Caryn’s 23 things – and then some

Racing into Library 2.0 with LOL and others

Why bad things happen

Ok, even if no one else uses SF as a meditation aid, there must be a bunch of people who use Bejeweled!  The beauty of the falling gems, the attempts to find and make order for the reward of continuing to do it – it’s very restful.  Like interactive stained glass.

God *can* control everything, but chooses not to.  God appreciates the randomness of the universe on a scale no one else can.  It’s in finding the best answer to every unexpected problem that the satisfaction exists, and that the love is expressed.  How one can possibly have a sense/knowledge of randomness while living outside time is something only God can understand!  So wish people “good luck,” and realize that if you survived the plane wreck and someone else didn’t, the event wasn’t God’s choice.  God allows this randomness so that you and Te can work out your responses to it together.  Some people respond by turning their lives to better purpose than before, and that’s certainly what God wants to help each of us do.  Some people turn fearful, especially on behalf of their loved ones, and give those people situations they, in turn, have to take to God to work out for the best.  As CS Lewis expressed, the whole point is to make us the kind of people who can each, uniquely, enjoy and live in and grow in, Heaven.

God creates order out of chaos.  In order for that to happen, there has to be some chaos in the first place.  God could impose order from the top down, but that would leave us out of it – we’d be bystanders just like the cats and the mountains.  God doesn’t want an audience, God wants co-creators.  We learn to create order as God does, by having chaos to work with.  The learning is the thing, and time and space are not all there is.

So, what I want to know is, is this a glimmer of truth?  Or heresy?   Or just the ravings of incipient lunacy?  You tell me.

July 21, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. Hmm… just curious, where do you find this Biblically speaking? Psalm 139:6 “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet therewere none of them.” That sounds like He knows and has planned out every one of my days before they occurred.To answer the main question, I don’t have a complete answer. I believe that God is completely in control, at all times, and doesn’t react to anything. He’s the primary mover. I think the chaos you speak of is created by man’s free choice. The only thing that ever limits God’s work is when a person is not willing. I agree, God does not want an audience, but it’s not co-creators He desires. We are created for the express purpose of glorifying Him. When we choose not to, bad things are going to happen, not necessarily because God is punishing us, but because there are consequences. When others choose not to, it doesn’t just affect them, and therefore bad things happen to those around them as well. Besides this, as you said in your more recent post, yes, God does seek to better us. There is more than one allegory in the Bible speaking of the refiner’s fire. Romans 5:3-4 talks about how tribulations work patience, and patience, experience, and experience, hope. Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”I don’t know if that really responds to what you said or if I just started my own ramble, but I hope to maybe bounce a few more ideas back and forth given our differing belief systems. šŸ™‚

    Comment by notetheclaws | November 29, 2008

  2. @notetheclaws – I haven’t forgotten about your reply, in all this time since you left it.  I wanted to write something comprehensive, the kind of thing your thoughtful response deserves, but I never got it all formulated.  I’m sorry.The main thing, and I think the only thing I’ll respond to, that bothers me is that God created us for Tes own glory.  If we exist only to glorify God, doesn’t that make God like one of those egomaniacal movie producers or CEOs who only hire yes-men?  It seems like if that’s all we’re here for, free will is a tremendous waste of time.  I think that the things we create can glorify God (as many cathedrals, symphonies, etc. specifically do), but I think what we’re actually here for is to create and to love.

    Comment by CarynW | October 17, 2010


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