In a previous article, we examined the first of four cornerstones that define this author’s understanding of the relationship between God and His children (all of us). The first premise is that we live in a friendly universe. Please click here to review that article if you haven’t already read it.
The second premise or cornerstone is that God is never angry with us because He does not condemn us in the first place. Humans all too often become angry with and even hate each other. Many people interpret the Bible to say the same is true of how God feels about us. But what if the Biblical authors were simply incapable of seeing through their own weaknesses to understand the unconditional love of our Father? What we believe regarding God’s true nature will always be filtered by our own biases.
Have you noticed that some of the worst family moments that occurred as the kids were growing up later became funny memories because everything turned out okay? Now imagine being our omniscient, omnipotent Father who already sees the past/present/future without limitation. From God’s perspective, He can see the eventual outcome for good of any of His children’s rebellious acts. God does not make parenting mistakes, so He doesn’t lash out in anger causing the situation to get worse.
Having a perfect understanding of all life comes in handy when the goal is perfect parenthood. Anything less than omniscience leads to choices where anger, hate and regret are all part and parcel of the decisions we make. This is why it works so well that God is unchanging in His perfect and loving ways.
So how do we reconcile all the pain and suffering we experience with God’s unconditional love for us? Would such a loving parent really allow His children to suffer as so many do on the earth? That is the topic for the next article in this series. In it, we will explore a new perspective regarding the ugliness we often see all around us.