“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
With all of the suffering that has been going on in this world since very soon after the very beginning of it, it is easy to think that our Heavenly Father, who truly is the Lord God Almighty and the Creator of all that exists (apart from Himself, of course) must have created most (if not all) of us to be the objects of His scorn—certainly not His affections. Of course, another option is to think that all who believe in His existence are the stupidest people in this world—especially those who want to believe in His goodness and mercy. After all, what did all of those dead and dying children in Gaza do to deserve their fate?
It is in accordance to religious traditions that mankind fell from grace when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, and that all of the suffering since is a direct result of this. Again, what did all of those dead and dying children in Gaza do to deserve their fate?
Far too many (among both Jews and Christians) will tell you that our Heavenly Father does not care about what happens to Palestinian children because they are Muslim. Yes, Allah is Arabic for God, but there is a distinct difference between their Allah and my Heavenly Father. For their Allah expects us to prove ourselves worthy of his favor while my Heavenly Father only wants me to give Him the full benefit of my considerable doubts and humbly accept what He actually says is absolutely true, which is putting things way too simply in both cases, I know. Besides, what did all of those dead and dying children in Gaza do to deserve the fate of being born to Muslim parents?
Some (quite a few, actually) Christians will tell you that our Heavenly Father created some for glory and all others for destruction. This sure seems to be the case with the Palestinians, but there is a crucial point generally missed with that sort of reasoning. For there is a big difference between physical and spiritual destruction.
Alas, if the hardcore Calvinists would just stop basing their beliefs upon the mere appearance of things, they could clearly see that all of us were created for physical destruction. For none of us are getting out of this world physically alive, but all who will but want to give our Heavenly Father the full benefit of their considerable doubts and humbly accept what He actually says is absolutely true will spend all of eternity with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven as heirs to all that is His in glory.
So, what did all of those dead and dying children in Gaza do to deserve their fate? Absolutely nothing, which is exactly the same for all of the rest of us. For who was given a choice of being born an American during a time of relative peace and prosperity or a Polish Jew in 1940?
Oh, and just in case you are not sure, be assured that all who do not reach their own age of accountability before they physically die will not face eternal spiritual death. In other words, many of those dead children in Gaza went straight to Heaven, and it was made clear to the older ones that Allah does not exist by the Lord God Almighty Himself while they still had time to truly accept Him as being their own Heavenly Father.
Be also assured that the same will be true for us all—regardless of the circumstances of our individual lives. For no one will be able to honestly say that they did not fully understand everything that our Heavenly Father wanted them to, which is not necessarily the same for all, come Judgment Day.
No, none of this addresses the circumstances of our individual lives. For that would require more time and energy than I have been given at this time, but I can tell you that everything we are subjected to in this world is for our Heavenly Father’s glory and our ultimate good. Considering the fact that this is coming through someone who has been enduring great physical and financial hardships for the last 21 years, that is really saying something, I would think.
Okay, if you are not too violently ill, let me have it with both barrels. In all fairness, it may very be that I truly am certifiably insane.
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