Entry: Hidden Divinity Thursday, May 27, 2004



God is not obvious. *That's* obvious, however. Sure, once a person is looking for God, there are what can be talken as signs of his existance all over. But that's a whole different can of worms right there, seeing God in everyday life. Anyhow, wouldn't life be much easier if God showed up in the sky every morning, and gave us the news, let us bask in His glory, and then let us get on with our day? Nobody would have a doubt about His existance, because He would be RIGHT THERE, staring down at you! You could ask God anything about morals, life, or beg for a favor face to face, instead of talking to the air and assuming somebody is picking up on the other line.

Well, first of all, there would still be people who would stick to their guns and deny His presence, even if it was COMPLETELY obvious that God would there. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Secondly, a completely obvious God would take away from human dignity, actually. The most important aspect of mankind is the fact of free will, and specifically the choice to do good. God loves people so much He gives us the freedom to reject Him. If we do reject Him, He won’t force Himself on us, and I doubt you’d want Him to. We will get what we want, in that case – to be left alone by God. (That’s the true definition of hell, by the way, as accepted today by most theologians: the complete absence of God’s presence.) It would be an injustice if God forced us to love Him, here or in heaven. Then we’d only be literal slaves, pets or robots, as it were. Sure, God is still great and loving, but nobody should want to be reduced to that. We have the CHOICE to love God. That is one of the greatest gifts to ever ask for. We can can choose to have the best thing ever, instead of just automatically doing it.

What else would you have God do with someone who rejects Him, take him/her to heaven and force him/her to be in God’s presence and love God for all eternity, when that would only be endless torture for such a person who hates the very idea of God?

God only wants the best for us all, and that is why He has asked us (not forced us) to follow Him and do His will, so that we will earn the eternal joy of being in Heaven, in His presence, not because He wants to make our lives miserable.

We "send" ourselves to Hell, God won’t stop us from choosing it. God allows it because, since we have rejected Him, it is equitable. Would you rather He offend our human dignity and free will by forcing us to love Him back, by cramming it down our throats to accept Him as existing?

I think untimately that's what heaven will be like, though: a place where God *is* evident and observable. God will be constantly and completely understandable, but not because he is now able to force himself on him, but because we made the final choice, and when we died, we choose to trust God, so now we gave all we can give, and God returns that faith with Himself.

Thank you, and God bless.


~The Cow

   4 comments

Megiddo
May 31, 2004   06:18 PM PDT
 
I'd have to agree with Herm!


"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

Don't even get me started there....
Herm
May 28, 2004   03:03 PM PDT
 
Fabulous, Cowe and Alex, fabulous. :)
Alex
May 28, 2004   12:04 PM PDT
 
Oh, and God Bless you too!
Alex
May 28, 2004   12:04 PM PDT
 
That was very good! Although...

Heh heh, I was just thinking about St. Paul being knocked off his horse, and blinded ;)

I also think that when people are sent to Hell, they have to realize at one point or another that Hell, is a very real place! And it is very realistically, the worst thing that could *ever* happen to you!! Because, in Hell, there is no chance of ever being happy again! There is no pity for the souls of the damned; and worst of all, there is no God for them to turn to for help, when at last they realize this torment that can stand no longer will not cease, but burn for eternity! It's not just the alternative to heaven; it's completely the opposite of heaven!

I actually, sometimes would like to think that one of the reasons Hell is so terrible, is that it is absolutely, and completely devoid of love! This is actually a fact because the Holy Spirit *is* love, and He sure as ...heck... isn't there. But I think alot of souls that go to Hell probably don't have any idea what it's like not to experience love. Because even the most miserable soul on earth, is still under the constant longing of a heavenly love they cannot escape....until. Even if you aren't loved by any human being on earth, God still loves you... until you're in Hell.

Well, that's my fire-and-brimstone reflection for the day...:)

All in all Cow, that was a very well thought out paper! Huzzah!

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