In pondering the question of why such a gentleman of a God allows bad things to happen, I came to the conclusion that many unwanted things happened in my life because of the choices I made with my free will. If God knew how flawed I would be and that I was going to make bad decisions, then why gift to me something so powerful as free will? In getting to know God, I realized it was not only because He wanted me to experience true love, it was also because He wanted me to live life to my highest potential.
God could have programmed every moment, every decision and every feeling of my life.
He wants me to truly love and to feel truly loved in return. I am thankful for the freedom to choose. I am thankful that I am not an unthinking and unfeeling robot made of flesh. After all, I can't recall not even one moment when I've witnessed a robot enjoying life. I've never seen a robot hug, laugh, or look deeply into someone's eyes. I am sure all of these responses could be programmed into a robot but they would never be truly felt, let alone, appreciated.
God could have programmed every moment, every decision and every feeling of my life into me during my creation but He did not. He wanted me to have those feelings and moments for myself. He wanted me to experience a truly fulfilling life. Free will is just one of the gifts He gave me to make this happen.
Free will is not a one way thing.
Free will is not a one way thing. I don't get to choose everything I want minus the consequences. Having faith does not absolve me of the repercussions of bad decisions. Bad decisions and consequences reminds me of the old adage of a young kid trying to touch the flame on the stove.
Mom or dad sees the youngster reaching for the flame and tells them not to touch it. They have the life experience and foresight to know better, to know what results from touching the flame. The youngster is so enamored and amazed by this flame that it can't believe that anything harmful could come from something so wondrous. The youngster touches the flame and of course, gets burnt.
We adult humans do this all the time. I know there were numerous times I ignored voices of love and experience because I could not see the link between the action and the consequence I was being warned of. I made seriously bad decisions without fully knowing the length of the consequences. Sometimes decisions can affect generations to come, like the ripples caused by a peddle tossed in an ocean.
Likewise, there's an almost endless sea of possibilities and outcomes as a result of the decisions we make. I've learned for myself that God didn't just leave me here on Earth without any help to maneuver through the infinite possibilities. God gave us Commandments and other teachings to do more than just help us to not get burnt. They were given to us so that we may flourish.
He didn't give us guidelines because He is a punishing God but because He is a loving one.
There is so much for us humans to take in that we will never figure it all out. God already knows what will harm us and what will help us. He is aware of what will bring us joy and what will lead to sadness. He already knows the answers to all the important questions that His family here on Earth will ask.
His instructions are not something God gave us to suppress us or make life less enjoyable. He didn't give us guidelines because He is a punishing God but because He is a loving one. He gave us instructions to help us handle our free will. He wanted us to be able to explore and enjoy life without fear of the unknown.
Getting to know the Giver of the gifts helped me to more fully grasp the intent with which the gifts were given. Getting to know the Giver of the gifts also helped me better understand the instructions and guidelines. Everything God does for us is done out of love. When I think about the gifts He has given me, I can come to no other conclusion.
How have you been able to use one of your God given gifts to help others or how has someone used their God given gift to help you?
I want to help uplift, inspire and empower others and to help leave the world a little better than I found it. I am an author, deep thinker & optimist. I know God is love. I am the author of "Candidreams: I Remember the Beginning" and "Role Reversal: Turn Pain Into Power".
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