God didn’t do it
There’s an issue I’ve been hitting up against a lot lately, which is the thinking that God causes what happens to us so the spiritual lesson to learn is just to accept it.
Newsweek had an in-depth look at an Army chaplain’s wrestlings in Faith under Fire, from the May 7 issue. Chaplain Roger Benimoff goes from full of faith, to despair, to anger at God, to resignation (my word) about what he saw / experienced in Iraq.
Over the weekend, I spoke with my friend who lost his son recently, and he too is convinced that God caused his son’s death because God has appointed the time when we will be born and when we will die.
I didn’t argue with my friend, and I can’t discount the conclusions the chaplain has come to. But internally, I’m protesting.
And I wish I could explain in a way that will comfort and not be disrespectful what I believe about God. The God I worship does not capriciously emit life and then extinguish it. He does not cause or prevent human happenings. He’s not in that equation at all.
This mortal seeming is entirely a composite of what we all believe it to be. Each of us has impact on it and shapes it in total, even as individuals we can shape and impact our own experience or those close to us.
- As long as we collectively believe it sometimes takes force to solve humanity’s problems, we will lose young lives to war.
- As long as we collectively believe that alcohol and drugs have an effect on us, there will be accidental deaths from drunk driving.
This list could go on and on about what we believe and how it literally forms the world around us. We experience what we believe. We sometimes experience what other people believe even if we don’t believe it. We can break through that false belief, though, with understanding.
When we understand the nature of reality, that harmony reigns, that good is omnipotent, that Life is eternal, we move from mere belief to an unshakable confidence that is not affected by the swirls of collective opinion. It is then that we can gain some measure of control over our experience and, in turn, change the world.
God has created us in His image. We are capable of understanding what He understands. With this increased understanding, human life becomes less random and more explainable. We gain dominion and can help each other forward. My hope is that we can work together on this, and break through our false beliefs to something higher.
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