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simple answers, God's our man. Do you
feel that the world has lost its moral
compass? It is not surprising that a god
who demands that adulterers,
apostates be stoned to death is
probably the most popular god
of all time. Jehovah, the spiritual
fountainhead of three great religions,
still ha s hundreds of millions of devoted
followers, and you can see why. You
know where he stands. He can't be
accused of being wishywashy like so
many other forms of God.
Do you find life particularly unfair?
God and his Eastern equivalents
provide an excellent answer for this. It is
sometimes called the "Just World Fallacy".
This is the fantasy that because God
must be just, all wrongs that occur in this
world are bound to be righted in the next.
If you are good you will be rewarded
in heaven, or by climbing higher on the
ladder of reincarnation. If you are bad,
you go to hell, or get reborn lower in the
chain of being. If you are having a hard
time now, it is because you are being
punished for your past sins.
If this belief makes your stomach turn,
as it does mine, then God explains this
as well. God is often invoked to describe
that gut sense of right and wrong that
guides our day-to-day behaviour towards
others, that is our conscience and
morality. Similarly, God can easily be felt
as a kind of internal guardian angel or
soul -- a personification of the self
protective instincts that guide us from
below the radar of consciousness.
We stay alive thanks to body-mind
feedback mechanisms of immense
complexity. There are now good reasons
for thinking that science may never be
able to grasp the whole picture. It may
be altogether too complicated, too fast
and too unpredictable. Faced with this
boundless uncertainty, we could choose
to see the whole dynamic as the work of
God, but this really adds nothing to our
God has always been evoked to
explain what we can't understand, the
so-called "God of the gaps". How did the
world begin? God. How did all the life
forms come about? God. Why do good
people suffer and bad people thrive?
God. Why does someone recover from
illness? God. Why does an earthquake
kill thousands of people? The vengeance
of God. Why does a baby sur vive an
earthquake? The mercy of God. Why did
a sport team win? God, once again.
Yet some things remain forever
unexplainable. Ever since childhood, I've
occasionally been dumbstr uck by the
beauty of some small aspect of nature.
Why, sometimes, given the simplicity of
its function, can a flower or the plumage
of a bird seem so exquisite, right down to
the smallest detail? It strikes me a s
extravagant beyond belief. As Jesus said,
"Consider the lilies of the field. I tell you
that not even Solomon in all his glory
was arrayed like one of these." Why, when
seen in the right frame of mind, is the
natural world a thousand times lovelier
than it needs to be? Not even God's son
can answer that one.
'Paradoxically, the deeper our understanding,
the stranger everything becomes.'
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