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Random Ramblings: Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen
Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?
I feel I need to harp a bit on this point, because people are always railing against God. They say, "Why me? Why did this have to happen to her? How could God have allowed this to happen?" People either turn their backs on God completely, or they put their total faith in "Him" and allow their children to die, by "His will".
Lately, there is a very strong movement towards the secular, trying to prove that God doesn't exist. This is very horrifying to me, because God exists everywhere around us. We are completely permeated in God, and yet, we are really beginning to not see the miracle of simple LIFE around us. In all the Milky Way, in all the Universe, Life is more sparingly distributed than the most precious of minerals. We are a frigging miracle, people, and we have become jaded by it.
Tiny Individual Stars; A Much Larger Purpose?
You have this one cell called an egg and this one cell called a sperm, and each contains a multitude of complex information. They unite, and the cells start to divide. They form skin, bones, organs that all work together perfectly - they form an organism that can fully function on it's own, with an arsenal of immune cells and glands that secrete all sorts of enzymes that effect everything from emotion to blood sugar levels. These cells don't think, they just grow and become what they are destined to become, but they wouldn't grow at all if they weren't animated by something, some spark, some energy. They become a complex network of nerves, muscle, bone, all united to create one creature. How do they do that? How do they KNOW to do that? Where is the map they follow, who is reading the instructions to them?
WE can't do that. We can't just create a complex organism, or even machine, instinctively, and have it come out as a perfectly functioning unit. Even people who put together the same machine every day in a factory can't do it without notes and instructions. And when we fill it with energy, does the energy make the machine a fully functioning entity? Can it protect itself, fuel itself, think for itself? No, it doesn't. No, it can't.
All around you, on all sides of you, plant, animal, insect, bird, fish, human - these miracles of complexity exist, and people say they just happen. They just take it all for granted. You ARE one of these entities. Do you remember how you grew into a child? Do you know how your heart works, how the air is used when you breathe? No, we don't. We've had to rip life apart to find out how it works, and we still don't know how it works. And still, people take it all for granted.
Science has Proven - Life is a Rare Commodity
People say there is no proof of God. It's EVERYWHERE! How can it not be seen? Einstein was so right when he said, either you see the world as a complete miracle, or you take it all for granted. I see it as a complete miracle - the more I learn of science, the more it proves to me that God exists - not as a superhuman being, but as the driving force behind what makes cells divide into these amazingly complex life forms....trees, dogs, fish, worms.... us. And these cells... these cells would not even be able to divide and grow without the energy that inhabits them. Inhabits them from the time they are a simple egg and sperm, not yet united.
The way I see it, God is like looking at yourself. You are the God of yourself. Your body is made up of all these tiny cells, each one living separately, but unable to survive without the other cells around it - they are part of a bigger system. Each cell does it's own thing, serves it's own purpose, does it's own work. Blood cells take food and oxygen to and from other cells throughout the body. They travel this great highway system of arteries and veins. Do they know that they are part of a larger organism, or do they just do their own thing?
Tiny Individual Cells; Much Larger Purpose
We all go around doing our own thing. Do we know we are a part of a larger organism? ARE we part of a larger organism?
So, we are aware, thinking from our HQ, the brain. But we have no control of all these cells, not really. They all do their own thing, kind of like free will. They do what they are made to do, following a basic program. We all come with a basic program. But we, as a complete, complex entity, we can make the whole do what WE want it to do.
We can smoke, for instance. Our lungs cough and hack, because smoke isn't good for our cells and they know this - we consciously TEACH our cells to accept the smoke, become accustomed to it, and eventually become addicted to it. Then when we try to STOP smoking, our body goes against our will and demands it.
If we get a disease, we can cut it out - we can make the conscious decision to do that. We remove the cells that are causing bad things to happen, and we also remove some of the good cells to ensure we have gotten ALL of the bad ones, to make sure they don't come back. It's an abrupt removal of something, taking away both the good and the bad, and we want to know, "Why me?" But in order to make things right again, a great sacrifice has to be made.
So if we look at ourselves, as God - we are the God of our own bodies. We can make decisions for it. It can revolt against our decisions by coughing or vomiting, trying to expel what we put into it, or it can accept that we know what's good for it and become accustomed to what we demand that it get used to.
And maybe it can rant and scream as to why parts of it are removed when we have a life-saving surgery.
Lots of things happen to us that we don't understand, and I think a lot of it is meant to happen - I believe in destiny, in fate, in karma - and I also believe just plain, random chaos. Sometimes things happen that we don't understand because we don't have the bigger picture, like the cells in our liver don't have the bigger picture as to why we drink or take too much Tylenol. It doesn't understand that the larger organism is suffering from pain, illness, or alcoholism, or just plain depression from the effects of life - it only knows that it's getting broken down trying to process the chemicals and poisons siphoning through it. It continues to do it's job for as long as it can, for the sake of the whole. Does it even know that?
Of course not. Cells don't think. (Do they?) People do. People using their free will. People are free to use good judgement, or bad, and the fate of the cells is completely dependent on the thoughts going on in the head.
The Brain and the Universe
When you look inward, at your body, from that perspective, and then you look outward, at the larger picture - at God.... it makes you think about things a little differently, doesn't it? I guess we have to hope that God knows what "He" is doing, and has our best interests at heart. It might be more accurate to think "He" has "HIS" own best interests at heart, and we are along for the ride, helpless and out of control.
I don't think so, though. I don't think cells think, I think we think. And if we are capable of thinking and our cells are not, then it would logically play out that God would have higher abilities than we do, if we stand on the level of cells to him.
Thinking along these lines, the question was, why does God let bad things happen? Well, do we love our own bodies, do we take good care of them? Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. But we couldn't exist without them, we couldn't do ANYTHING without them. They should mean everything to us, we should be taking the best care possible of ourselves. But we don't. It makes you wonder what issues God is facing, what "He's" dealing with on a level we can't possibly even comprehend.
Imagine a cell in your pinky trying to comprehend your life, your kids, your work...
So - is God taking the best possible care of us? Or are we supposed to be taking care of HIM, the way our body takes care of US? It strives to survive, putting up with our abuse, siphoning out the poisons we insist on ingesting, healing itself from the broken bones we get from bad decisions we have made. And it heals and continues even when we do so much damage to it that we have to cut parts of it away.
And then, if you look at it even closer, you would realize that what you are is a cell in God's pinky. And what does that make you, then? It makes you God. Doesn't it?
Just some random blather - things to think about.