Why is it that we don’t seem to ever have a straightforward, concrete answer for some of the major questions in life like origin, meaning, morality, destiny, faith, love, spirituality, evil, death? Why is it that God seems to be absent most of the time, that we seem to be on our own, trapped in our own minds, not understood by our partners, left to fend for ourselves? Have you ever thought to yourself, “there has to be a reason things are the way they are?” If you start to look at the world as if it is exactly as it’s supposed to be, looking at the world with your “creator lenses” on, as I like to call it, you’ll start to notice there are very good reasons for these questions, and health benefits associated with them.
Take for example the apparent absence of God. If God were present in a much greater capacity and we were absolutely certain that he existed, we may have a much lesser degree of faith, curiosity to seek him out, and possibly even a poorer relational experience with him. All of these factors (faith, seeking, relationships) pertaining to God have positive health benefits, such as a reduction in stress, lowering of blood pressure, and increase in immune function and longevity.
How about the presence of evil in the world? Why doesn’t God just do away with all of the evil acts, unnatural deaths and diseases? Instead of looking at it that way, who not ask yourself why things are the way they are (instead of the way they AREN’T) and try to find the ultimate good or a positive outcome? Afterall, it makes sense that because of the existence of God, who is the ultimate good, there should ultimately be good woven into and out from evil and negative occurrences.
If God were to remove all evil from the world he would have to remove all free will. If he were to stop all of the bad, he may first start with you or I because we all are in some way or another, in some point in time, bad. The world we live in is an absolutely beautiful place that (I believe) is held together by our creator, but yet is able to function, evolve, and maintain itself through natural processes, which can be sometimes detrimental to earthly human life (not detrimental to eternal human life).
Put yourself in God’s shoes and look at the world through your creator lense as if the human experience is EXACTLY as it’s supposed to be, with all of the negative aspects, like doubt, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, suffering, pain, daily head scratching thoughts or occurrences. Those emotions often lead to growth, relationships, faith, charity, and countless other health improvement actions. There is usually an ultimate positivity or good that can be derived from the perceived bad or underlying benefit to the seemingly senseless.
It can be beneficial to human life, and a gateway to peace and prosperity, if we collectively as a society think with our creator lenses on, or from God’s perspective, as highlighted in THIS study:
“Religious belief is often thought to motivate violence because it is said to promote norms that encourage tribalism and the devaluing of the lives of nonbelievers. If true, this should be visible in the multigenerational violent conflict between Palestinians and Israelis which is marked by a religious divide. We conducted experiments with a representative sample of Muslim Palestinian youth (n = 555), examining whether thinking from the perspective of Allah (God), who is the ultimate arbitrator of religious belief, changes the relative value of Jewish Israelis’ lives (compared with Palestinian lives). Participants were presented with variants of the classic “trolley dilemma,” in the form of stories where a man can be killed to save the lives of five children who were either Jewish Israeli or Palestinian. They responded from their own perspective and from the perspective of Allah. We find that whereas a large proportion of participants were more likely to endorse saving Palestinian children than saving Jewish Israeli children, this proportion decreased when thinking from the perspective of Allah. This finding raises the possibility that beliefs about God can mitigate bias against other groups and reduce barriers to peace.”
I like to try to put myself in God’s shoes as often as I can. Not in a heretical way or as though I am God or wish I were God, but more so like the “what would Jesus do” way. To try to make sense of life/reality/my environment, I try to look at things through the lense of an absolute morally perfect being, an infinitely powerful and intelligent mind who is incapable of being less than perfectly good; an entity that is outside of space and time as we know it, speaks to us metaphysically through our hearts, minds and souls, and wants us to experience the all of the joys and fulfillment this world has to offer.
When I do this, life makes sense to me. It makes sense that we were created out of love, with purpose and meaning, to live life to the fullest and positively impact this world. It also makes sense that good and evil occur because we are free beings and free beings do good things, as well as bad things. It makes sense that we don’t have answers to major questions in life because faith, learning, pondering, critical thinking and metaphysical action have biological health benefits. The very act of thinking like a morally loving creator with respect to your actions in the world can also profoundly impact society in a positive way.
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