...for the revelation and redemption of all things.
I'm not sure I understand. If God 'gives' an organism something that helps it flourish, it is good. But if God 'gives' an organism something that will destroy it, God is ...still good? Were a human to do the same thing, that human would be called a monster. How can God, as an agent, do that which, were any other agent to do it, would be evil? I would very much appreciate some insight on this point, but WITHOUT using the argument that "God is the definer of 'good,' so whatever God does is good by definition."Good is a dualistic concept that, to me, seems to lose it's meaning without an opposite. If God cannot do evil, why not just say "God acts, and God's acts cannot be perceived through dualistic human notions such as good or evil - as God, in Its infinitude, is as far beyond human notions of 'good' as It is beyond human notions of 'evil'?"Also, if God can do no wrong, and all fortune and misfortune are part of God's plan, aren't words like 'tragedy' and 'disaster' meaningless, or even blasphemous, since they denote a dislike for God's large-scale 'gifts,' like hurricanes, famines and floods that kill tens of thousands of people?I'm not trying to be merely clever here. It's just that, to me, these ideas seem to NOT fit together, yet so many people seem to fit them together anyway, and I want to know how this is reasonably possible. Please let me know what you think.I feel sympathy for this man's situation. Though I do not understand his position, I am glad his world is now filled with the light of appreciation, his circumstances notwithstanding.
I like your thoughts. I think some of your confusion arises out of not understanding the situation in the context of a robust Christian theology. Christianity says humanity is broken, we are not only in pain, but we inflict pain. We're not only stuck in a web destruction, we are spinning it. This is the result of being disconnected from our Creator, our Father, our Source of Truth. While this is the state humanity is in, there is the potential for being reconciled with God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. There is great power and hope in this because I know I am more then just this life which passes as breath of air in the grand scheme of things. In fact, "life" itself is redefined. Death is no longer destruction.Through a surrendering to the will and purpose of God, every moment and experience is redefined by this relationship. Sorry this isn't more coherent. It's been a long weekend. I knew if I didn't respond now I might forget about it. I didn't want to leave you hanging because I really appreciated engaging your thoughts, I always do. :)
Thanks David, likewise. I appreciate your thought-provoking blog :)
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