Catholic high school and got all confused! There are a few things I agree with in Catholicism but disagree am still confused with a lot of it. I guess I'm trying to be rational and come up with a solution so I can stop racking my brain with this. But I guess there will never be a solution that will make everyone happy, like you said, you just have to believe what you feel is pest for your peace of mind.
I'm not sure if you, or anyone, can answer this, but if God created us, why did he create murderers, rapists, etc.?
But too many times God gets the blame for all the bad things that happen in the world. On occassion some folks will blame satan, or aliens from outer space. I know many people ask how God could have allowed 911 happen? God didn't plan 911, He didn't prepare the 911 attack, and He didn't fly those planes into the ground or buildings. Stop and think. If God is as powerful as He claims to be, why would He use a 911 event to make a point? He has the power to cause great earthquakes that could break a large portion off the state of California and plunge it into the Pacific Ocean, killing hundreds of thousands in the blink of an eye.
No Nicole, we are our own worst enemies. We don't listen to the inner spirit much anymore. Too bad more people like you don't start the search as soon as you did. We are only passing through-why not make it a good trip?