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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2008, 08:08:05 PM »
but to your question about bad things that  you think had happen to good people like you,

dont take it as bad, it may be for a good and start doing good things..
sometimes what we consider bad for now, may actually  be good for tomorrow, many would have faced this in their life.

I don't feel I am "good people".  I try my best to do right and help others when I have the means... with the help of God.  If I thought I was good people then I'm afraid I would not try as hard... thinking I am already "good enough". 

I do like your view of how bad things today may actually be good for the future (and many would not see it this way at the time).  I've had my share of bad in the past and I'm confident I would not be the same person today without them. 

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2008, 08:50:37 PM »
From the Tao te Ching:

Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.

Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.

There's also a chinese story that I'd like to share.

"There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"

Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?"

I believe I've read a similar parable in the Quran, but cannot find it.  Our ideals and expectations tell us if something is good or bad... Does a baby know that losing $20 000 is a bad thing? No, of course not. We all have thoughts on what should and shouldn't happen, what is good and what is bad. Yet, all these things are just that, thoughts. They are lenses through which we experience reality, and to mistake these lenses for reality is what causes problems.  Of course, understanding this, you may attempt to rid yourself of expectations and ideals. However, this too is also an ideal. It is the attempt to rid yourself of bad in a different form. Sometimes you just need to surrender :giveup:, and surrendering is not something you can try to do, it is something that happens. What is 'you'?

Jaques:
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.


As You Like It Act 2, scene 7, 139?143

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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2008, 08:51:29 AM »
Peace, Wakas

To remove evil acts, as I have been saying, would mean we must also remove logic (in the world) and free-choice (in people).
If we did remove these things, this life/test becomes invalid/pointless

Let me a comment.

Free choice. The explanation of evil acts because of the free choice is the usual explanation given by Catholicism, I see that it is the same in Islam, but I don't find it as an answer, because it neither justifies the unfairness suffered by many, nor clarifies the God's aquiescence.

Logic, what does it have to do with evil acts?

The test. If life is a test, and some people fail it by commiting evil acts against others, what about those others? You say regarding this 
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there must be a counter-balance to the equation. Something which sets it right... this is where God comes in.
could you give an example of what you mean here?
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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2008, 05:40:16 PM »
peace sister Elena,

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but I don't find it as an answer, because it neither justifies the unfairness suffered by many, nor clarifies the God's aquiescence.

I never said it justifies it, it simply explains it, i.e. puts it in its place in the bigger picture. If one stands up close to a painting, it might look odd, like patches or blobs of paint and it doesn't make sense, it is only when you take a step back to take in the bigger picture, you realise the shades, the blobs, the dark shadows etc are necessary.

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Logic, what does it have to do with evil acts?

Logic has everything to do with it. It is impossible to remove "evil acts" from free choice and still have the world make sense. This is a crucial point to understand. Simply think of real word situations.

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could you give an example of what you mean here?

What I meant by "counter-balance in the equation", is there must be a correcting mechanism. However, my answer is only applicable if one believes in God. If one doesn't believe in God, then the thought of no correcting mechanism will be more difficult to digest. When the day or requital/obligation is held, the accounts will be settled, we will be paid in full for our deeds, and there will be no injustice. This is what al quran says.
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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2008, 02:48:14 AM »
Peace back, Wakas

yes, yes, I understand your points if I see them from your perspective, except, perhaps, the logic point, but never mind, I can move on from the logic thing.

I meant, ok, the reason is the free choice... and? What does that explain about the God's consent? God still allows it, so, it is not explanatory, we are at the same starting point!

If you find any other answer, please, let me/us know, I see you continue studying.



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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2008, 12:27:44 PM »
Peace,
I did discuss this before. Please see http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=15872.msg155441#msg155441 GOD Bless!
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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2008, 03:55:10 PM »
peace sister Elena,

I only saw your post yesterday, sorry.

If I understand you correctly, your point of contention is that bad things happen and God allows them to happen, and this is a problem.

Firstly, the above position/point already assumes God exists. And you're right it would be a problem IF God did not correct this situation. However, we are told in AQ, God does correct this on the day of requital/obligation/due when our deeds are repaid. There is no injustice when the story is completed.

If I may try an analogy... if you were an observer watching me standing over two hungry children fighting over a piece of bread, and I stopped them and took the piece of bread from them and you paused the scene right there and began to draw conclusions on what happened and if it was fair or not, you might think I took the bread for myself (i.e. something unfair) or something else... however, if you unpaused it and let the story complete, you may see me break the bread into two equal portions and return it to the children, each with their own share.
Thus, if we go back to the original point, you are making your judgement on God as being unfair only halfway through the story. As I said before, if God exists, like your point of contention assumes, we should remember that this life is only part of the story, and there will be no injustice once the story is complete.

I hope this was of help.
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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #27 on: February 26, 2008, 09:18:29 PM »
Nice analogy bro.
And you see the mountains, you think they are solid, while they are passing by like the clouds. The making of God who perfected everything. He is Expert over what you do. [27:88]

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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #28 on: March 11, 2008, 12:35:43 AM »
Peace  jonny_k,
thanks for the link.

Peace Wakas
it's ok, it's me who is late!

I agree with Tay, nice analogy, and clear. Nothing to oppose really, you trust on that end, when the story is completed, because of AQ.
I see that end as a hope (of yours) not as something real. But I understand your approach.

Thanks for the answers!
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Re: What about all the bad things that happen?
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2008, 11:18:06 AM »
peace elena,

I'm not sure if I would say I believe it soley because of AQ but partly because of it.

Also, of course it is not real, i.e. a fact (as this would invalidate this life/test), you used the word hope, AQ uses the term 'iman' meaning 'trust/belief'.
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