by Walter E. Jacobson · Filed Under: Happiness · Personal Development · Religion · Spirituality · Success · Well-Being · building self esteem · increasing self esteem · self-help
Does God really pick and choose who lives and who dies? Is He “up there” somewhere with a huge tote board keeping score of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? Does He really decide to give one person brain cancer, to have another person get hit by a bus, to have a third person get mauled by a lion or raped by a psychopath? Is that what God does?
Does God really listen to everyone’s prayers and decide which ones to act on and which ones to ignore?: “Sorry, Mr. Franklin. I feel for you, but I’m not going to cure your prostate cancer because I’ve already met my prostate cancer prayer quota, you’ll need to exit stage left.” Is this what God is all about?
Does God really send some of his children to hell, to suffer for all eternity? As a father who has been upset at times with my daughter, it never once occurred to me, no matter how badly she behaved, that she should be punished and made to feel miserable forever. Could God be a Father that unmerciful and unloving?
None of these scenarios involving God make any sense to me, which leads me to believe that we have seriously distorted the truth of what God is. We have projected behaviors and judgments onto God from our ego mind, which is full of fear and attack thoughts, that have nothing whatsoever to do with Him.
It is my belief that God is not vengeful. God is not petty. God does not attack, punish, hurt or kill. God is unconditionally loving, forgiving, and accepting.
When we use the concept of God to attack other people, we are not honoring God, we are actually attacking him, because it is not His will that anyone suffer or be harmed. It is His will for us that we all be happy, prosperous and at peace. That is His will for each and every one of us, regardless of what country we belong to, what faith we follow or how well or poorly we behave.
When we engage in judgment, hatred and attack in God’s name, justifying our bad behavior by claiming we are doing God’s work, we are actually doing the opposite of God’s work, fueling our ego and our insanity,
Want to love God and want God to love you? Love your fellow man. Stop judging. Stop looking for reasons to hate and attack. Find the similarities rather than the differences between us and others so that we can overcome any differences and live in love and harmony as God would wish us to.