With all due respect to the cleveland kidnap victims, heaven stood by idly for
ten years as they were held captive and tortured. Is this the manifest love of
an all powerful deity?
Hutterite. How do you know heaven stood idly by for ten years. Why was
Elizabeth Smart missing for nine months. Where is Susan Powell? Why don't
you ask deity. Or better yet, read the scriptures. You might find some
I love how people of faith are so biased with their superstition. Whenever
something good happens, credit goes to god. When something bad happens, they
blame satan or say it is a person's own free agency. God can
never lose, except in the Old Testament he at least admits to all of the
negative stuff he "does."
Hutterite, these girls understand that God has a plan for them you obviously
don't. In order for us to exercise our free will/agency, God cannot
intervene in every decision we make on earth. Their kidnapper exercised his
agency by choosing his evil ways. The girls chose to stay close to their faith
and prayers, which I believe ultimately lead to their rescue & their
kidnapper's capture. All justice will be taken care of when we all meet our
maker. If God stopped every catastrophe, every crime, every horrible thing that
happens when others exercise their free will and choice, then what are we here
for? We are to exercise our ability to choose by choosing good. Yes, Ron, God
does get the credit when things are good, and satan gets the blame when things
are bad. All good comes from God - there is no denying that. Best you read your
scriptures before quoting them. Even when God's own son was tortured &
killed, He did not intervene or we all could not enjoy FREEDOM. This is what it
is all about - free will, choice & accountability. Since time began, many
have died for it! Enjoy your free gift!
To "Hutterite" you are only looking at half things. This is a testament
to the power and misery that those who follow Satan will inflict. This event
shows that while God loves us, Satan hates us and desires us to be miserable.
While they lived in miserable circumstances, the testamony that those women can
give against their captors will ensure that their captors will not be living
with God (unless there is some huge repentance going on).
Problem with those critical of God and religion is that they take some very
complex issues and dismiss them with simplistic reasoning: "If God is
all-powerful, how come he can't stop the evil?" "If God is all
loving, why does he allow us to suffer?" These are not new questions;
they've been around since the beginning of time. But then, maybe it takes
too much effort to study, pray, try out the "word" to see if it's
true (John 8:32-33), and take a leap of faith.We are here to learn from
our experience, and if the three kidnap victims choose to rebuild a life of
faith after such a horrific 10 years, more power to them!