For a person to grow spiritually, healthy emotions and positive thinking are prerequisites. If a young girl is repeatedly raped and murdered as it has happened in the case of Yazidi girls in Iraq, how does that suffering help that girl grow spiritually. Have you ever worked with rape victims? Do you understand what these girls go through when they are captured as slaves, their male family members are killed in front of them and then they are repeatedly raped. You call it fate and predestination ordained by a merciful God who will help the rape victim develop spiritually in a non-physical world after getting her repeatedly raped in the physical world. Why would a God so cruel in the physical world be merciful in the non-physical world? Makes no sense at all.There is an apparent contradiction. You assume that suffering is not merciful or kind because of how you interpret suffering. However, one reason for suffering is that it helps us develop spiritually, and even if we cannot see the effect in this world we will realize it in the next world.
And the irony is that you can't explain the half-picture you see but you are able to explain the details of the other half you don't see.As such we only see half of the picture since we do you know what awaits souls in the next world.
That's like saying that you believe in the day but not in the night. Reincarnation follows karma and karma follow reincarnation. The way to put an end to karma is to purify the heart and perfect the love for God. When that happens God wipes away the karma and the soul is free. Why is love so important? It is because God created man for love. It is truth that Bahaullah also asserted.You are free to believe that if you want to because you have free will. I believe in karma but I do not believe in reincarnation.
I thought you said above that suffering helps us develop spiritually. So which one is it?Coming back to this world to suffer all over again does not resolve anything because everyone suffers in this world, since that is the nature of the material world.
Yeah right. Hitler was a Christian and could have claimed to be a true believer. Many Catholic priests that sexually abused children in the churches could claim to be true believers in Jesus. The Muslims that persecuted Bahaullah could claim to be true believers punishing a false prophet. Every religious person can claim to be a true believer even if their heart is impure. Only God is the perfect judge of the condition of our hearts. Self-certification does not work even in the physical world, leave alone in the spiritual realms where God is the ultimate judge. The question is what does God do when the human heart is not good enough at death in God's judgement. Does God give the soul another chance, or does he condemn the soul to hell forever. What if the soul has unfulfilled desires that can be satisfied only on earth. For example, John McCain died without fulfilling his desire to become the U.S President and since the U.S exists only on earth, what happens to his desire?The only possibility of being free of suffering is to live in the spiritual world, where there will be no more suffering for those who were true believers, only joy and gladness.
If fate and predestination of people differ, it follows that some people are predestined by God to commit crimes and others are predestined by God to suffer crimes. Then why punish the criminals. I am sure the Bahai faith like every religion prohibits committing crimes and perhaps supports punishments to unrepentant criminals. Why interfere with God's plans for criminals and stop them from committing crimes. Wouldn't that be going against will of God?There is no answer to that except that the fate and predestination of people differ. I do not pretend to know why because I cannot know. Apparently you think you know what nobody else knows, why good people suffer through no fault of their own.
Oh really! What others believe is a misinterpretation of scriptures. But what you believe is a perfect understanding of scriptures. Where does Bahaullah teach to practice such double standards.What other people believe owing to a misinterpretation of their scriptures is a red herring. I do not have blind faith; I have a reason-based faith which is based upon what Baha’u’llah wrote.
“Thou hast asked Me concerning the nature of the soul. Know, verily, that the soul is a sign of God, a heavenly gem whose reality the most learned of men hath failed to grasp, and whose mystery no mind, however acute, can ever hope to unravel. It is the first among all created things to declare the excellence of its Creator, the first to recognize His glory, to cleave to His truth, and to bow down in adoration before Him. If it be faithful to God, it will reflect His light, and will, eventually, return unto Him. If it fail, however, in its allegiance to its Creator, it will become a victim to self and passion, and will, in the end, sink in their depths.”
self and passion refer to incarnation in a body. self is by definition a reference to personality and person. passion cannot be experienced without a human mind and body.
That last sentence says nothing about coming back to this world. It means they will go to hell, which is a state of the soul that is far from God and instead sinks into the depths of self and passion.
I do not know if it is empty. Do not recall being there. No one is suggesting that only people of certain religion will go there. Any qualified soul can go there and the qualification is the purity of heart of which God alone is the ultimate judge.That Kingdom must be pretty empty.
That sounds a bit like the Christian belief that only “certain Christians” will get to heaven.
Suffering will make sense through karma and reincarnation. You cannot explain suffering rationally and it makes no sense to you because you reject reincarnation.On this I can agree with you. Suffering seems to be random, and it makes no sense. I post to atheists day and night, so I constantly have to address this issue of why an omnipotent God would allow so much suffering. I hardly ever post to believers, but when I do they just write off suffering as if it does not exist because they have to cover for their loving God. I am glad to see another believer who has some compassion, they are pretty rare. Most atheists have more compassion than most believers, sad to say.