I could tell you, “God is good,” even if you agree or do not dispute the currency inherent in that which or who is affirmed, you may wonder why God allowed slavery or other atrocities.
The incongruity of some things, as logic unfolds, bemuses and puzzles us a lot.
Indeed, there is much “turning of the other cheek” that we are not amused by. Indeed, you may have already wrestled with the contradictions of a Power that could but didn’t or tasks your responsibility as your response to unpleasant situations.
One can say, “It is either that God is good, or He isn’t.” Or God forbid He does not exist. Logic dictates that it is either or, assuming the vacuum of nonexistent is viable, and the investment one has in the outcome of doctrinal faith and teachings can be safely put at risk. Facts, after all, are evidence-based.
Nonetheless, it is a curious way to interrogate life with a finger in the wind or be more vested in tomorrow than today. The underlying issue is that we presume to know reality and how it works.
Of course, it could be put differently, but it should be of some concern or value that if a person has to put a finger in the wind to determine which way to go, then the inherent currency of “God is good “is in the confirmation rather than in the affirmation.
“What’s wrong with that?” you asked.
You would be telling how you want life to work and the things God has to do – in terms of return on investment – for your buy-in and continued support. In other words, you make the rules for God to comply with.
And the alternative?
The alternative is for you to be made in God’s image rather than God to be made in your image or imaginings.
For if a fervent prayer goes unanswered, God’s indifference cannot be assumed, nor your satisfaction be His only measure (of credibility). The longer any of those two positions dominate our consciousness, their interactivity affects and affects us.
That’s a negative, in my view, for it reinforces our misconception of God being good or not so good because of what we got.
Given a choice between gold and goals, our already formed views of life rush to the fore, and the good fortune of our entitlement unceremoniously shoves our Enlightenment aside. “Oh yes, God is good! And we have the goods to prove it.” But what if the light of certainty fades when the gold is not retained or restrained by prayer?
Oops. We are too heavily invested to be tempted by such devilish thoughts.
I am not suggesting that those views are without value or merit. I’d rather say, “The things we affirm will be confirmed. It is the goal that furnishes the gold. It is the heart that guides the feet.”
“On earth, as it is in heaven” requires the enthusiasm of our affirmation, not its evidence. The persistence of our faithful endeavors, summed up in “knock and it will be open, seek and you will find, ask and you shall receive,” suggest an order to and the nature of interactivity that we call reality.
God is good, beckons. It’s an intriguing conclusion while you are yet tripping over the beginnings.
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Peter Peterkin Readers Bureau, Contributor
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