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It is true that suffering and evil only become a problem (or have any meaning) if one accepts the idea of an omnipotent, personal God. Many atheists are deceived into following this logic to a denial of God's existence in hopes that it will numb the pain of the suffering and death they experience. They seem to consistently miss the corollary of removing the problem of pain, which is that they equally remove the meaning of any good they could hope to achieve with their life.

Thanks for joining @Lucywalton! You might also be interested in following @Matt 😀

@davidrshorten I like this. How did you stumble across this band? Will queue it up for my morning code session.

Welcome to the club, @emilie and @sarahwalton! You're still pretty early to the party here, but you'll definitely want to follow @Matt.

@Matt I took a read through this. At first I was worried that it would be more extreme than I could sign on to, but actually it's really just the bare essentials and a pretty reasonable expectation for people living in a nation like Canada.

Wow, Chapter 2 of The Cost Of Discipleship is solid stuff:

"You are trifling with the subject. If you believe, take the first step, it leads to Jesus Christ. If you don’t believe, take the first step all the same, for you are bidden to take it. No one wants to know about your faith or unbelief, your orders are to perform the act of obedience on the spot. Then you will find yourself in the situation where faith becomes possible and where faith exists in the true sense of the word."

@Matt Yeah, this is the method Caleb has developed to fight through his month-four sleep regression. It doesn't work that well for his parents' sleep, but he's doing great.

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