What would happen if the past tense were removed from language! And the future tense as well? What if you have only present tense to work with. Then you are conscious of the present. Then you say: "I am knowing God's Presence right now."
Blogger John MacHaffie said...
This is what I responded to another reader.
I wish I could post it now but I have been told to hold. IT IS WONDERFUL.
It is not one of these 'deliveries tomorrow' messages.
We begin today a three-part series:
Life's Gifts and Life's Tragedies - Making sense of it all
Last week, in previewing this series, I offered the observation that there are people who believe that certain other people "deserve" to have pain and suffering in their life. A few years ago there were those who even said that AIDS was "God's punishment" for lives in ways that were not in accordance with God's Will. Others have made the same argument about different forms of pain and suffering. It's God's Will. It's God's punishment.
Is that how it works? People do "bad" things and God punishes them? He gives them pain and suffering here on earth, then sends them to hell after they die?
We live in a wonderful world---and that does not mean that our
world is not faced with enormous challenges. We live wonderful
lives---and that does not mean that our lives are not filled with
enormous challenges. Our world is, and our lives are.
What, then, is the purpose and the point of all this? Why are we being put through all that we are being put through? And why are some, but not others, subjected to unparalleled pain and suffering---to say nothing of sudden and "undeserved" death?