This letter was posted on another website. Short evaluation to follow.
First off, I feel I should state that I am only 19, and not what you could call “heavily-educated in religious topics.” I was raised, strictly, on Lutheran practices, and for quite some time, I guess as a blind child, believed all I was told. I went through baptism, as well as confirmation, still believing everything I was told. It wasn’t until 3 years ago when I found a loop hole that no one would answer, or contradict… and instead of answers or help, I received condemnation, and the joy of being ignored by EVERYONE in my church going congregation who have heard of my simple statement, that still lies unanswered after so long. . . .
According to your writings, god does indeed create evil according to the bible. One thing I have been stuck with thinking about for the past 3 years is that god did indeed create Satan. God, being all knowing, all seeing, etc. etc. knew prior to Satan’s creation that Satan would turn against his instructions as an angel? I mentioned this to my ‘Sunday school class’ of 2 people of my age, the rest 6 graders (this was when i was 16 and a sophomore in high school, very small church)… I was pretty much kicked out of class, and was no longer allowed to ask such blasphemous questions of such utter ridiculousness.
This illustrates once again the problem that I have seen so often in the church. Good questions being rejected by well meaning Christians. These Christians probably rejected this question for two reasons: 1) People’s misconception that “faith” is to be separated from reason. Why do we believe? Because we take a blind leap into the dark, covering our eyes to the troubling difficulties that appear in the distance. 2) They probably did not know how to answer.
Jamie did not cover her eyes. She looked ahead and asked a sincere honest question (giving her the benefit of the doubt). I know that you may think I am putting to much burden on a 6th grade Sunday School class and leader, but they should have engaged Jamie honestly, affirming the question and providing the options. Yes,