reply to post by jmdewey60
Out of . . what?
The universe . . being human?
I don't think that happens for anyone.
....Out of responsibility for the consequences of their actions, particularly harm or indifference to others, I would say.
Others might say "out of hell". After all, if a person believes they have only one life, and that a simple "I believe in Jesus" is all that is
required at the end of that destructive and selfish lifetime for them to have eternal bliss and peace...what incentive is there to actually BE a good
I don't think it works either, but it seems there are
people who go to church regularly, even confession, and then walk out with a brand new
chance to do the same crummy things again, because, well, all that is required is to confess it to a priest, who then says "it's fine, God forgives
Like I said, I don't think they are aware or even consider that the consequences will be paid back upon them
, in this lifetime or the
next. Suffering doled out = suffering returning like a boomerang. Eventually. Until one finally stops being crummy and selfish and indifferent.
At least, I hope so. And my own
shortcoming in that regard is hoping
they get what's coming to them. Not very charitable of me. It's
something I struggle with every day. Not supposed to wish anyone ill, right? Well, I can't stop it; though I try hard to empathize, to understand,
be compassionate, there are
people for whom I have NO SYMPATHY, because they have earned my contempt by their behavior.
I really don't think "God" is that amiable. No, one needs to struggle to get to reunion with the Divine. Just as one has to struggle to learn to
walk when born; humans are born "premature" compared to other mammals due to their size. They mature very slowly, and I think that is a reflection
of our soul's development as well. It takes a bunch of times being human to finally learn how to be worthy of reunion with the Divine.
At least, that's how I feel about it this morning.
Karma makes the most sense to me; not in just a "trendy New Agey fringe loony way because it's cool to say so"...but just as the churches' Book
You reap what you sow.