Thursday, October 27, 2016

My Opinion on God Being Male

1. Personally, I don't get upset when people refer to God as "he" because everyone is allowed to identify God in the form they are most comfortable with. Subsequently, God is different for everyone and we are all made in God's image and likeness, therefore God can embody any shape or form. If someone refers to God as "he," that is how they interpret God and they are most comfortable with that identification because it's only God and that person in that relationship. No one has the right to tell someone how to view someone or something. However, I can also understand that by referring to God as "he" can be demeaning and paint a picture that women are inferior to men.

2. Personally, I prescribe to egalitarianism because it is important that in the future for me that my only point of living is not just to bear a child and take care of he or she, rather work hard to achieve a goal or greatness. Additionally, I think it is important that I will not be marginalized from a job or activity because I am a girl. If men and women are created in the image and likeness of God, then both sexes are equal because God is us, and we are God. We never say, men are two-thirds of God and women are one-third, therefore, there should be no distinction between each gender's ability and desires in life.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Is God male?

I wonder if God is male. All my life, I have referred to God as "he" because that is what I have been taught. Despite the fact that I referred to God as a male, I never gave God a face. I knew I called God a "he," but I could never create an image of God in my mind. However, I believe that God has no gender because he encompasses all of his creation, men and women. Subsequently, God is a divine being rather than a man or woman.

Is thinking that God is male problematic?
Thinking that God is male is very problematic because that notion creates a barrier between men and women, implying that women are inferior to men. The idea that God is a male demonstrates that men are supposed to be looked highly upon and should be considered an all-powerful and all-knowing gender. However, intelligent individuals would know that God created us equally.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Problem of Evil Reflection

Have you ever considered the problem of evil before CTWR class? If so, why or in what context?
            Before theology, the problem of evil always perplexed my mind. I never understood why there was a need for so much suffering in the world, if there was supposed to be an omnipotent and benevolent being watching over us. In freshman year, we learned about Noah’s Ark and the Israelites being freed from slavery, but all these wonderful occurrences stemmed from evil. Why would God allow his creation to be enslaved by another part of his creation and why would God wipe his creation out with a violent flood? How are we supposed to believe in an individual that kills his or her creation because they were upset? That sounds petty, however it almost seems as though God used his or her power just to use it, not to better the people. However, I know we are supposed to read these Bible stories with religious truth, but it’s concerning that God would want us to know that he can destroy us in a matter of days, minutes, or days.
            In addition, I see suffering in my daily life, people live in poverty, there are natural disasters, there is cancer, and people rape, kill, and abuse. All this happens under God’s supervision and I never understood why he would let all these horrific events happen.
After our readings and discussions this week, why do you think there is suffering in the world?
I think suffering exists because God gives us free will to choose to do good or bad. As a result, humanity’s evil actions derive from wrong choices. You may be wondering why God does not step in to eradicate these wrong choices. The answer is if God intervenes in every bad choice someone makes, then do we have free will? We will not know and use our freedom if this omnipotent being controls and stops anything that can harshly impact others.  If God intervenes everything, then we are just his puppets in a show called “No Freedom, Just Control” starring God.
Have you ever seen or experienced pain and suffering that had a greater purpose or led to a greater good?
My sister is the strongest and most confident person I know and she inspires anyone in her presence. In 2013, she had gallbladder disease; as a result she experienced continuous stomach pains that were more severe than childbirth. At this time, my sister was attending college in Boston, Massachusetts and weekly she had to go to the hospital for medical attention regarding her stomach pains. Eventually, she was scheduled for a surgery to remove her gallbladder; subsequently my mother, father and I drove to Boston for the surgery.
As I entered the hospital, adrenaline filled my body, my hatred for hospitals came rushing through my blood. Some of the strongest people I know always suffer in hospitals; I never understood why a building full of people suffering was ever created. Upon entered my sister’s room in the hospital, I noticed she looked completely disheveled and weak, but she kept saying she would be okay and I believed her. My family and I said the twenty-third psalm before my sister entered into surgery and we waited.
            After her surgery, I knew my sister would not have to endure anymore suffering, and I was glad. However, I was resentful at the fact that she had to endure this pain in the first place, but at the end of suffering, both my sister and I realized that we need to cherish everyday of our lives because you never know how quickly it can be taken away. If my sister’s gallbladder exploded, she wouldn’t be here today and I am thankful for everyday I spend with her.
            Prior to this incident, I barely called my sister at college; I didn’t even know that she changed her major until that point. After the surgery, I made sure that I called my sister at least once a week to check in and see how she was doing. I think it’s important to fully strengthen and cultivate relationships with the people you love so you aren’t resentful that you didn’t tell them you love them enough because they could pass away at any time.