'The Realities of Life'
by Mai-Anh Le
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“Seeing Through God’s Magnifying Eyes - Part I”
August 29, 2005 †
"The Realities of Life"
Hollywood made a movie a while back called Bruce Almighty. It was a story about a character named Bruce, played by actor Jim Carry, who always seems to have constant misfortunes and struggles in his life. He blames his ailed luck on God and God’s timing which never seemed to coincide with Bruce’s time. Out of frustration he curses and swears at God, challenging that he could do a better job if given the chance. Of course when he gets the chance, Bruce quickly learns how complicated being god can be and relinquishes the honors back to the true Man. Though we might have never been granted the opportunity to play god, but probably out of our limited understanding of God and His ways, we too like the character Bruce might have felt there are a couple things of the world which we would make differently. We look around at the world and at our own lives and upon seeing things that are less than perfect, we question why did God let this be so. In our impatience, everything on this planet should have been perfect yesterday, but if that were so what need then would we have for heaven?
The interesting point about this movie is not that man discovers he makes a lousy god, that’s too obvious. Rather, the interest lies in the answer that God offers to the character Bruce, which in this case can represent all of us, and that is, being God is complicated even for God. We wonder often why sometime God does not answer our prayers in the way we want and when we want Him to. Why does God not fix all that is wrong in the world so that everything is perfect? The answer is this; there are three influences in the happenings of our world. The first and over all power obviously, is God and what He commands. The second is man because we are permitted free will, to do or not to do as we decide. And the third is evil, what it does itself and what it is able to seduce mankind into doing for it, also referred to as sin. Every one of these forces can cause an action and counter action to occur between all three forces. Added to that, you and I do not live on this planet alone. There are millions of others who also have the gift of free will and they too have their wishes and prayers. Since we all live in a connected world, no man is an island unto himself, it is impossible for us to assume that God can do something for us without it having an effect on someone else, in or out of our lives. To think so would be rather arrogant. A person could of course make the argument here that nothing is impossible with God, and it would be difficult to answer this statement without going into a lengthy discussion about why is there suffering in the world. This will come later.
Hence, it would be easy for us to understand now why God must do things according to His own time and His own will. We do not have access to the grand view of the world in its entirety as God does. He has to consider everything from the beginning of time until the end of time, for all are capable of effecting and influencing the outcome of the other no matter where the action lies in the world’s time line. Of course being all-powerful, God can make anything happen. But to do so He would have to ignore the reality that what is good for one of us today may bring bad results to another one of us tomorrow. This could be someone we know and love. Therefore, instead of becoming angry and impatient with God when things in our lives are not as we want them to be, we should instead be humble and thank Him for being a gracious God as well as a caring and considerate Father and Protector for us now and for all humanity who belongs to this earth. After all, we all share this planet and are a part of the human family – God’s family.
Let us be humble and learn to have true faith in God, being happy to live by His will and not our own. This does not mean we will not receive the best that our life has to offer. For God’s desire is just that, that “[we] may have life, and have it to the full."(John 10:10). His intense love for us can demand nothing less. Therefore, we must have patience and faith in God because this loving father wants only the best for His children.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PARTS II, III, IV TO REFLECT ON - WHY IS THERE SUFFERING IN OUR WORLD? - THE EXISTANCE OF GOD.
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