…Or maybe He doesn’t? I may believe that God has a plan for us, but I have recently come to understand that free will MUST be His way of keeping things interesting. I am fortunate to know an exceptional man who recently made me consider how boring divine perfection would be. To know everything that’s to come is an exercise in lackluster humdrum.
[In spite of excellence] The absence of human perfection, tethered to free will and all the psychosis that entails, is what some have come to know as a cruel joke perpetrated by a selfish God. I agree to some extent. However, I have no problem with my God being a selfish God. We were created in His image to serve Him, but also given the choice to go our own way. And this is where I see the joke, not cruel, but cunning. You too can see it, but you first need to put yourself in Gods shoes. I can do this, because I have had a lot of practice playing God in the course of my life and the lives those around me through the years. Thankfully, I have recently given up those reigns.
But I digress. As God; I am Omnipresent / Omnipotent / Omniscient. This doesn’t necessarily make me Omnichronal. I don’t have to know what is going to happen to be God. I don’t want to know what’s going to happen. Inasmuch, I may be all-knowing, but that just means I see everything as it happens. It doesn’t mean I see it coming and can use my Omnipotence to stop it. Many faithful Christians are cringing at this point, if not praying for me, in my moment of blasphemy. But think on this. Why Smite?
If you’re a parent and you have the ability to predict the failings and poor choices of your children, would you not protect them and instead just wait for them to screw up and then punish them after the fact? If you had the foreknowledge that your children would disappoint you to such an extent that you found it necessary to exterminate virtually ALL of them- and in some cases a handful at a time here and there- as a lesson to the righteous few, would you not take the steps to avoid putting yourself, and them, through such a travesty of the soul. Yes you would.
I now speak to those that are angry with God or choose to ignore His presence because they feel he has been absent, or allows bad things to happen. God may know everything, He may have a plan for us, but as we deviate from His will, we make our own way and I have to believe that God has no more idea what’s to come any more than we do.
“Okay” you say, “what about childhood cancer”. My answer may be harsh, but true. Consider the most aggregate understanding of “the sins of the father”. Wait- Wait!! I am not saying that a child gets cancer because his father was a rake and a rouge in a former life. But there was no disease- no pestilence- in the world God made. By our own devices we created an environment that kills us, ingest things that kill us and act on impulses that kill us. Our forefathers-forefathers started us on a tack to which we have tried, but presently fail, to recover from. That’s the heavy answer. And I neither think He saw that coming nor has He any idea when affliction will strike or whom. Showing faith in the healing power of God and the physicians that treat such disease is all that can be done. I cannot believe He LETS such things happen. So I won’t. You shouldn’t either. We’ve done it to ourselves.
Now, back to this free will thing that makes God laugh, cry and smite. God gave us the gift of free will that we would choose to walk a righteous path, just as you would rather your spouse or child love you honestly and genuinely. I do not want a woman that reveres and serves me out of fear. I certainly don’t want that for my children. I can’t imagine an existence where God can see the future we set for ourselves and chooses to do nothing about it. I also have to believe that by Grand design, we provide a fair amount of entertainment,…”what craziness we will they come up with next”, says God.
We humans have learned to take the good with the bad. Trying to balance our Karmic presence in the universe sometimes proves too taxing for some of us as we regularly falter. But we have fun getting wherever it is we think we’re going. God must too. And when you start to think that God has abandoned you , consider this…If you truly got everything you deserve, where would you be right now? A lot of us would be in prison or dead. Maybe we should all be grateful that life isn’t fair after all.