I would like to start this post with an apology! I wrote Part 1 of this post on September 15th 2013. (If you haven’t read it, it’s HERE) I was supposed to post Part 2 the week after, but here we are…on the 12th of January…2014.
LOL I’m sorry.
Okay, so my general premise in the last post was that sometimes I feel like thanking God for an expected end that, in your subconscious belief, may or may not have involved him is quite patronising.
I recieved some really good thinking points after my initial post and may have slightly altered my view. Right or wrong though, I still feel that we have a perceived understanding of miracles and as a result, allocate levels to them.
In a human sense, God’s healing of a blind man is seen as greater than someone passing an exam, right?
I’ve always said that praying a “realistic” prayer is similar to going into a shop knowing that the owner has told you you can have anything you want, and sticking to only items you can afford.
I think we’ve been stacking the tin food and avoiding the cake…
Lets say I didn’t revise for an exam and failed it (God forbid!)
Most would reply with the well known statement:
“God helps those who help themselves”
I generally stand by this statement but in the same breath I wonder wether the phrase is a human reaction to the worlds discrepancies and an attempt to justify what we would otherwise consider inaction on God’s part.
Who taught us that?
What does it even mean?
What room does this statement leave for grace?
You can only ask question when you accept you need answers. Sometimes I feel like these blanket statements stop us from understanding Gods will and purpose.
Generally these faith and blind acceptance points that I’m making are quite easy to argue against, in fact, as I write I’m thinking of rebuttals – but I think it’s important to think about these things.
(DISCLAIMER: Revise for your exams abeg, don’t go and say that Alexis said…God bless.)
Now, lets put two scenarios side by side.
A) I fail to prepare adequately for an exam, I fail.
B) I fail to prepare adequately for an exam, I pass.
According to our thinking. A’s God helps those who helps themselves. B’s God on the other hand, is all merciful.
This distinction has been made WHOLLY due to an outcome. Outcomes should either affirm belief or invoke questions, not change God’s characteristics – God just IS.
So when bad things happen do we:
A) apply worldly ability and attempt to explain why it happened
B) apply religious buffer zones to explain why it happened
C) ask God why it happened.
I don’t think any of the options are necessarily bad, I just think we need to do C more.
Instead of trying to reconcile our confusion with arbitrary statements we should try and seek explanations and solutions.
Okay, I’m done!