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« on: May 05, 2006, 10:39:52 PM »

> Thanks for your response.
> I also read your paper about the Origin of Sin and
> evil and that God created evil. I'm very disturbed.
> The whole concept of evil is overwhelming. I read
> alot of theories on the origin of evil. Below are
> some writings from the Greek philosopher Epicurus (ca.
> 341-270 B.C.E.) for your contemplation. I'd also like
> to understand if we are mere mortals and not immortal,
> is there life with God after death?
> Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
> Then he is not omnipotent.
> Is he able, but not willing?
> Then he is malevolent.
> Is he both able and willing?
> Then whence cometh evil?
> Is he neither able nor willing?
> Then why call him God?
> -- Epicurus, quoted from a personal lett er from [name
> withheld] to Cliff Walker, (July 9, 2001)
> Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; Or he
> can, but does not want to; Or he cannot and does not
> want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent.
> If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. But, if
> God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come
> evil is in the world?
> -- Epicurus (attributed: source unknown)
> Grow accustomed to the belief that death is nothing to
> us, since every good and evil lie in sensation.
> However, death is the deprivation of sensation.
> Therefore, correct understanding that death is nothing
> to us makes a mortal life enjoyable, not by adding an
> endless span of time but by taking away the longing
> for immortality. For there is nothing dreadful in life
> for the man who has truly comprehended that there is
> nothing terrible in not living. Therefore, foolish is
> the man who says that he fears death, not because it
> will cause pain when it arrives but because
> anticipation of it is painful. What is no trouble when
> it arrives is an idle worry in anticipation. Death,
> therefore -- the most dreadful of evils -- is nothing
> to us, since while we exist, death is not present, and
> whenever death is present, we do not exist. It is
> nothing either to the living or the dead, since it
> does not exist for the living, and the dead no longer
> are.
 -- Epicurus (attributed: source unknown)

Is there life after death?

Thank you again.
God Bless.

Dear Grace:

I have already "contemplated" the many foolish and unscriptural heresies of the heretics and ancients. I have no desire to continue doing so for the rest of my life. If you would be read the papers on my site and look up all the Scriptures I give concerning each topic, you would not be wasting your time either with all this nonsense.

God be with you,

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