Part Four: A Very Short, Personal Dissertation on God's Goodness....
On God's Goodness
1. Is God supremely evil? From my "relative perspective", I do not believe so. Although, I have experienced pain in my life,
I have also experienced a lot of peace and health in my life too. From my "relative perspective" I believe God is not supremely evil.
For a supremely evil God would definitely give me (and including all other creatures) no rest from torture and pain.
Therefore, God is not supremely evil.
2. However, if God is not supremely evil, is God evil?
Although the first question was solved by my personal judgment, this second question I leave to the judgment
and opinion of others who have had more experience with evil and pain. There are young children and young ladies and
gentlemen who have had horrible things happen to them, e.g. the young lady, Nobel laureate Malala, and yet they still believe God to be good.
up to their professional experience with pain that I have come to the conclusion that God is not evil. My own experience
of pain pales in comparison with such people. Not to mention all of those amputees that haven't given up on God. Those people are true heroes. As long as they exist in the world, they are the light of the world.
3. However, if God is not supremely evil (and is also not evil), is God supremely good or not?
I mean God could just be good instead of supremely good. So is God just good or supremely good?
But what would be the criteria for God to be supremely good to each one of us? The answer is simple.
For God to be supremely good for me (or anyone else) at all times, he would have to give me everything I wished for whenever I wished it.
Now this would not be a problem if I were the only creature God created. But God said it was wrong for man to be alone.
From the very beginning of man we were meant to live in a community.
But as a community we each could not get everything we wished for without trespassing on our fellow neighbors wants and desires.
However, God thought it more good for each of us to live in a community than not to. As a community our wants and desires would come into conflict. This is why God inspired great men to give us laws. And an entirely new area of knowledge sprung from the Art of Lawgiving which we know as politics. Politics has been made the experiment of mankind up to the the present day: what is the best constitution and the best type of leader?
[So no matter how good it is for a man to get whatever he wants (whenever he wants), it is more good for him to live in a society.]
4. So what can we conclude from all of the above? It is that God is supremely good, but it doesn't seem
so because we cannot get everything we want whenever we want. Our omniscient Creator decided that we would have
to sacrifice our wants and desires for the sake of living in vast numbers of communities. God is also part of that community
so we must respect and love him as an individual and as the Creator. Plus, we must show great kindness to our suffering neighbors.
And that the final effects of both these actions (or inactions) are karma and the Day of Judgment.
How real is the universe?
1. Empiricist's viewpoint. Many trees on earth have been living for a long time. I know how old I am
and that many trees are older than myself. Therefore, the universe must be older than me. And therefore the universe
I live in must be real and not a figment of my imagination since the universe is older than me.
2. Sceptic's viewpoint. Everything I know is dependent on my mind. Trees and other things could be figments of my imagination.
I could be an insect thinking I am a human being typing away on this computer.
3. Monotheist's viewpoint. My thinking is finite, so I did not make myself to exist and to think. So God must exist,
and we have already proven that God is supremely good above. Therefore,
#2 is proven to be a false argument.
"For if there only exists one other person besides my mind,
He cannot be finite!
Since I am finite,
That other person must be God the kind."
4. Time's viewpoint. Everything in my reality exists in time's present. In fact, in both true-reality and false-reality, time exists.
Something must have created time since time has no infinite past. Time must have come from no-time. And the only
thing that can exist without time is the infinite mind of God. So falsehood has no total reality to it since time's present is not
false at all. Therefore, no matter how false our reality seems we will never experience a reality of total falsehood because time exists.
And where there is time there is hope and God's light and therefore God's goodness.
[All Texts Copyrighted Michael Llenos 2000-2017]