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Does God exist? Are atheists at fault for failing to attempt to understand the deep truths of the religious doctrines they disdain? Is this the most useless, worked-out, tedious argument in the history of Western civilization? For Pete’s sake. Allow me to express the point in a way believers might find congenial:
2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; 3 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Okay, here’s my question: who was this judge Jesus refers to? Did this judge actually exist? What do you mean it doesn’t matter? You say it’s just a parable? But if the judge didn’t even exist, doesn’t that completely invalidate Jesus’s point? No? You say the moral and spiritual weight of the story has nothing to do with whether or not it refers to a physically, historically real person?
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