Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why Doesn't God Just Fix The World?

So often we complain that God must be a cruel being to sit up in heaven and watch the atrocities happening on this earth without stepping in to right all the wrongs. But at the same time, we don't really want him to reach down and interfere in our lives. We don't want to be told how to live or whether the choices we make are right or wrong. We don't really want to give up our pride and admit that we are useless without him. We want all the benefits, but none of the responsibilities of seeking help from an almighty God. I love C.S. Lewis's take on the subject from his book Mere Christianity:
"But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realise what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks on to the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else-- something it never entered your head to conceive-- comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last for ever. We must take it or leave it." p.65
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