Christian Synergy: When God's desire is vulnerable to man's will

While discussing spiritual matters with several work colleagues recently, they became exasperated.

If God existed at all, they reasoned, how could he sit back and simply watch the world turn to hell. To paraphrase one of their comments, "If I was God and witnessed some of the terrible things done by adults to children, I'd zap them with a million volts."

This primal angst is shared by many. Why doesn't God do more? Why does he seem so detached from the events that befall us? Why does he not take a more active hand in preventing heartache and suffering? Where's the justice?

Can't He appear as a voice in each of our heads or a vision in our thoughts to guide and direct [maybe even force] us in the right direction?

The answer is undoubtedly complex, but would seem to have much to do with an intrinsic aspect of Gods Creation best described by the word SYNERGY.

As implausible as it may seem, God appears to have created a place where He is not the only required cog in the machine.

Our universe is a place in which he, though integral, is not the overruling puppet master. This world is not a place where his input annuls all others so that imperfections can be corrected at His whim.

Amazingly, it would seem he created a realm in which we have the power to contravene his will; though not without consequence. A place in which our input can work in accord with his to good, or against it to evil. However, creations design means that the consequences of such evil will play out.

Therefore, being created in Gods image imbues man with incredible power over the world. A God-given power. A power that each of can be held accountable for.

However, surely it is a power for good only when working in synergy with Gods creative plan. Outside that plan it causes the creation to go askew. We see this everywhere, especially over that we have the most direct influence; E.g.: nature, relationships, our health.

That said, God fulfils his role within His creation perfectly; and who are we too say otherwise; after-all it is His creation, not ours. However, inherent in the successful functioning of His creative design is the need for each aspect of His creation to fulfil its own part. Whether that be supporting, nurturing or complimenting other aspects of the creation.

Some of those parts --such as we see in nature-- fulfil their roles instinctively, programmatically. Mankind is the only part of Gods creation that operates as God does, by their will.

And there lays the problem. For man has presumed that free-will equates to free-to-do-as-they-please... without consequence; and the world is now what it is.

Rather, God's purpose in imaging man after himself, is that man would aspire to reflect that image. Not choose a course opposed to it, but in accord to it. Once in accord, the resulting harmony fulfils not only Gods desire, but achieves for man the greatest sense of fulfilment.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Incredible and inspiring. An amazing point of view. Never quite thought about it in this way leaves lots to consider. Passing this on.


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parrster 3 years ago from Oz Author

Thanks Gypsy Rose. It is a point of view I've only recently come to.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Parrster, is it really that simple? Thanks for sharing your perspective so clearly.


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parrster 3 years ago from Oz Author

@MsDora ~ Thanks for reading and commenting. I think God's purposeful design was/is very simple, it is man's sin that complicated everything. God's solution through Christ is simple, but again, man complicates it. God makes things simple and harmonious. Man makes things complex and chaotic.


purposefulwanderer 3 years ago

To posit a creator who creates a universe in which his will cannot be brought about without the cooperation of his creation is logically inconsistent; you're again left with the option that this Creator is not powerful enough to execute his will without help, or he is up to some other mysterious purpose by not acting upon his will for the good of mankind.

The first option is scary for the believer shackled to orthodoxy, but many people who have left this behind have been able to elucidate quite beautiful theories about this God; the second is frightfully offensive to anyone who's experienced/witnessed true suffering firsthand.


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parrster 3 years ago from Oz Author

@purposefulwanderer (LC) ~ Thanks for such a thought provoking comment. If we limit God's options only to getting his way, or always meeting our perception of what's best for man, then, yes, maybe what you say would be true. However, is God limited to those options?

His will was to create beings of free-will. He required no help to achieve this.

For such beings, the "good of mankind" became to live in harmony with God; and such is God's great desire. But it is also not something he can will into existence without contradicting his creative design. Therefore, creation is a place in which Gods desire for man can only be achieved if they first seek and agree with him (Trust & obey).

Jesus Christ was a good example of one who "experienced true suffering firsthand", he was not offended by God. He understood he had free will to trust God, or not. He understood God's great desire for man's best. He also understood that desire was something only accomplished through man's will. And he, for his part, fulfilled that. Jesus said, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me." (Jn 6:38)


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Cgenaea 2 years ago from Illinois

You have captured, according to scripture, very well. Our will must align with his will in order to understand. It is so amazing how that works.

Nice work! :)


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parrster 2 years ago from Oz Author

@Cgenaea ~ thanks for commenting. It's one of the paradoxes of faith, that until we step out with faith it can't grow.

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