Love is the answer, now what’s your question.
What is grace … ?
What is forgiveness … ?
What is being saved … ?
What is church … ?
What is spiritual growth … ?
Who is God … ?
Who is Jesus … ?
What is the Holy Spirit … ?
Where is God … ?
Why is God … ?
To all of those my answer is Love.
But what about the “blame God” questions?
Why do people die … ?
Why do people get sick … ?
Why do people do bad things … ?
Why does God let bad things happen … ?
My answer is that Love allows.
Allows me to decide what I will do, will think, will respond, will change or not.
Imagine living forever – never dying.
This world is struggling to support our capacity for longevity and for curing more and more ills.
Imagine if we all lived forever and could never have children, could never create new life, could never live free to be who we are: creators. Where is the love in that self-centred desire for eternal life here on this earth? There is no “freedom” in that anymore than there is “freedom” in death.
My answer is that Love allows.
Allows bad things to happen. Decisions and actions dictated by me. My choice. My freedom to be who I am.
“The poor will always be with you.”
Imagine being so rich in happiness that sadness was impossible. I would be poor in empathy and connection with others. I would be regarded as odd – up my own backside – out of touch with the real world.
“My dog died.”
Wow! I am so happy for you!
“My mother is very ill.”
Oh dear, but I have two tickets for (this highly prized event) isn’t that just too wonderful for words?
“I can’t pay my bills this week – I don’t know what to do.”
Well never mind, I have just booked and paid for the holiday of a lifetime – can’t you be happy for me?
Only “good stuff”
Insulates and emasculates.
Love allows. Allows me to be free of having to be something I say I should be. Allows me to be free of having to be something you say I should be. Allows each of us to be free to be who we are, who we were, and who we will be. Happy, sad, rich, poor, healthy and ill, living and dying. I think “bad stuff” is our expectation that we should be above life itself. We are not only creators – we are creators with rights – the right to be above “bad stuff”.
Every shooter wants to be free of “bad stuff” – the bad stuff seen or experienced or heard or seen – bad stuff of their created reality and those who think like them. A reality that motivates and validates taking life. Makes killing a good thing.
Just as we kill perfectly good relationships because the grass is greener … kill goodness in others by giving them our anger or pain … kill honesty and integrity bit-by-bit with every “no one will notice – no one will see” … kill Love with “I have rights” – that starts with one tiny baby-step – but allows a journey only we decide.
Cancer. Tumours. Infections. Superbugs.
We have rights – the right to be above bad stuff we call “unfair” … “too soon” … “why me” … “why this” … “why does no one care” … “why does no one fix this?
Because we are creators and we have rights.
The right to be above life itself.
And maybe that is why Jesus. A real-life or a parable-life – I care not.
I care only that this Creator – this all-knowing-all-seeing-all-controlling “God” who we created – a creation not above life as we know it here on earth – is not a Creator who has rights – is not a Creator who fixes everything (and everyone) with a magic-wand – but who meets me where I am because that is Love – meets me if I allow because that is Love.
A Creator – we created – who is Love not magic – who has all the time in the world for me – who is not a Creator of a tight-ship/tight-schedule who can give-you-two-minutes-tops.
A Creator – we created – who is of Love allowing all – who is not of “I-have-rights”.
I think blame is not Love – not our created Creator-God.
Because if we created this God of the Bible (and we did) … a God not above life on earth … not of “What About Me” … not of all that stuff we think is Love but is self-created in “I have rights” …
Then we created something truly wonderful
Because we created this God who is Love
We allowed our best-self to be our template for best-living
If we allow.
“Love is the answer, now what’s your question?”
And that IS