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How can someone who is all knowing and all powerful do something that they'd later regret?

In the bible it said God regretted making humans and wanted to flood the earth to destroy all living creatures. That's confusing to me because how could a perfect and all knowing being do something that they'd later regret?
SlaveEt · 31-35, F
Regardless of existence or not, if a being is willing to wipe out an entire race just because they exercised the free will he gave them, he's not a creature I'd respect let alone worship.
@SlaveEt [quote]You are much wiser and more educated than I.[/quote]

I don't believe that. I've known children and mentally handicapped people who have no problem with what I say.

[quote]Could be you are right.[/quote]

I'm probably right. No other reasonable explanation once you get around group think, propaganda, ideology and signaling.
SlaveEt · 31-35, F
@SlaveEt I thought you would enjoy that.
Why not ask yourself, and then do the research, to answer your question? Ask:

1. Is the God of the Bible all knowing and all powerful and if so what does that mean?
2. Did the flood destroy all living creatures and how does the Bible say those creatures got there in the first place?
3. What does it mean that God regretted it and why?

Maybe the first questions you should ask yourself is how do any of us know what an all powerful etc. God can and can't do and have you ever done anything you knew you would regret but you had to do it anyway?
@TheoreticSkeptic The Bible explicitly says that every living thing on the earth died in the flood. Since plants are alive, that includes them. The fact that plants can re-seed a flooded area from elsewhere doesn't mean being under hundreds of feet of water is good for them.

So basically, you're a Biblical literalist until someone points out a contradiction, and then you just start making stuff up.
@LeopoldBloom It doesn't matter what the Bible says. If they died they came back to life. And I wasn't talking about re-seeding.

You haven't pointed out any contradiction you just said the writer "forgot."
@TheoreticSkeptic If it doesn't matter what the Bible says, then the simplest explanation is that there was no worldwide flood. There were local floods back then as there are today, and any areas denuded of vegetation would have been re-seeded from surrounding intact areas.

Plants don't come back to life after they're dead. You're grasping at straws.
Emosaur · 22-25, M
This is one of many examples of the Bible actually admitting its own god doesn't exist. It defines him with contradictory qualities, and such a being obviously cannot exist.
@Emosaur [quote]Didn't think you'd turn out to be the most obnoxious Jesus freak I've ever met, but here we are. Go on, keep calling me stupid, I'll just keep reminding everyone here that you're the one who believes in a magical sky fairy who loves everyone unconditionally, but only under certain conditions.[/quote]

And as always, which I'm sure everyone else is aware of, you are wrong again! Good job, Ace.
@Sharon They aren't Childish, they are human and the fundamentalist militant atheists are equally guilty. I usually respond in kind. If you are kind to me I'm kind to you. If not then not. Emu isn't particularly kind.
jshm2 · 41-45, M
The world missing from your vocabulary is "allegory".

The Hebrew actually doesn't say "regret" but it's the nearest English translation. In actual fact much of the bible doesn't say what you think it does.
LordShadowfire · 46-50, M
@jshm2 Please enlighten us, o wise one.
Sharon · F
@jshm2 [quote]much of the bible doesn't say what you think it does.[/quote]
This god thing should have made its meaning clear.
Adstar · 56-60, M
You know people know that people eventually die..

But i have been to more then a few Funerals and time and time again i see people break down in tears and mourn the loss of their loved one.. Now why would a person mourn the death of a family member or a loved one when they all know that every human being eventually dies.. It's been happening for thousands of generations but people still cry at funerals...

So how can someone who knows people die mourn the death of a loved one at a funeral?

That sounds like a weird question right?
Sweetguy024 · 31-35, M
@Adstar lol what?
Adstar · 56-60, M
@Sweetguy024 That went totally over your head, right....
Sweetguy024 · 31-35, M
@Adstar your analogy didn't make sense because of course humans feel human emotions because that's how we're wired.
My question made sense because God is supposed to be all powerful and all knowing, unlike a human, but it doesn't make sense to me that a being who's like that can have a regret.
Thandeka · 31-35, F
I don't know he probably was heartbroken when he said that. It's not easy letting your creation be destroyed you know.
Sweetguy024 · 31-35, M
@Thandeka it's just weird to me. If you do something and than regret it later isn't that's called making a mistake? Like if I had a baby and that baby grew up to kill me or do something else that was evil I would feel that having that baby was a mistake and I would regret it.
Thandeka · 31-35, F
@Sweetguy024 He could have always destroyed everything in existence if he felt like he made a mistake and start afresh. He don't answer to nobody.
Lynda70 · F
Also, by leaving Noah and his brood alive, he ensured the original sin was carried forward. If he had thought about it he would have wiped out everything and started from scratch with the benefit of hindsight.
LordShadowfire · 46-50, M
I have a pet hypothesis, but once I post it, certain people are going to rush in to tell me I'm full of it.

I don't think the ancient Hebrews actually believed God was all-knowing. They were too smart to imagine that even a god could be perfect. Sure, he created the entire known universe, but I honestly think they viewed him as having imperfections, learning as he went along.
@LordShadowfire Gods weren't perfect and perfection is relative anyway. Perfection according to the Bible writers was completeness not idealistic and impractical. God isn't all knowing, he can get to know anything he wants to, which itself negates all knowing.
The Job & the first 11 chapters of Genesis are the oldest parts of Scripture, proper, and so most likely to contain mythic elements.

Check out standard scholarship on this, not random videos as other users suggest.
@SomeMichGuy Standard scholarship? Which teaches higher criticism and the documentary hypothesis? What about scholarship independent of that and prior to the 19th century?
@TheoreticSkeptic You do you.
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@Thandeka I was raised in a religious home, but one day when I was 14, it suddenly occurred to me that the God explanation wasn't necessary. So my experience was similar to yours, just opposite.

I've never had a spiritual encounter, so it's unfair to expect me to believe just because of what other people tell me. If God exists, he knows where to find me and what I would need him to do to believe in him. So the fact that he hasn't appeared to me yet suggests that he either doesn't exist, or doesn't care if I believe in him or not.
Thandeka · 31-35, F
@LeopoldBloom The fact that you were raised in a religious home was how God planned you to know about him. Just like you I was raised in a religious home but it's only when I began to seek to know more of him that he revealed more of himself. You can't force information about yourself towards someone. You only give them the basics of who you are. If they want a relationship with you they'll pursue you. That is how it works.
@Thandeka Well, then God's plan didn't work. And I'm not saying he has to force himself on me. He just needs to demonstrate his existence to me in a way I can understand.

It's also possible that God has a different plan for you than he has for me. So it's a bit presumptuous of you to assume that I should have the same relationship with God that you have.

 
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