I'm not quite sure what your belief about the reason for my 'curiosity' has to do with the issue at hand, CharlesCS. Anyway, let me reiterate the point I was trying to make. In the scenarios I describe, and countless others anyone could cite, individuals die without being 'tested', and through no fault of their own making.
I get your point but Jythier pretty much answered that for me.
The very cop-out I referred to earlier, I'm afraid. One cannot, on one hand, argue that bad things can be explained, yet on the other claim divine mystery. That's called having your cake and eating it.
I don't see it as a cop-out. I see it as we don't know, plain and simple. But if we believe in God and believe he is all mighty and all knowing, then only he knows.
If this entire planet was created for the sole reason of testing our souls then why should god bother as he will be able to figure out what each of us would do in any given situation and simply put us in the correct afterlife?
Just because you know what the end result will be does not mean you will not let others reach it for themselves. The purpose is not for God to chose, it's for us to chose for ourselves.
If it's a test, we all failed. The only one who ever 'passed' the life-test was Jesus, and that's why he's so important.
I doin't see it that way Jythier. I don't see life as the test to be Jesus or the perfect man. I see it as being "good enough". I mean why would anyone believe in Heaven and Hell if, by your comments, we all deserve Hell? We all know that it is in our human nature to not be able to follow the word of God perfectly, so obviously God does not seek perfection, he seeks those who at least made the attempt. That is how I see it.