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Waldo P. Schmeer

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As I am rapidly approaching my 40s, I have had a lot of those little realizations you get around this time of life. And one of the ones that has hit me the hardest is that by now, I can´t really expect a lot of positive life changes.
What I am referring to is like when you´re young and you can look forward to driving or your first apartment or first car, etc. By now, none of that is new. And realistically, I am in a point in my life that the only life changes I have ahead of me are huge and depressing life altering ones. Like I still have both my parents by this point, but they are really up there in years. And they´re never in good health. So there is always that looming around the corner.

But this also extends to other aspects of life. Like at this point, I couldn´t go back to school and start a new career and field. I hate when people say ¨Oh, you can go back to school at ANY age!¨. You can. But after a certain point in life, its all just all a novelty because of your age. You´re not going into any field to do anything significant or have a great budding career to look forward to.

Everyday you lose more and more ground on positive life changing events the further you get. Like the likelihood of having a kid or getting married becomes harder the more set in your ways you are. And we´re supposed to believe that life is a ¨beautiful journey¨? Why? Because we have 2-3 good memories to fall back on that we experienced in blissful ignorant youth? It seems cruel to me, more than anything. Its like going to a funhouse in a carnival. A really big fun colorful funhouse. But like the first 2 minutes are fun and entertaining. But the other 8 minutes of the funhouse are just drab and the further you get into it, the less and less you can do or enjoy. And then when you are done, people say ¨wasn´t SOME of that fun?¨

Nothing ever makes sense. I don´t care how much people try to respond to this and say things like ¨everything has a purpose¨. Its just a meaningless platitude that people use when they can´t explain things. This is just all collected chaos. There is no one driving it. And if you´re a person who chooses to believe in a higher power, then a higher power must not have it all together. Just the other day some psycho plowed through a parade and killed 5 people who were doing nothing more than attending a parade. That really makes sense.

THE TYPICAL REBUTTAL:
¨Oh, that has nothing to do with God. Those were the actions of that individual man¨

EXCEPT:
Except when something good happens, we give praise and grace to a higher power.

CONCLUSION:
If something good happens, God did it.
If something bad happens, God didn´t do it.

We just try and try in vain to try to rationalize this harmony of dissonance we live in. This order of chaos. This collection of coincidental mayhem.

Like if we all got a chance outside of life to do it all again, who would choose to do it again? Who´d be crazy enough to say ¨Yea, let me jump back into this plane of existence where the longer you´re there, the more it sucks and the less things can be explained and the less they make sense.¨ No one who is realistic, that´s who.

Just an observation.
 

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In the Old Testament, God’s anger repeatedly burns against his people for their disobedience. At times, the punishment dispensed seems particularly harsh, unjust, and disproportionate.
 

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but remember it was God who delivered the israelites out of Egypt and the Israelites swore allegiance to this God. God's anger only blazed when they strayed from worshipping him hmmmmm
 

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In the Old Testament, God’s anger repeatedly burns against his people for their disobedience. At times, the punishment dispensed seems particularly harsh, unjust, and disproportionate.
I agree with this. To me, Old Testament or New Testament. Its all the same to me.

For instance: Let's say that I help my brothers and sister. Lets say that I live a live that people can emulate in terms of caring for each other. I help the downtrodden and I give my shirt off my back. I live my whole life loving and caring for other people. But at the end of the day, I cursed and ate meat on Tuesdays or Fridays or whatever the magic date is. I go to hell, right?

Or I can live the kind of life where debauchery is 6 days a week. I lie, cheat, steal, and do anything I can to step over others to get by. I hurt people unnecessarily. I break every rule in the book. But every Sunday, I go to specific building of worship and I "repent". Then I am home safe.

I am not a parent, but I can guarantee you that if I was, I wouldn't let my child suffer even if they act up from time to time. Can you imagine that? A fire breaks out in my house, and I go to my child's room and say "You didn't listen to me or do your homework, so you perish in this fire little buddy. Forever".

This is what is being sold to people. And it doesn't sound like an all powerful benevolent god. It sounds like a power hungry maniac child who is fueled by adoration and acceptance.

And my comments are not even directed towards whatever the idea of "God" is. It is directed at what mankind has done with that idea.
 

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At the end of the day it's our minds. Can God blame us if we don't believe in him? why would we be at fault for having lack of faith, don't you think it's God who came up short after all we're just human.
 

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And my comments are not even directed towards whatever the idea of "God" is. It is directed at what mankind has done with that idea.
For me religion is a personal experience rather than a group activity. I don't want to say too much because any discussion about organised religion tends to only go one way and I'm actually quite enjoying my evening. :)
 

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For me religion is a personal experience rather than a group activity. I don't want to say too much because any discussion about organised religion tends to only go one way and I'm actually quite enjoying my evening. :)
I agree with this. For me, it has always been a personal experience too. I like the fact that different people can find their own comforts. I wish more people in this world were accepting of that.
 

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The word 'evil' here refers to 'calamity' or 'misfortune' not moral evil. Sometimes people believed that other gods had caused calamity so it's clarifying that Jehovah is sovereign.
KJV is so 😬
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.
Isaiah 45:7 NIV
The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing peace and creating disaster; I am the Lord who does all these things.
Isaiah 45:7 AMP
 

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RE: Original Post: Well, when I was your age I was thinking the same thing, although I wanted to go and explore quite a few places. Now I've done that. So, I'm like okay.... I'm done. However, I just started a new phase in my life. I'm even more of a ghost then I was before. I have even less responsibilities. It's nice. But, yeah, it's not really exciting.

Others also told me when I was 40 that I should start a new career. It works if it's something simple. But, I wanted to go into electrical engineering. There's no way the pay off would have been worth all the time and effort to get to a mid-level position. However, I'm still thinking about taking some advanced classes in chemistry for fun.
 

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