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God works through both supernatural and ordinary means.
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It doesn't matter. God doesn't just use religious people. The whole world is his to use.

If you go to a hospital and the treatment is successful, you can thank God for healing you - he healed you through the doctors and staff. It's the same principle.
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While that's not how I see how the world works (more science for me), I respect that, because it's your belief. (Everyone should anyhow). :)
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If the treatment is unsuccessful does God get any of the blame?
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No, he didn't get blamed for a flawed creation
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I can see why you'd ask that (but I think you can take a guess at what my answer will be).

My answer is no, it wouldn't make sense to blame God for something not turning out how we want. Whatever happens to us, both good and bad, is part of God's perfect plan, and he doesn't make wrong decisions.

That might sound like a double standard (to thank God for good things, but not to blame him for bad things), but the way I think of it is that God isn't under any obligation to us - especially since we are sinners, and disobey his reasonable rules for our lives.

The way I see it is this: if bad things happen, God hasn't let us down; but if good things happen, it's like God has given us an unexpected bonus we didn't deserve.

It's a hard topic, though. It's always easy to talk about "why bad things happen" on a theoretical level, without giving weight to the real difficulties of suffering that people endure. If people have difficulty acknowledging that God makes good decisions when they're experiencing great suffering, I'm not in a position to judge them.

I hope that makes sense.
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God punished the nation of Israel by means of the nation of Assyria (pagan) and again later through Babylon (pagan). God used the pagan nation of Rome in order to accomplish the greatest miracle of all, salvation. God continues to work through means today.
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O rilly? What about heathen doctors healing people?
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It's the same principle. It doesn't matter whether the doctors have religious beliefs or not. God can use anything or anyone in his creation as an instrument to accomplish his purposes.
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really i guess the bibles lies about free will
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I'm not sure why you would say that.
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if god uses us how do we have free will you just said god uses the whole world aka the people so when you do something and someone says thank god and you try to refute that the person says god sent you to me does that mean he took over my free will and forced me to help you
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I don't believe we have the kind of "free will" that can choose something opposite to what God has decided will happen.

I think our choices matter, and have consequences, and we will be judged by God for the choices we make. I also believe that God has a purpose for how events in the universe unfold, and that he always achieves that purpose.
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Please explain rapist bill Clinton and his popularity as god's will
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I don't feel any burden to explain how God runs the universe. Even if I did, I don't have the wisdom to do so.
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And now through the U.S. Mint
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Just imagine the shoe is on the other foot. Imagine your church (or any church) helps rebuild a home destroyed by a tornado, and the homeowner says "praise be to Allah, for sending these people to rebuild my house!" Wouldn't you feel just a tiny bit annoyed?
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I'm not sure. Maybe I would. It would seem strange to get annoyed at someone for thinking consistently in line with their beliefs and values, but on the other hand I sometimes get annoyed about stranger things than that.

But if the person made a FB post like that I don't see how it would be awkward. It's just two people seeing the same situation differently.
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This is one of those scenarios where it's difficult to know whether the answer I give to the question would be fully honest or not (in general, people seem to have a tendency to only answer hypothetical questions in ways that are in line with the point they're trying to get across). I don't really know how I'd behave.

But let me ask you this: in your view, if I did get offended about that, would I be right to do so?

Because I think that's the issue I'm having with this meme - that it's making it sound like we should see it as an awkward situation when people have different beliefs. I don't think that's always true.
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Why couldn't he post that a very generous friend helped him?
Give credit where credit is due!
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his friend is god!
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LoL
I have heard "what a friend we have in Jesus" so his friend must be Hispanic?
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If got made this guy give money, why is God making so many preachers steal money?
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This is why I'm never give money to people
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