The Problem of Evil
August 3, 2003
Ideas About The Physical World
Our senses tell us the world is
good, that it is to be enjoyed and that since we only go around once we should enjoy all God gave us
to do and be.
Everything must serve the purpose
that we give it or we will be unhappy, e.g., mates should make us happy, jobs should be
fulfilling, people should meet our expectations, etc.
The world is a hostile, unstable,
environment filled with users, manipulators, hostile takeovers, suicide bombers and
The world is a matrix filled with
cyclical themes that have manifested throughout recorded history. The characters change but
the script is essentially the same. The author of Ecclesiastes speaks of a time for
everything under the sun. (3:1-13). The themes will mutate as humanity grows and evolves in its
awareness. Each of us is given the opportunity to access our higher self.
The world provides the environment
where we can become multi-sensory beings, beings capable of using skills beyond our
five senses, e.g., creativity, intuition, motivational stimuli being a self-starter, etc.
The world is a setting where we
can practice being the creators that we are. Every thought creates a result in our attitudes and
behavior. God has given us this setting to practice our skills. Skills are polished by the
abrasives of human experience - abrasives that demand of us patience, trust, forgiveness,
kindness, caring and courage. However, to understand reality in this fashion, many must first fail
repeatedly by trial and error because they have not accessed or found interest in
spirituality and the vast power such a quest would give them.
The world provides a forum where
experienced teachers incarnate and provide light in darkness, or understanding amid
ignorance. They sow their seeds among the countless souls who walk aimlessly trying to find
meaning in what constantly changes. They are not awake to the grandeur of their inheritance
as daughters and sons of God.
The world is magnificent, filled
with nuances of beauty that can only be detected by spirits who have fully awakened. Fear is gone
for them and they have learned how to project only loving energy in thought, word and
deed. They resonate with God and succeed in making God visible. They frequently bury
their truth in tales, fables and parables, e.g.,
Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz,
The Process Of Spiritual Growth Or
Delay Has Many Plateaus
The rapist who never gets caught.
The pastor who spreads a gospel
that is narrow, exclusive, judgmental and void of Session 5 - 2 compassion.
The lottery winner who indulges an
endless wish list of countless appetites.
The advertising executive who has
learned ways to manipulate the public's hunger for things, sensations and adventures.
The genius who creates computer or
The author who passes off the
intellectual property of others as her own.
The judge who can be bought.
The highly skilled and
The coward who allows himself to
be viewed as a hero when the "facts" are not known.
The liar who accuses the
innocent, a deception that often produces grave consequences.
There Are Many Mistaken Perceptions
Often when desire becomes our
emotional driver, we take, instead of developing the skills that would enable us to receive
everything we need.
We desire what brings us pleasure
and we shun that which produces hurt, pain and conflict, the very sensations that pinpoint
areas within us that would produce our greatest growth.
Many believe that killing,
stealing and destroying actually create something. What such activities display is the
evolutionary level of the perpetrator’s thinking and nothing more. Infinite beings can never be hurt or
destroyed. What can be destroyed are our solid forms; what is essential cannot be touched.
Regardless of our faith or belief system, we are what we are and nothing will change that
until we learn to choose again, i.e., to reflect loving energy - - the essence of our Creator. This is
the way, the truth and the light that Jesus taught.
All of us reveal our authentic
beliefs through our behavior. Frequently our measure of success is found in our external,
visible symbols. The paradox is that we can have it all and still experience emptiness,
loneliness and lives lacking in purpose and meaning. We work harder, run faster, build bigger
mansions, take more medication, consume more alcohol and have more affairs without realizing
what such behavior symbolizes. What we want, and truly need, can never be found in the
world. Happiness, joy and peace are by-products of who we have become. Such qualities of spirit
need nothing the world offers in order to make their presence visible in our physical forms.