THE LONELY GOD

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wRESTLING WITH THE CONCEPT OF GOD IN TIMES OF DISASTERS

Submitted: November 04, 2006

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THE LONELY GOD

The recent Tsunami and Katrina disasters has caused much anguish to the theologians who are trying to wrestle with the big question that everyone has posed at one time or another. Why does God allow such tragedy to occur? I am speaking now of course of  Monotheism. The God of the three major religions of the world.

 

We have all posed the question on the smaller level. When a good person we know is given a terrible diagnosis. When a child is kidnapped and tortured. When we see greed and evil seemingly rewarded. Our list is long but was made up of small questions. We could put our questions to the side and be comforted by the thought that there was a greater purpose.

 

 The Tsunami swamped more than just the landscape it swamped our ability to comprehend that such massive suffering could possibly have any justification. The faith that we have built in the ONE God has given us no default other than that God.

 

That God then becomes a lonely God. Like  the only child in the family, when the good vase is broken or the cookie jar emptied there is no one else to blame. We can forgive the little child…..after all they do not  know better. But God? God seems to break the very laws that  they have set before us and in no small way.

 

The Polytheism of the Greeks , Romans, Vikings, Egyptians to name just a few, had Gods for all occasions of life…and death.

More like an extended family whose roles were strictly drawn.

One God could be all kindness, a benevolent God. There was a God that assumed the role of creator of chaos and destruction and all around dirty tricks, Shiva and Loki come to mind for the latter. The “good” God had someone to point to when the damage was done.

 

So is our One God a Lonely God? Does He long for a family? Does He weep with us at His creation, the Earth, in its blind destruction of our global family ? I think we would rather a God of limited power rather than one that would not weep over this tragedy. 

 

When we look back at the Book of Job in particular we can now empathize with that poor, good man. He wanted an explanation and he got it and from a God that seemed unaware that replacing his children with new ones would not make him grieve for the ones slaughtered any the less.

 

We spiritually reject the idea of the end justifying the means even if it means that we must give the Devil his due. Because in a Monotheistic society the only alternative is a God who would make side bets with the devil and destroy his children for sport.

 

 


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