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Good Intentions and a Perfect World

Updated on July 18, 2017
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Paul is an explorer of spiritual well being, and he hopes that his articles reflect this, as well as his firm belief that life is good.

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Food for Thought

I have always felt that there exists a perfection behind everything that is. It lies at the heart of reality. I cannot imagine it any other way. We are all a part of this reality, as is the world. Therefore, I believe that we all possess and must possess at least some of this perfection.

Imagine a perfect world. This is not an imagining of the pretending kind; it is an imagining as a means to uncover that which is there yet hidden beneath the layers of reality that appear to us as so much less than perfect.

It may be difficult to imagine a perfect world because, after all, we are obviously less than perfect beings. Or perhaps we are just fallen, fallen like apples. But the tree that we are fallen from is a good tree, and whether or not we have fallen near the tree or far from the tree, we remain of the tree. It also appears that something may have been lost, lost in translation perhaps, the translation of something that lies beyond language and understanding into that which we can contemplate and utter words to. Like trying to make sense of some nighttime dream, we seek to bring to light that which we know is there, yet difficult to describe and articulate. But the perfection is there. Some call it consciousness; others call it source .Some call it God. And what is of the core is also of the whole, the perfection that permeates all. Some call this Spirit.



It is Good

If perfection seems too strong of a word to describe this fundamental reality, we can at least say that it is good. Why is it good? Or we could also ask: why do some things feel good, while others do not. Compassion feels better than hate. Calmness of temper feels better than anger. Calmness of mind feels better than stress. Kindness feels better than meanness. Compassion, calmness and kindness make us smile, while hate, anger, and meanness make us frown. And smiling feels better than frowning.

When things are good, we seem to be connected in some way to something higher, something finer, than that of our supposedly imperfect world. When things are going well, we might say that we are in tune. When we are enjoying some peace of mind, we may say that we are at one with the universe. When we experience rhythm and ease while working or during some athletic or creative activity, we say that we are in the flow. And we all, at times, must of had those very good days where we look back and say that everything is alright with the world. These are all real things, physical things, part of the physical universe, the universe that we feel so much a part of when things are good.


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Good Intentions

Imagine a perfect world, a reality that has perfection at its heart. The universe is part of this reality, and the stars and their worlds are part of the universe. Our sun and our good earth are products of the universe, and we as human beings are products of the sun and the earth. There are those who study this physical realm, looking deep into reality at its tiniest levels. Much has been learned, discovered, and uncovered, and among the conclusions, by way of theories, that have been reached in modern times, are the ideas that there may be an inherent randomness in the universe, and that it is governed more by probabilities than certainties. God is playing dice with the universe! Or is He?

When we think of randomness and probabilities, we may think of things like chance and luck. It all just makes the world seem that much more imperfect, one big mess. But if we look at it a little differently, all that randomness and uncertainty can be seen as a kind of flexibility, something we can work with. We are being given some leeway, margins of error, windows of opportunity. This is where things like free will and creativity arise from. Being more than the ability to choose between good and bad, free will is the ability to choose direction and purpose.

We put this flexibility to work for us through our good intentions. With our good intentions, we just may be able to steer things in positive directions, creating better scenarios, or uncovering the more perfect scenarios that are already there, the scenarios that some may refer to as God's will.

We are more than human beings, more than physical beings; we are spiritual beings, and it is through our spiritual nature that we are connected and in tune. If there exist intentions that are something other than good, they are weak because they have nothing to connect with. With our good intentions, we do good things. Yes, good intentions can and do produce good results.


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Troubles

When times are tough, all this stuff may become just a bunch of words. When we suffer tragedy and loss, many of us will question our faith, the idea of a perfect world becoming nonsense. The same can be said when we suffer at the hands of hateful and hurtful people. Extreme events of nature can bring us to our knees. How can these things happen? "Why?", we ask. It may also be that we suffer by our own hand, with our self defeating behaviors and not so good habits. And there are always some disappointments and frustrations in our lives, and just some plain old difficult days.

Some of these hurts are of the kind that we can never seem to be reconciled with. As for some other of these hurts, there are those who look back on them and see them as a part of their growth. Some look back at certain trials as necessary events that led them to where they are today. But try telling that to someone who is in the thick of it. Looks like some of that randomness and uncertainty does lead to some messed up things in the world and in our lives. Any way you look at it, human suffering is real, part of the equation, as one might say. Yes, human suffering is real. Just ask the man who died on the cross

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Love

Like those who look deep into physical reality, we can look deep into ourselves, discovering and uncovering the good that lies within our hearts. We can also look outside of ourselves for the good that is the whole, the perfection that is Spirit. We open our hearts to this perfection and become one. And when we do this, we may find ourselves receiving assistance in finding our way, guidance in moving forward in the face of adversity. The perfection from within and the perfection from without is what we call love. This is God intention. When we align our good intentions with God intention, love reigns supreme.

So we continue on, reminding ourselves that we have the choice to live in loving ways, and if we find ourselves moving away from that path, all we have to do is to turn our heads, and the loving path will be there; it is the brighter path, the feel good path. When there are obstacles, we look towards love, because, as they say, love will find a way. We use our good intentions to create atmospheres in which people may be that much less likely to hate or to hurt, atmospheres in which we can rise to any occasion, helping others in their adversities. We can create better worlds.


In a Perfect World

This is all just food for thought, no magic formula or 'how to' guide here. Some may see it as mere optimism, positive thinking, or perhaps a little over optimism. Others may look at it as a bunch of double talk, circular reasoning. And there are those who may say something like, "Its all well and good but I'll stick to my faith and my prayers, thank you very much!" It's a beautiful thing.

And with all the not so very good things that happen all around us, 'perfect' may seem to be too strong of a word to use to describe reality or anything else these days. But as I was walking one day, thinking about all this stuff, and it's funny how these things work, a woman passed by with her three dogs, and asked me, "Enjoying the sunshine today?" I said, "Yes, it's a beautiful day." And she said, "Perfect, isn't it?" Hey, what could I say?


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      glynch1 20 months ago

      Only the biblical world view flawlessly describes reality. God created a "very good" world, but mankind's fall through disobedience corrupted it. By God's common grace, some "good" things remain; those "good" things are the nice things God allows all of us to experience. But we cannot recover the "good" by aligning ourselves with God because our sin does not permit it.

      We are fallen creatures living in a fallen world that God will not restore until Christ returns to the Earth, reverses the curse, and sets up His millennial kingdom. Even then, things will not be perfect. Not until He creates a new heavens and a new earth will life be truly perfect, but only for those who have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A marvelous treatment of a very important concept to ponder. I lean toward everything being exactly the way it is supposed to be. But I stop short of accepting that as I go about my day to day. Irritants really come from our inside out I think.

      Thank you

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      Paul K Francis 20 months ago from east coast,USA

      Thank you glynch1 for your input; it's the kind of thing I am looking for. I am very much interested in the mysteries of the physical world. I do not think this is at odds with my religious beliefs. I look for connections, but I do so with reverence and humility. Have a great day.

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      Paul K Francis 20 months ago from east coast,USA

      Thank you Eric for your good words and ideas. I think about these things often, and the good thing is that if I find myself over-thinking, I can just let it go. It's a win-win situation. Have a great day.

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      William Kovacic 20 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      As glynch says, "Not until He creates a new heavens and a new earth will life be truly perfect. . ." and I can hardly wait. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Paul K Francis 20 months ago from east coast,USA

      Well, I can't argue with that. Thank you, lifegate, for reading and commenting.

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      Lawrence Hebb 19 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Paul

      I really liked and enjoyed the pictures you painted with words. If only our world was perfect? Then again imperfect me would probably mess it up!

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Paul K Francis 19 months ago from east coast,USA

      Ha, ha! Mess it up? Not likely, Lawrence. When we open up our hearts to God's plan, we allow a little bit more of that perfection to exist in our lives and our everyday worlds. Thanks for your comment and have a great day.

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      glynch1 19 months ago

      Lawrence,

      In the "new heavens and the new earth," only resurrected, perfected believers will be alive to inhabit them. So, there will be no chance for imperfection to creep in and mess things up.

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      glynch1 19 months ago

      Paul,

      I am not sure I know what you mean by "open up our hearts to God's plan" and "allow a little bit more of that perfection to exist in our lives." Please explain.

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      Paul K Francis 19 months ago from east coast,USA

      glynch,

      I believe God's plan is perfection and love. Opening our hearts is like a deep trusting. I believe that some of God's perfection can enter the world through us when we trust and when we live in loving ways. And when we live in loving ways, like being kind and forgiving, we may be able to help make the world a better place in which to live.

      Have a great day.

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      glynch1 19 months ago

      Paul,

      I agree that the Lord's "plan" for His people is "perfection and love." However, is not retributive justice also part of God's plan? Will He not also send unbelievers into the lake of fire? (Rev. 20:11-15)

      God can and does use those who trust in Him to bring about amazing results in this world; however, I would not go as far as you do in saying that "some of God's perfection can enter the world through us." Nothing is absolutely perfect in this present world. Only when He brings about the eternal state will we witness absolute love in the new heavens and the new earth and absolute justice in the lake of fire.

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      Lawrence Hebb 19 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Folks

      I'm praying for the day when the 'perfect comes' (in the resurrection) but at the same time I think I'll miss the 'imperfections'

      I remember reading the 'Left behind series' and was really enjoying it until I read that in their view all the Mountains will be flattened (I know the Bible says it too!) and I was really annoyed as I love Monutains!!! I'd have a hard time in a place without them!!

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      glynch1 19 months ago

      Sometimes "mountains" are symbolic of kingdoms. However, if La Haye did mention the flattening of actual mountains, he undoubtedly was talking about what will occur during the Great Tribulation. The judgments of the tribulation will level the mountains (Rev. 16:20), but this destruction will occur well before the creation of the new heaven and new earth.

      I'd be interested to know where you found in the Scriptures where the new heavens and the new earth will have no mountains. Revelation 21:1 says that there will be no more sea; it says nothing about the absence of mountains. I believe mountains are part of God's general revelation, and they appear to speak of the majesty of God the Creator. When the New Jerusalem descends from the heavens, and the glory of God illumines the Earth from it, what need will believers have for mountains? Then again, Scripture does not anywhere say (as far as I know) that mountains will not be around during eternity future.

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