'The Possibility For the Best of Worlds '
by Mai-Anh Le
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“Seeing Through God’s Magnifying Eyes - Part II”
August 30, 2005
"The Possibility For the Best of Worlds "
Given the understandings gained from the discussion in Part I of this series, “Seeing Through God’s Magnifying Eyes,” I would like to suggest a bold and challenging food for thought. No doubt there will be disagreements but if nothing else, let’s consider this statement as an exercise of sort a stimulation for our minds. First, we’ve established in Part I that God’s divine intervention or lack there of in our life is consequent to His forethought of the outcomes of His action. Further more, understanding that we have a limited view of our life when God has to consider the whole world from beginning to end, it is not guaranteed that everything we desire will produce the most positive outcomes. Hence from there, by our Christian beliefs we know that, 1) God has over come all evil 2) God always has our best intentions in mind, and that 3) He wants the fullest joy for our lives. If we believe that everything up to this point is true then we also have to believe that this world, with all its good and evil, from the beginning of time until the end of time is the best of all possible worlds we could live in. Given free moral agents, this world has the least possible evil and suffering in it that there can be.
How can I say something so insane? How can I be so obtuse? It is not as silly of a position to take as one might initially imagine. Logically, if God is good, if He loves us, if God always has our best intentions in mind, and if He is always in control of things even when bad things happen, doesn’t that mean this has to be the best of all possible worlds? For us to say otherwise would we be indirectly slandering the Lord’s name by questioning the extent of His love? Why would it be so wrong for us to assume that our God, who we know only wants the best for us, would create the best of all possible worlds for us to live in? Given free moral agents, this world has the least possible evil and suffering in it that there can be. We already know from science and Astrologers that there is nothing random or arbitrary about this universe at all. This world was not created as a resultant of some accident. Instead it was the Lord who lined every tiny element in place so that humanity can exist and prosper on this world. If He went through the trouble of considering that would He not just continue the thought process and make it the best possible of all worlds too instead of some lesser “Bizzaro World”?
Perhaps some people’s problem with accepting this statement is the reality that so much suffering exists. How can we say that this is the best possible world when disease, famine, war, and other terrorist acts like those carried out on September 11, 2001 exist? Be that as it may, in order for this to be some lesser “Bizzaro World” it would have to be that God did not want us to have the best. With all the ways He has shown us the extent of His love for mankind that just does not sound characteristic of Him. Why would God ask His own Son to sacrifice His life for our salvation, but then not want to give us the best world to live in? The fact is, this world has existed for many thousands of years, and within its life time many great things have happened just as many evil things did as well. And we have yet to see what the years of tomorrow will bring. Every version of earth will contain both good and evil elements in it as long as there remains the devil, God and our gift from God of free will. As mentioned before all three forces contribute to the occurrences of the world, all which can affect each other in a positive or negative way. But amongst the three God is the only Being that actually takes into consideration the welfare of all humanity from the beginning of time until the end of time before He intervenes. In addition to that God is the only Being who can conquer all powers including evil.
Unfortunately, here is where the doubtful believers and the non-believers will question God’s existence again saying: If a loving and all-powerful God exists why is there suffering in this world AT ALL? I’ve thought long and hard over this question and after contemplating on all the arguments that would come up to challenge what most Scripture Scholars would offer for answers and evidence, I realized this would take yet another challenging and detailed discussion to do God justice.
(See Part III - SUFFERING & GOD'S ROLE IN IT.)
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