Thursday, February 08, 2007

How do you view God?

What is it that people around me think about our creator. I've noticed that it's not what's on the surface. Most religions claim a loving, caring God. This is the God I believe in. What, I ask do you believe in? Now, hold on, don't answer yet. I've got more to study first.

When you see someone on the street, apparently homeless, and looking all-and-all down on his luck, what do you think? Me, personally, I think that he needs to get a job. But hey, I'm not always a nice guy. Does that mean I wouldn't give him money? Not necessarily, but it does mean that I will be handing him a business card and inviting him to apply for a job where I work. What do you think? How tragic? Hardly.
Beggars make more money than I do! And it'ts all tax free! These people make more than enough on the street to find reasonable clothing, get a job and a basic apartment.

So what do you think when you see that someone's house was destroyed by a hurricane on the news? This is obviously more close to home here in the states with Florida and Louisiana lately. A lot of people think "that's so sad! Somebody should do something" and they choose to do nothing themselves. They are "too busy" or "can't afford" or something to help. Is that how things go with you? Do you get depressed when you see that? I think that they should move and shouldn't be living on a coastline in the first place.

What do you think when you see thieves entering your house? It seems the rationale changes here. Often people get upset, or even angry at this. Most of the time there is a risk that someone (homeowner or thief) will be shot as a result of such an incident. I know that I get angry, but I also understand that he is just another form of that beggar we saw above.

If you responded to the above much like everyone else does, then you might want to pause to think about what that means about your God. If those people that are disheveled are there by a stroke of bad luck, then your God is not just. If those people who's houses are destroyed because they live on a fault line need federal aid, then your God is not merciful. If your God is not just or merciful, he is not loving and caring, but cruel. The God that punishes those who are undeserving is not a God at all, but Satan himself. God is just and loving, so God gives people lemons from time to time to return to them the sense of humble acknowledgement that we all need to remember. If that thief deserves a bullet in his leg and not the money in his pocket, why do these others who recieve money that is stolen by force (welfare and FEMA in this case) deserve anything less? Think about how you really view your deity.


One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. – Thomas B. Reed (1886)

The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates. – Tacitus

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