reply to post by Republican08
I listened to a sermon one night (LATE at night) on TV in 2005 when it caught my attention. It was an old preacher talking about his own thoughts on
this and how God seems so absent at the times he is needed the most.
He talked about an old lady, a lady he knew well, that had walked out in front of his church one day after a wedding and got plowed over, killed
instantly. The assailant ended up being a drunk driver. But why would god allow such a thing to such a goodhearted, innocent human being?
And what about the kids being murdered and raped in the world, why would God allow such things to happen to these innocent kids?
And why would God allow good people close to us to die needlessly at the hands of diseases, cancers and murderers? These are good people.
The preacher was in a state of deep depression, "questioning his faith", he said, after experiencing the tragic deaths of good, honest friends and
What he said though really got me thinking..
What he really said (apart from the biblical passages) was that while it might seem like God is not in control or that he is non-existent, he really
is. And that while it might seem ridiculous for God to allow the needless death of a 90 year old lady at the hands of another human being, it is
really all part of God's plan and how it is utterly impossible for us to know what that plan entails.
In a way, at the time, I honestly thought it was a copout! I was pissed off at the guy in a way. I watched the entire sermon (Me, a non-religious,
non-Christian) for this?!
But I started thinking about it over the next day or two and it makes complete sense! At the time I, myself, was traveling a pretty rough road in my
life too. 2 years before, my wife at the time had left me. 2 months before, my roommate of almost 2 years moved out without warning to live with the
girl I introduced him to.. Only to leave me with all the bills (which I couldn't pay for). Then, 3 days after I saw that sermon on TV, my apartment
and everything in it was lost in a fire. I go to sleep one night in January, I wake up at about 7am with fire singing my hair and burning my
eyebrows. The fire was billowing up the wall right next to my bed and at first I thought I was dreaming the entire thing! I'm lucky I woke up. I'm
probably luckier to be alive at all.
The cause for the fire was never determined. But I had lost everything I owned and I felt pretty alone.
It occurred to me that this guy was probably on to something though. What a revolutionary way of looking at things. Even if there is no god at all,
and even if god only exists as some kind of human group subconscious, or even time itself.. The seemingly random progression of human events on this
planet are not so random! Every human action is pre-thought before the actions take place. Every seemingly meaningless random event in the universe
occurs because something else happened to cause it to happen and every seemingly random grouping of events adhere to very precise mathematic
equations. There might not be a god, but there are absolutely no coincidences! We are only alive because events haven't transpired yet to cause our
deaths (and we are all going to die). God may or may not even have anything to do with it. That is an assumption.
The day after the fire, I went into a deep depression (as if I wasn't already depressed) and for a while I was having pretty horrific nightmares
involving the blaze. But the very next day after the fire, I felt like the wreckage of the past was instantly erased and that I was given a blank
slate. This might even sound kind of stupid, but I felt reborn! Everything I owned was gone except for me, my red boxer shorts with polar bears on
them, and my pickup truck. But I had everything! I finally really got it. I had always underestimated what it really meant to be alive on this
planet. I don't take that lightly anymore.
Good people I had never even met came out of the woodwork to give me support, clothes, shoes, shirts, a coat, my family gave me a place to stay and
everything worked out!!
We are given a very short time to be alive. Regardless of any argument for or against the existence of God, this is always going to be true. My
point is to not dwell on why God does or doesn't do something. If God is real, I doubt it wouldn't exist to cater to human will or otherwise
intervene on the behalf of certain people for whatever reason. Why would that be God's job anyway?!
I'm perfectly content in a world without a God. Because regardless of whether or not God exists, it wouldn't impact my outlook on life. So many
people are so consumed with whether or not God exists and why. All I can say is.. Why even worry about it? It's not like we would ever know anyway!
There are much more pressing issues that directly affect human beings on this planet that we CAN influence ourselves. And it all starts with
influencing other people in a positive way.
It might seem futile to even try but it is the only way to really be and feel alive. And whether people realize it or not, the power of human
interaction affects everything. Otherwise, we are all just wasting away waiting for death. And who wants to do that?!
We can dwell on the sick, dimented human tendencies for murder, violence, etc.. but it doesn't change the fact that we are still here and still
alive. We still have time to live our lives and affect the world how we see fit. We have so much potential to do good things in this world and the
only thing missing is the human willpower to make that happen. People just underestimate the power they really have.