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Not that he wanted his son dead
Thu Nov 2, 2017 9:24am

But he may believe, for whatever reason, that his son's death serves a purpose.

I doubt military families want their loved one dead. But they may believe that their loved ones death served a greater purpose (the defense of their country).

If he rejected what his religion taught him, or if his religion had not existed in the first place, I believe he would have found one that is in line with his world view.

I think it is too easy to blame religion. It is much harder to take the responsibility of one's actions.

Yahweh is not to blame for my bad decisions. At the same token, he does not get the credit for my good ones either. That is because ultimately, I am responsible for my actions and what I decide to accept and what I decide to reject.

Of course, in the real world, Yahweh by my way of thinking can't be responsible for anything because he doesn't exist. But that is not what I am currently talking about. I what I asking is where does the individual's responsibility for his/her actions and beliefs lie and where does it end?

We are also a product of our environment but once we reach adulthood and now are in the driver's seat, its time to use the brain we were born with (well, some of us!! :) ) and the 'heart' we have (well, some of us. . . .) and stop putting responsibility everywhere else but where it belongs - at each and everyone of us feet.


At any rate, it is an interesting debate. Thanks for your thoughts!

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