Friday, May 07, 2004

The God shaped Whole

contrary to certain suggestions, i have not been stuck in anniversary celebrations :-)... just a whole lotta work!!!
this post is a collage of viewpoints on god… i read a fwd on the age old dispute over the existence of god... so i thought this might be a good forum to get more opinions. am quoting two theories which were very thought provoking
The epicurean argument
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?
And the ‘freewill argument’, which is propounded by a whole lot of atheists - once human beings came to be, God invested them with free will, chose voluntarily to convert the world into an autonomous institution, to be run by humans, in which He would not interfere.
Though this does explain away a great number of minor and major calamities, which descend on us-from a road accident that takes away a beloved to a war that kills and maims thousands. But it does make for a hard-hearted, remote, indifferent God.
my take, what about a god who might have initially shown faith in humanity, but then given up??

………to be continued
meanwhile some
manuscripts trivia
"I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability." ~ Oscar Wilde
"God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through." ~ Paul Valery
"To surrender to ignorance and call it God has alwaysbeen premature, and it remains premature today."~ Isaac Asimov
and have to share this fwd , lets title it "mallu power"
There is a popular saying that wherever you go, you will find a Mallu,but...

Kuttappan is a Mallu...Kuttappan was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them."Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, "OK, Kuttappan how about Tom Cruise?"
"Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it."
So Kuttappan and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door, and sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts, "Kuttappan! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch!" Although impressed, Kuttappan's boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he tells Kuttappan that he thinks Kuttappan's knowing Cruise was just lucky.
"No, no, just name anyone else, "Kuttappan says.
"President Bush," his boss quickly retorts.
"Yes," Kuttappan says, "I know him, let's fly out to Washington."
And off they go. At the White House, Bush spots Kuttappan on the tour and motions him and his boss over, saying, "Kuttappan, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and
let's have a cup of coffee first and catch up."
Well, the boss is very shaken by now, but still not totally convinced. After they leave the White House grounds, he expresses his doubts to Kuttappan who again implores him to name anyone else.
"The Pope," his boss replies.
"Sure!" says Kuttappan. "I have relatives in Poland, and I've known the Pope a long time." So off they fly to Rome. Kuttappan and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Kuttappan says, "This will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye
among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope. And he disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican.
Sure enough, half an hour later Kuttappan emerges with the Pope on the balcony.But by the time Kuttappan returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to his boss' side, Kuttappan asks him, "What happened?" His boss looks up and says, "I was doing fine until you and the Pope came out on the balcony and the man next to me said, 'Who's that on the balcony with Kuttappan?"

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