“Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself” God
The idea that there are many paths to God is something I strongly disagree with. If God was a location on a map could there be many ways to go there? Also most religions claim exclusivity or that they are the only ‘true’ divine path. But in a world for of so much suffering and evil could a God of Love exist?
I must emphatically say yes. In fact the existence of evil proves the reality of God. How so?
Man is given free choice. In truth we can do whatever we choose in this life. There may be consequences for our actions but still we can do as we choose. We don’t have to go to work but then again the bills won’t get paid. We can steal but we might get thrown in jail. This freedom to act is very important.
Now the overwhelming amount of evil is undeniable. There are wars, famine, abject poverty, the list of tragedies is quite long. Now what would happen to the world if we just obeyed that one simple of command of “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself”. I imagine about ninety percent of our problems would vanish. There would be no more war and weapons of war wouldn’t even be produced. There would be no more hunger as if you saw a hungry person you’d feed them, because that is exactly how you would want to be treated in their place. I think you get the idea.
We need to stop imagining God as some tyrant sitting on a throne. God is both a spirit and He is Love. What does that exactly mean? When we obey God and His commands our behavior conforms into an existence of love. With forgiveness, mercy, grace, truth, kindness, joy, Love, peace, and all those wonderful things God provides life reaches its zenith.
Another important aspect of understanding God is that this life is not all that there is to existence. If this life was all that we had I would say that God was most unjust. After all innocent babies starve to death, while wicked despots, tyrants, and selfish people live in lavish luxury without a care. Not only is there no vengeance in this world but there is also no justice. But with the understanding that everybody one day will come before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ to answer for how they lived their life another picture is presented. People haven’t escaped their evil but rather the time to pay for their wickedness has just been put off for a little while.
I believe that God shapes our destiny. Not that He is some puppet matter dictating every single move that we make. But rather, God to has His freedom to act and guide the affairs of men. I remember in college that I was interested in pledging a fraternity. The one fraternity that I preferred wound up never giving me a bid so I pledged another. Don’t you know it that the neighbor of the second fraternity I pledged was the one to introduce me to Christianity. Looking back I see the hand of God directing my path towards Him.
The hardest thing I find in the world in accepting God is the magnitude of fakes and phonies that come in His name. From the charlatans on cable t.v. to the opportunists in the local churches the world of Christianity is full of frauds. There are many who don’t even understand the rudiments of Jesus’ teachings yet they proclaim themselves as masters and authorities.
The key to faith is to look at the master Jesus Christ. Understand that He was unique in being sinless and that we His followers are imperfect sinners. Understand that many do not have a real faith.
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