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Why Do Bad Things Happen?

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2010 at 6:50 am

Today’s post is an offshoot of a lively discussion from our Facebook page. It began with some deep questions about the nature of God.

Why does God make tornados, tsunamis, Hitlers, and Bin Laden’s ?
Why do the good die young ?
Why do I have more than I need while other, far better folks have so little ?

I invited my friend, George Crumpler, to weigh in. George is the author of  David: The Untold Story, a historical account of King David. He is a retired high school social studies teacher living in a small town in rural North Carolina.

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For most of man’s some 100,000 years of existence, we were polytheistic. It is with the Patriarch Abraham that the concept of one True God begins to develop, the character and nature of this God changes over time through the course of the bible. Abraham shares a meal with this God and this God also commands Abraham to sacrifice his only son to appease him, a ritual left over from paganism. This ritual of human sacrifice will be repeated with the birth of Christianity and the death of Jesus on the cross.

The Mayans, a people who practiced blood letting and human sacrifice rejected the missionaries concepts of monotheism but readily accepted the death of Jesus on the cross as a spiritual act. This concept of sacrifice is at the core of the, Hebrew, Christian and Muslim religions to the point of sacrificing their lives in war to defend their religion and also killing others to protect their religion because in doing so they believe they are carrying out the will of God.

Thus, the three great religions of the world have not broken completely from their pagan polytheistic origins of sacrifice and God/Gods micro managing the affairs of man and nature from wars to a gentle rain in the summertime.

Many Christian have difficulty, to the point of being obstinate, reconciling matters of their faith and science. If the Roman Catholic Church had had their way about it, we would all still think the earth is flat because they would put to death anyone who said it wasn’t. Even to this day, most Christians cannot, will not accept the seven-day creation story and the Garden of Eden as metaphor, when various disciplines of sciences from geology to nuclear physics prove that it is a process that has taken billions of years.

Just as the concept of multiple gods responsible for everything from the weather to fertility faded into the category of myth it is time to abandon the false belief of a God sitting on a throne directing the affairs of man down the road to Armageddon and a final day of judgment—this God invented by the Hebrews and adopted by the Christians and Muslims.

What we have is not a self-actualizing, knowing, understanding of God but rather a concept of what God is, forced upon people to the extent that their very life depends upon it both their physical and spiritual (Hell) existence.

Man reasoned correctly that he sprang forth from the earth because he observed that the earth is the producer of all life but where did the earth come from. He gazed upon the sun, moon, and stars and made them the source of creation.

We thus began four thousand years of refining our concept of where we came from and most importantly, why we are here. Maybe we are indeed God’s chosen species.

Jesus said, “…The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)

Kim said, “We are given everything and we can choose our reality.”

There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.

A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

Man can form things in this thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; otherwise, he cannot be in harmony with the Formless Intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.

Man may come into full harmony with the Formless Substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of Substance, that man’s thoughts are received by the Formless. Man can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting himself with the Formless Intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude. (Wallace Wattles)

“Seek and ye shall find, ask and it will be given…” Jesus.

And he is One who subsists as a cause and source of Being, and an immaterial material and an innumerable number and a formless form and a shapeless shape and a powerlessness and a power and an insubstantial substance and a motionless motion and an inactive activity. (Gnostic Text Allogenes)

Natural disasters, earthquakes, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes are just that—natural disasters, the forces of nature are indifferent, remember it rains on the just and unjust alike.

Wars, famine, pestilence, murder, rape, child abuse, greed, envy, et al. are the products of culture we create that stuff.

The Creative Stuff, the Source of Being, cannot, will not participate in that but the message is sent for us to love one another, nurture one another, rejoice in others good fortune, console them in their sorrow, care for the widow, orphan and the old—It is up to us to do that. We sit in judgment of our rights and wrongs.

There is a wonder source of love and energy and excitement and joy and creativity and we can tap into that Source, in fact the Source longs for us to do so but will not be disturbed if we don’t.

God may very well be sitting on a throne surrounded by a host of angels but the Creative Source of the Universe is more than likely a happy little Quark.

Many thanks, George, for sharing your thoughts. Amen and amen.

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