Honor thy father and mother?

February 8th, 2007

Even if the father leaves his two-year-old daughter in the cold to freeze to death?

Or the mother gives her son a gun and sends him to kill another teen?

Nothing I know can explain behavior like this.

Evolution certainly wouldn’t lead us to killing our own children.

And what God would create creatures that could do such things?

The thought of that little girl dying alone in the cold makes me want to cry for her.

But the idea of a mother helping to destroy her own son’s life while encouraging the ending of another mother’s son’s life makes me want to cry for all of us.

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  • 1. Billiam  |  February 9th, 2007 at 8:55 am

    God created us, yet, He also gifted us, for better or worse, with choice. He also lets us face the consequences of our actions. These people will face justice. There child is now in God’s loving arms. Don’t blame God for what we fallen creatures do.

  • 2. Administrator  |  February 9th, 2007 at 10:37 am

    I like you Bill. And I don’t want to offend you (or any of the very religious folks who visit From Where I Sit), but I’ve never bought the argument that free will excuses God.

    Here’s why.

    If God is omniscient he knows everything that has happened and everything that will happen – including the acts every human being will perform in their lives from the moment of their creation.

    If He knows at the moment of my creation that I will become Hitler, then how is he not responsible for my actions? In fact, if God truly is omniscent and omnipotent, He is the only one who really does have free will. He can choose to not create (or uncreate) the souls that he knows will become evil.

    The only way free will can exist in a way that remove’s God’s responsibility from the equation is to believe that God is not omniscient. And I think few of my religioius friends believe that.

    That being said, it was never my intention to blame God for what these people did.

    My point was that nothing I understand about the world explains their actions.

  • 3. Billiam  |  February 9th, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Elliot, you can’t offend me. I often ponder these same questions. Yet, I won’t disavow my belief in God just because I don’t understand why evil happens, or how God can be all knowing, yet not stop evil. Although, if He didn’t leave us free to make our choices, we couldn’t freely choose Him or His son. We’d be little more than puppets. I’m at a loss of how people can do this to thier own kids. These stories have always caused me pain, as a child is something I’ve wished for, yet never been blessed with.

  • 4. Shanda  |  February 12th, 2007 at 6:58 am

    This story has haunted me all weekend. Everytime I think about that child left outside by herself to die it just makes my heart ache. I have cried so many times this weekend for her. He’s a monster, honor thy mother and father might be true, but not for him it isn’t. I hope they give him the death penalty. Better yet, lets leave him outside in 2 degree weather so he can die.

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