If I gathered all the knowledge that I have gained through the study of the Bible, memorized it and placed it in a basket, it would only amount to a few pages.
The questions that I have above – the ones I pose in the title – are what I call the tough questions. They are ones that I have struggled with my entire adult life. That is, until I came across the Bible. As a result of studying the Word, the Tough Questions, I have learned a few things that have made life a little easier.
Perhaps you are wondering what possible benefit it could have to a person’s life to know these things. After all, we are none of the above.
For example, let us look at how knowing this information can benefit you.
Every experience in life leaves you with more questions. Some are easy to answer and many are not so easy. The reason that they are not easy is because they are questions that you are not an expert on. This is where your ignorance steps in. It is your steep learning curve to be an expert on anything.
Let me give you an example.
Hurricane Katrina was a terrible event. I had a friend who is a practicing Christian. As we studied the happenings that happened, we came to the conclusion that they were Divinely orchestrated. I would never claim that the hurricane was a Divinely orchestrated event. But what benefit is there in knowing that?
Sure, you may get an edge. You may get a little more faith. You may get to a certain level where you know that you will be okay and that things will turn out alright.
But does this really help you?
This is what I came to understand on the trip. Basically, this is the idea that all of our events are arranged by a Divine Intelligence that has greater purposes than our own. Many philosophers and scientists now believe in this concept. I call this ” fatalism.”
This is an ancient superstition that we have carried around with us for centuries. It really does not matter that you know these things or not. The point is that you will get no major benefit by continuing to ignore them.
For example, you are driving down the street and you see a nice car next to a busy street. You think, “Gee, that car looks nice.” Now this is an opinion. But people who travel along the same road as you do and see the same car, are not happy with your observation.
You begin to get a little upset, thinking that others are feeling the same way you do. Finally, you get to where you see the car and it happens. You jump out of your car and go to the nicely clean car and talk to the nice guy in the car.
You start feeling like you have let everyone down. Finally your friends see the nice car that you saw, and you feel like you may have let them down. Maybe even worse, they think you may have flat-lined.
Of course, like everyone else, you have merely ignored a great opportunity. Some other person would like to know what you thought about that car, and if you talk about it, you will start to get preconceived ideas about what to think about it.
You talk about the car, then about the reason why you like it. You start to look at the car to see if it is an alright one. Maybe you like the way it looks, or you like the way it is powered or something. That is good. You should be happy. Now why would you get upset if you like something? It is just a preference. Why would you get upset if you like something, so long as it is not in competition with anything else about anywhere or anytime?
This, however, is the classic definition of free will. The will of one mind. The mind of one mind is free to like certain things. “I like the way my cherry pie tastes. I like how the sunset looks. I like my husband. I like the new job. I like the new book I am reading. I like my children.” This is free will. The mind of one mind seeks to experience life without limits, without restrictions. It likes to sample much that is good about life. It limits nothing.
If you are a really wise person, you will begin to see this as a great opportunity. Certainly the will of one mind, even though it may seem to be a potentially unlimited resource, can be used for good and can be used for evil. The potential for good is unlimited. The potential for evil is relatively limited (at least on your conscious level). This is true because you can only influence one mind at a time. You cannot go and fix your friend or loved one’s mind the way you might imagine trying to fix your own mind.