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Deferred posted a topic in Q & AI'm getting quite weary of hearing about the argument proposed by Atheists. 1) Santa/Odin Allfather is more real than God 2) Both cannot be proven "What proof is there that the Qu'ran is real?" 3) Believing in sky fairies is like believing in God 4) People don't follow Santa's rules and it is why they don't get presents. This draws on whether Science came before or after Islam, and if so give the proof? I've put forward his weak claims that border on delusional thinking* (this part was countered with assertions to his Santa argument) That Santa can be disproven with the investigation but I'm aware that I need help into providing a stronger argument.
Timothex posted a topic in General1. Does God have a name? Although God has many titles, he has only one name. In each language, it is pronounced differently. In English it is usually pronounced “Jehovah.” But some people pronounce it “Yahweh.” (Psalm 83:18) God’s name has been taken out of many Bibles and replaced with the titles Lord or God. But when the Bible was written, it contained God’s name some 7,000 times. Jesus made God’s name known when he taught people about God. (John 17:26) 2. What is God like? Jehovah is love. He cares about us all deeply and wishes that not one of us take the path of destruction. (Peter 3:9) We can discern God’s personality from the things he has created and the emotions we possess. For instance, the variety of fruits, flowers and animals, the beautiful landscapes and the warm sun that accompanies them. Joyful tears, love, kindness, compassion etc etc tells us of his love and wisdom. The size of the universe tells us of his power. (Romans 1:20) Jehovah knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows exactly how many hairs we have on our head. (Luke 12:7) Jehovah creates rules not for his own benefit, but for ours. If we follow the rules outlined in the Bible. It helps to prevent us from experiencing pain and darkness. He allowed his most beloved son Jesus Christ to die for us.. That should tell us how much Jehovah loves us. 3. How can we draw closer to God? In-order to draw close to the creator of the universe. We need to try and show Love, Honour, Dignity, Loyalty, Humility, Integrity, and most importantly help out your fellow humans. Jehovah invites us to draw close to him by speaking to him in prayer. He is interested in us individually. (Psalm 65:2; 145:18) He is willing to forgive. He recognizes our efforts to please him, even if we sometimes fail. So despite our imperfection, we really can enjoy a close relationship with God. (Psalm 103:12-14, James 4:8) 4. Why does Earth suffer from so much corruption? All of Jehovah’s works are perfect; he is not the author of unrighteousness; so he did not create anyone wicked. (Deut. 32:4, Ps. 5:4) The one who became Satan was originally a perfect spirit son of God. When saying that the Devil “did not stand fast in the truth,” Jesus indicated that at one time that one was “in the truth.” (John 8:44) But, as is true of all of God’s intelligent creatures, this spirit son was endowed with free will. He abused his freedom of choice, allowed feelings of self-importance to develop in his heart, began to crave worship that belonged only to God, and so enticed Adam and Eve to listen to him rather than obey God. Thus by his course of action he made himself Satan, which means “adversary.” (Jas. 1:14, 15) Why did God not destroy Satan promptly after he rebelled? Serious issues were raised by Satan: (1) The righteousness and rightfulness of Jehovah’s sovereignty. Was Jehovah withholding from mankind freedom that would contribute to their happiness? Were mankind’s ability to govern their affairs successfully and their continued life truly dependent on their obedience to God? Had Jehovah been dishonest in giving a law that stated that disobedience would lead to their death? (Gen. 2:16, 17, 3:3-5) So, did Jehovah really have the right to rule? (2) The integrity of intelligent creatures toward Jehovah. By the deflection of Adam and Eve the question was raised: Did Jehovah’s servants really obey him out of love or might all of them abandon God and follow the lead being given by Satan? This latter issue was further developed by Satan in the days of Job. (Gen. 3:6, Job 1:8-11, 2:3-5 see also Luke 22:31) These issues could not be settled by merely executing the rebels. So although it may seem horrible that Jehovah couldn't just destroy his enemies on the spot and prevent all this evil from befalling the planet. Jehovah had to allow it in-order to prevent any future questioning of his right to rule, and thus create a perfect paradise free from opposition or doubt. This 6000 year time period has proven without question that any attempt for humans to be peaceful and live in harmony with one another is impossible to achieve without Jehovah lovingly guiding us. 6000 years of pain > 100,000,000,000,000 years x Infinity of awesomeness. If you were a father sat at a table with your family. And one of your sons walked up to you in-front of everyone and questioned your ability / right to guide the family.. Would you simply kill / dismiss the son in-front of everyone? Or would that just lead to questions such as: Maybe he was right, Is he trying to hide something? No.. The ultimately wise decision would be to allow the Son to try and guide the family. 5. Is the end of the world really near? THE BIBLE’S ANSWER: “When you see these things occurring, know that the kingdom of God is near.” (LUKE 21:31) The Bible prophets were inspired by God to describe conditions that would indicate an imminent end of the world. Consider some of those prophecies and decide for yourself whether they are being fulfilled in our time. * Wars, famines, earthquakes, and epidemics of deadly disease. (Matthew 24:7, Luke 21:11) * Significant increase in crime. (Matthew 24:12) * The ruining of the earth by mankind. (Revelation 11:18) * People who love themselves, money, and pleasures but do not love God. (2 Timothy 3:2, 4) * The breakdown of the family. (2 Timothy 3:2, 3) * General apathy toward the evidence of the approaching end. (Matthew 24:37-39) * The preaching of the good news of God’s Kingdom worldwide. (Matthew 24:14) The Kingdom message is reaching all corners of the globe. In 2010 alone, Jehovah"s Witnesses spent over 1.6 billion hours proclaiming this good news in 236 lands. That is an average of 30 minutes in the preaching work each day by every Witness. Over the past decade, they have produced and distributed more than 20 billion items of Bible-education literature. As Jesus said, seeing “all these things” lets us know that the end of the world is near. (Matthew 24:33) 6. What happens at the end of the world? THE BIBLE’S ANSWER: “The world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever.” (1 John 2:17) “The world” that is to pass away is, not the earth, but the world of mankind whose lives are not in harmony with God’s will. Just as a surgeon might remove a cancerous tumor to save a patient’s life, God will “cut off” the wicked so that good people can truly enjoy life on earth. (Psalm 37:9) In that sense, “the end of the world” is a good thing. Jesus called that future period “the renewal of all things.” At that time, he will restore humanity to the conditions that God originally intended. (Matthew 19:28) We will then enjoy: * He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. (Isaiah 25:8) * A paradise earth with security and prosperity for all. (Isaiah 35:1 Micah 4:4) * Work that is meaningful and satisfying. (Isaiah 65:21-23) * The curing of all disease. (Isaiah 33:24) * The reversal of aging. (Job 33:25) * The resurrection of the dead. (John 5:28, 29) * Find exquisite delight in Jehovah, And he will grant you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4) Basically we will be invited to spend eternity in the coolest place imaginable free from pain, death and ageing. We’ll be granted immortality to spend having fun and relaxing under Jehovah’s loving protection. And to all those who say living forever would be boring. Perhaps you’re right when you use this current world as a reference. But in Jehovah’s new world there will be everlasting content to enjoy. Jehovah’s creative abilities are infinite. If we do “the will of God,” what he asks of us, we need not fear the end of the world. Instead, we can look forward to it. 7. How can I find the True Religion? Illustrating how to tell the difference between those who practice true religion and those who do not, the Bible says: "By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they?" (Matthew 7:16) Just as you can distinguish a grapevine from a thornbush by what it produces, you can distinguish true religion from false by its fruits, or by these identifying features. True religion teaches the truth that is based on the Bible, not on human philosophies. (John 4:24; 17:17) This includes religious truths about the soul and the hope of everlasting life on a paradise earth. (Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 35:5, 6; Ezekiel 18:4) It also does not hold back from exposing religious falsehood. (Matthew 15:9; 23:27, 28) True religion helps people to know God, including teaching them his name, Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 42:8; John 17:3, 6) It does not teach that he is incomprehensible or aloof; rather, it teaches that he wants us to have a relationship with him. (James 4:8) True religion highlights Jesus Christ as the one through whom God grants salvation. (Acts 4:10, 12) Its members obey Jesus' commands and strive to follow his example. (John 13:15; 15:14) True religion focuses on God's Kingdom as mankind's only hope. Its members actively tell others about that Kingdom. (Matthew 10:7; 24:14) True religion promotes unselfish love. (John 13:35) It teaches respect for all ethnic groups and welcomes people from all races, cultures, languages, and backgrounds. (Acts 10:34, 35) Moved by love, its members do not go to war. (Micah 4:3; 1 John 3:11, 12) True religion has no paid clergy, and it does not give high-sounding religious titles to any of its members. (Matthew 23:8-12; 1 Peter 5:2, 3) True religion is completely neutral in political affairs. (John 17:16; 18:36) However, its members respect and obey the government where they live, in harmony with the Bible's command: "Pay back Caesar's things to Caesar [representing the civil authority], but God's things to God." (Mark 12:17; Romans 13:1, 2) True religion is a way of life, not just a ritual or a formality. Its members adhere to the Bible's high moral standards in all aspects of life. (Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 John 3:18) Rather than being grim, though, they find joy in worshipping "the happy God." (1 Timothy 1:11) Those who practice true religion will be in the minority. (Matthew 7:13, 14) Members of the true religion are often looked down on, ridiculed, and persecuted for doing God's will. (Matthew 5:10-12.) There is a danger in choosing a religion based solely on how it makes us feel. The Bible foretold a time when people would "surround themselves with [religious] teachers to have their ears tickled." (2 Timothy 4:3) In contrast, the Bible encourages us to follow "the religion that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father," even if that religion is unpopular. (James 1:27) When we match up the characteristics of the true religion to every religion ever created. We end up with.. Jehovah's Witnesses. 8. Conclusion We must try our best to help out our fellow humans and to love God as Jesus commanded. We need to try and avoid harmful practices such as: Sexual immorality, Greed, Arrogance, Hatred, Selfishness, Anger, Jealousy etc etc We must try and promote values of righteousness including: Love, Honour, Dignity, Loyalty, Humility, Integrity, and most importantly help out your fellow humans. (Matthew 24:14:) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. The Kingdom message is reaching all corners of the globe. In 2010 alone, Jehovah"s Witnesses spent over 1.6 billion hours proclaiming this good news in 236 lands. Over the past decade, they have produced and distributed more than 20 billion items of literature. For accurate information regarding God, Jesus and Life please visit: https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions