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DOES GOD EXPECT US TO DO GOD’S WORK?

The Creator of this conceivably infinite universe–indeed, conceivably, an infinity of infinite universes–is perceived by us as Yahweh, God, Allah, the Great Spirit, and numerous other names, including the Creator.

And the Creator is perceived by us as masculine, feminine, or neuter (he, she, or it), or none of these–or all of these.

Yet in most English-speaking countries, including the United States, the Creator is most often perceived of as God, and as masculine.

Many of us are averse to using the name, God, though they need not be–it’s just a name.

And many of us claim that there is no God (just as many of us claim that God belongs to them–that God favors them, or their group, above all others, or all other groups).

Those of us who claim that there is no God usually point to the apparent absence of God’s intervention in human affairs–indeed in this universe, at all–as evidence that there is no God.

Yet the possibility that God chooses not to intervene–that God sees the truth, but waits–doesn’t occur to them (i.e. they consider themselves atheists, when they can more accurately consider themselves deists).

Many of us believe that God intervenes in all human affairs–indeed that God intervenes in every individual aspect of any, or every, individual human being’s life.

Some of these tend to praise God for everything that goes well in their lives–but blame themselves, others, or no one, for everything that goes badly in their lives.

Others of these tend to praise themselves, others, or no one, for everything that goes well in their lives–but blame God for everything that goes badly in their lives.

Those of us who believe that God chooses not to intervene–that God sees the truth, but waits–can avoid the dilemmas faced by those of us who believe the reverse.

Yet we cannot avoid the question why.

If God chooses not to intervene in human affairs–indeed in this universe, at all–why?

Is God indifferent to us?

Is God unaware of us?

Or is God totally interested in us, totally aware of us–yet expecting us to act as God in this universe?

Does God expect us to do God’s work?

WHY WAIT? WHY NOT WAIT?

I am especially drawn to story titles that are complete sentences.  At this moment, I have a book opened to a story with the most profound title I’ve ever read. 

GOD SEES THE TRUTH, BUT WAITS

This story was written by Leo Tolstoy.  I have actually, for the first time, scanned the story itself–considering whether to read it.  And frankly, I see no need.  The title itself says everything–Tolstoy really didn’t need to add a story to it.

GOD SEES THE TRUTH, BUT WAITS.

In other words, our Creator (God) is quite aware, not only of our existence, but of everything we do and everything that is done to us.  This means our Creator is quite aware of the suffering we humans have always endured, yet chooses not to get involved.  For every incidence of seeming divine intervention, there are dozens, hundreds, thousands, millions of incidences of obvious non-intervention. 

Why?

There is no evidence that our Creator is benevolent toward us.  And there is no evidence that our Creator is malevolent toward us.  If anything, all evidence suggests that our Creator is simply indifferent toward us.  But this seems illogical.  Why would our Creator, being fully aware of us, yet not malevolent toward us, be indifferent–since indifference itself is malevolent?

The only reasonable conclusion we can make is that our Creator chooses not to intervene in our lives–for a reason only our Creator knows.

In other words, God sees the truth, but waits.  And we don’t know why God waits–only God knows.

Yet I get the feeling that, because God waits, we must wait too.


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