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31st Oct '17 9:24:36 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}},'' Bender is lost in space and meets a strange, [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien super-powered being]] which may or may not be God; the entity doesn't know either, but admits that he (it?) has compassion for all living things. Ultimately, the being helps Bender get home after having a talk about the responsibilities of godhood.
27th Oct '17 2:14:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* It's largely an open question in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', whether God is good. Sam and Dean both have tendencies to doubt such a position, and to have faith in it. The Season 5 finale, though, comes out largely in favor of God being good and that God greatly values free will and family. He wants people to make the right decisions without Him forcing it upon them and to choose family over anything else. On the other hand, Most of the problems in the series are due to God abandoning Heaven without a word leaving the archangels to try and sort things out. Free will was discouraged among the angels and one reason Lucifer was banished from heaven for refusing to obey God. The whole afterlife system is essentially broke resulting in a CrapsackWorld for both humans and monsters with God being the creator of this entire system. We later learn that God originally created a race of highly intelligent, powerful beasts cursed with a ravenous hunger called Leviathans. Afraid they would devour everything, rather than destroy them or remove their hunger he throws them into Purgatory, which is one step above hell to suffer for all time.

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* It's largely an open question in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', whether God is good. Sam and Dean both have tendencies to doubt such a position, and to have faith in it. The Season 5 finale, though, comes out largely in favor of God being good and that God greatly values free will and family. He wants people to make the right decisions without Him forcing it upon them and to choose family over anything else. On the other hand, Most of the problems in the series are due to God abandoning Heaven without a word leaving the archangels to try and sort things out. Free will was discouraged among the angels and one reason Lucifer was banished from heaven for refusing to obey God. The whole afterlife system is essentially broke resulting in a CrapsackWorld for both humans and monsters with God being the creator of this entire system. We later learn that God originally created a race of highly intelligent, powerful beasts cursed with a ravenous hunger called Leviathans. Afraid they would devour everything, rather than destroy them or remove their hunger he throws them into Purgatory, which is one step above hell to suffer for all time. He finally intervenes personally when his OmnicidalManiac counterpart is released from her prison, [[spoiler:ultimately leading to their reconciliation]].
26th Oct '17 2:12:18 PM DustSnitch
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** The Literature/BookOfJob sees a righteous Jew suffer, causing him to question how a good, omnipotent God could permit this. After Job discusses this with three friends, God himself appears to provide context for Job's situation. God poises a series of rhetorical questions that show the sheer scale of existence God is responsible for, from the foundation of the Earth to the nourishment of the raven. Job agrees that he clearly doesn't have a wide enough understanding of the universe [[OmniscientMoralityLicense to moralize an omniscient]], prompting God to also dare Job to take upon God's role, whether it be humbling the proud, tearing down the wicked, and [[OrderVersusChaos controlling the Leviathans or the Behemoths that bring chaos]]. Upon hearing all this, Job repents and God restores his prosperity, although not before condemning Job's friends for not speaking rightly concerning God in trying to explain Job's suffering.

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** The Literature/BookOfJob sees a righteous Jew suffer, causing him to question how a good, omnipotent God could permit this. After Job discusses this with three friends, God himself appears to provide context for Job's situation. Literature/BookOfJob, God poises a series of rhetorical questions that show the sheer scale of existence God is responsible for, God's duties, which ranges from the foundation of constructing the Earth to the nourishment of the feeding a starving raven. Job agrees that he clearly doesn't have a wide enough understanding of the universe [[OmniscientMoralityLicense He transitions into daring his mortal audience to moralize an omniscient]], prompting God try to also dare Job to take upon God's role, do all He does, whether it be humbling the proud, tearing down the wicked, and [[OrderVersusChaos controlling the Leviathans or the Behemoths that bring chaos]]. Upon hearing all this, Job repents he clearly doesn't see far enough [[OmniscientMoralityLicense to moralize an omniscient]] and God restores his prosperity, although not before condemning prosperity while cursing Job's friends for not speaking rightly concerning God in trying to explain Job's accusing Job of evil only because he was suffering.



** Stated in [[Literature/BookOfCorinthians 1 Corinthians 10:13]]:

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** Stated God's fairness and His care for mankind is stated in [[Literature/BookOfCorinthians 1 Corinthians 10:13]]:10:13]].



** From what can be understood in the Literature/BookOfRevelation, God will one day throw Satan and all evil-doers who ally with him into [[FireAndBrimstoneHell the Lake of Fire]], while the good and the humble will be resurrected in the immortal bliss of earthly paradise.

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** From what can be understood in the According to Literature/BookOfRevelation, God will one day throw Satan and all evil-doers who ally with him into [[FireAndBrimstoneHell the Lake of Fire]], while the good and the humble will be resurrected in the immortal bliss of earthly paradise.
26th Oct '17 2:06:12 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'': In the traditional interpretation, God knows man will fall prey to sin, but respects them enough to let their choices have consequences. Afterwards, He not only comes up with a cunning {{plan}} to save mankind, but His Son/Proxy Jesus personally leads the army in heaven to crush Lucifer and his rebellion, which technically ties this trope with KungFuJesus in a big CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'': In the traditional interpretation, God knows man will fall prey to sin, but respects them enough to let their choices have consequences. Afterwards, He not only comes up with a cunning {{plan}} to save mankind, but His Son/Proxy Jesus personally leads the army in heaven to crush Lucifer and his rebellion, which technically ties this trope with KungFuJesus in when he defeats the entire army with a big CrowningMomentOfAwesome.strong stare.


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* The reason ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'''s Inferno is such a terrible place is because it is the furthest place in the universe from God, and when Dante jumps off the Devil's back to the surface, he begins an ascent through more beautiful and joyous areas of Purgatory and Paradise until he reaches what he calls "the Love that moves the Sun and the other stars," what we call God. Dante blissfully laments that his memory could not capture more than a distant shadow of the pure goodness he knew in God's presence, presenting a God always better than what we can conceive or convey.
7th Oct '17 8:13:35 AM lillolillo
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* Rao is the God of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Krypton]], and Flamebird and Nightwing are His Children in the Post-Crisis continuity. In the ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' storyline, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} isn't feeling particularly pious after her father's murder, and deems her friend Thara -who claims Flamebird is bonded with her- a nutjob. Yet still Kara is saved by literal divine intervention in the ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Hunt for Reactron]]'' when Flamebird manifests through Thara and stomps Reactron. Later Kara apologizes to her friend and confides to Thara that she's feeling hopeful now because if the gods are real, it means her deceased father is in a better place.



* In one strip by Creator/{{Quino}}, which also serves as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, pizzas start falling all over the world, much to the surprise of many as well as the delight of the poor and starving people:

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* In one strip by Creator/{{Quino}}, which also serves as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, pizzas start falling all over the world, much to the surprise of many as well as the delight of the poor and starving people:
18th Aug '17 5:26:28 PM Raidrik
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Harmony is this. She fought off her counterpart, Grogar, to defend a group of accidental alien invaders whom had no business being in primordial Equestria, subtly guided the ponies over thousands of years, and shaved off parts of her own power to create the Elements that bear her name as well as the Rainbow Power. While she can't interact much more outside of her dormant state, the Tree of Harmony, she still pulls fates string to help guide those to where they are needed;\ [[spoiler: like setting the Dazzlings sirens and four of the enemy kaiju on the path to a HeelFaceTurn]]. An AllLovingHero, he even offers to forgive the BigBad. She also sacrificed more of her power to create two protectors and guides to experience like as ponies, [[spoiler: her daughters Celestia and Luna.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Harmony is this. She fought off her counterpart, Grogar, to defend a group of accidental alien invaders whom had no business being in primordial Equestria, subtly guided the ponies over thousands of years, and shaved off parts of her own power to create the Elements that bear her name as well as the Rainbow Power. While she can't interact much more outside of her dormant state, the Tree of Harmony, she still pulls fates string to help guide those to where they are needed;\ [[spoiler: like setting the Dazzlings sirens and four of the enemy kaiju on the path to a HeelFaceTurn]]. An AllLovingHero, he she even offers to forgive the BigBad. She also sacrificed more of her power to create two protectors and guides to experience like as ponies, [[spoiler: her daughters Celestia and Luna.]]
18th Aug '17 5:25:55 PM Raidrik
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Harmony is this. She fought off her counterpart, Grogar, to defend a group of accidental alien invaders whom had no business being in primordial Equestria, subtly guided the ponies over thousands of years, and shaved off parts of her own power to create the Elements that bear her name as well as the Rainbow Power. While she can't interact much more outside of her dormant state, the Tree of Harmony, she still pulls fates string to help guide those to where they are needed;\ [[spoiler: like setting the Dazzlings sirens and four of the enemy kaiju on the path to a HeelFaceTurn]]. An AllLovingHero, he even offers to forgive the BigBad. She also sacrificed more of her power to create two protectors and guides to experience like as ponies, [[spoiler: her daughters Celestia and Luna.]]
5th Aug '17 8:49:13 AM Jeduthun
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Unanswered prayers may lead to a CrisisOfFaith if the characters dwell too much on the age-old question of [[GoodRunningEvil why a good God allows evil]]. A possible answer may be that, although He's good, GodIsFlawed. It could also be that He [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsDestiny prefers to leave people's decisions up to them]], even though that results in TheEvilsOfFreeWill. Maybe it's just that He's working InMysteriousWays or that HelpingWouldBeKillStealing. (This is a huge discussion in RealLife theology, so [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we should leave it at that]].)

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Unanswered prayers may lead to a CrisisOfFaith if the characters dwell too much on the age-old question of [[GoodRunningEvil why a good God allows evil]]. A possible answer may be that, although He's good, GodIsFlawed. It could also be that He [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsDestiny prefers to leave people's decisions up to them]], even though that results in TheEvilsOfFreeWill. Maybe it's just that He's working InMysteriousWays or that HelpingWouldBeKillStealing. (This is a huge discussion in RealLife theology, so [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we should leave it at that]].)
) On the other hand, if a character is just upset that God isn't making things go well for them personally, they may be EgocentricallyReligious.
31st Jul '17 10:21:48 AM BeerBaron
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*** Of the Aedra, Akatosh, the [[DragonsAreDivine draconic]] God of Time and [[TopGod chief deity]] of the Nine Divines pantheon, is seen as wholly good by almost every race which acknowledges him. The exceptions are the [[LizardFolk Argonians]], who lack the usual concept of "time" [[LanguageEqualsThought with no tense verbs]] and "live in the now", and the Dunmer (Dark Elves), whose traditional religion considers the Aedra to be "false gods" and who have passed many of Akatosh's aspects (particularly those of being a progenitor and parental figure) on to the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Almalexia, instead.
27th Jul '17 6:50:47 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Lorkhan, the creator deity who tricked/convinced some of his fellow [[OurGodsAreDifferent et'Ada ("original spirits")]] to create Mundus, the mortal plane, is viewed as a benevolent entity by most of the races of Men. They consider creation a benevolent act which freed the pre-creation spirits from a "prison" of unchanging stasis and allows them an opportunity for [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence greater transcendence]] as a "testing ground" of the spirit. ([[OurElvesAreBetter The races of Mer (Elves)]], on the other hand, generally see Lorkhan as a malevolent entity who robbed the pre-creation spirits of their divinity and forced them into the prison of the mortal world where they experience death and suffering.
** The et'Ada who aided Lorkhan in creating Mundus would become known as the Aedra ("Our Ancestors" in [[ClassicalTongue Old Aldmeris]]). Due to being severely weakened by the act of creation, they [[HaveYouSeenMyGod rarely influence mortal affairs directly]]. They tend to be worshiped by mortals, both Men and Mer, for their contribution as the [[SaintlyChurch "Divines"]] and are mostly believed to be benevolent.
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