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God not liking people?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Eddi, Jan 22, 2022.

  1. Eddi

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    Can God not like you even if you follow all his commandments and live as he wants you to live?

    And even if you fully believe in him and accept him as your Lord?

    I mean, can God take a dislike to certain individuals?

    And if he doesn't like you does that determine what happens to you in the afterlife?

    I mean, can you be a (for instance) perfect Christian but still end up in Hell because God doesn't like you?
     
  2. Brickjectivity

    Brickjectivity Turned to Stone. Now I stretch daily.
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    To me it depends upon what God is. We feel like God hates us when the world does or when there is pain or failure. When a loved one dies we wonder about this, too. Have you heard of Parkinson's Disease? Its got to be one of the worst ways to die, pulling a person apart over a period of years both physically and mentally. I cannot imagine God being personal, because such a personal God is surely vindictive to me. But that is just my opinion. A lot of people feel God is both personal and nonpersonal. Its like God is a quantum particle to them or something, neither here nor there but both. Some feel God is 100% personal but also not the cause of suffering but also the creator. There are a lot of different points of view, and so its up to me to decide what makes sense to me. I say nonpersonal, not truly like us in the ways we prefer, not able to feel pain or suffer loss, neither hating nor loving in the human sense of hate or love. More of a generally loving kind of God, just overall good will but not all that interested in whether I get a job or have a great relationship or whether I die.

    But that may not be all. I think love does exist and independently of the human concept. I think its got a higher analogue.
     
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  3. Secret Chief

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    He doesn't like people with bad taste in music.
     
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  4. Brickjectivity

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    They are very unfortunate, but that seems more like bad luck than ill humor.
     
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    He/She/It/They seems to harbor a special animosity for people attracted to same-sex partners.
     
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  7. viole

    viole Ontological Naturalist
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    If I were God, the ones uncritically worshipping me, would be exactly the people I dislike most.

    Ciao

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  8. Hermit Philosopher

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    Dear Eddi,

    People like/dislike things, feelings, situations, actions, individuals, etc., but it may not make great sense to think in terms of “like/dislike” regarding the Divine.

    Each individual is the only one able to experience their particular take on the unique circumstances they were born into. Those circumstances are the results of the actions/choices of their predecessors, but only they themselves can choose what to do with those circumstances going forward. Experiencing the effects of one’s choices, is part of experiencing one’s unique part in the whole.

    One could say that God has “love” for every experience in the whole, because it is of value in its own right. This is not the same as claiming that everything is “liked” in the way that a person likes/dislikes things. And, it is different to saying that things are “good/bad” also.

    Most of whom have experienced the Divine (or Its perspective) speak instead of all being “as it should”. That, I think is a closer description of this aspect.

    It is not that you are good or bad, nor that you are liked or disliked, but that your unique circumstance, approach, perspective and outcome is of absolute value to God and that they therefore have love for it.


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  9. JustGeorge

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    I would imagine it depends on the God...

    Not all of them seem to. Most seem indifferent, and a few actually have such attractions themselves.

    I think this is a case of 'those who speak the loudest'....
     
  10. Seeker of White Light

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    Why do you feel God would not like someone? If you live exactly as God ask of you, you are pleasing God.

    God forgive past sins if you live according to the teaching now.
     
  11. sun rise

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    The OP postulates a God separate from creation - a viewpoint I don't share.
     
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    I think it's possible for the Christian God to hate someone. For example, the Bible says that God hated Esau (Malachi 1:3). Besides the example of Esau, is it not reprehensible of the Christian God to turn a blind eye to the Holocaust and do nothing to intervene?

    Is it not despicable of the Christian God to turn a blind eye to all the children who are starving to death, or turn a blind eye to the children who are/were raped by Catholic priests, or turn a blind eye to the children who are molested or raped by someone they know? Is it not despicable of the Christian God to turn a blind eye to the children who are severely abused by their parents, or turn a blind eye to the children who are kidnapped and murdered, or turn a blind eye to the children who are killed in gang violence?

    Is it not repulsive of the Christian God to turn a blind eye to the people who are murdered in cold blood, or turn a blind eye to the people who die of a disease or deadly virus, or turn a blind eye to the women who are raped, abused or murdered, or turn a blind eye to the people who are starving to death around the world? For the record, the Bible is chocked full of horrific stories of God's abhorrent behavior towards mankind. I'm confident that most Christians (and other theists) will immediately fall back on the claim of man's freewill in an attempt to defend God's lack of compassion and his obvious indifference towards the suffering of humanity.
     
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    Bible tells eternal life is a gift for righteous. It doesn't give any other conditions for the gift.

    These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
    Mat. 25:46

    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 6:23
     
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    In my view, God is above such ideas as liking or disliking. But, to me, God is everything, so how can God dislike himself?
     
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