Saturday, June 11, 2011

God is Imaginary #23: Listen to the Doxology

Listen to the Doxology.

"Praise God from Whom all blessings flow."

This one is quite easy to answer, as it is specifically addressed in the Bible. The Parable of the Vineyard ends with the verse "Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?" It is only when you consider yourself entitled to something that the principle of fairness comes into play. Without entitlement, there is no fairness.

People believe they are entitled to the blessings of God. What they are entitled to is eternal damnation. People forget that the first blessing of God is that they have not already been damned. Everything beyond that is an additional blessing--even earthly suffering is a blessing compared to eternal suffering.

The greatest irony is that, as life becomes more and more comfortable, people feel less and less need for salvation. From our perspective on earth, it seems horrendously unfair. But how will it seem when the "starving kids" who die in the faith rejoice in the presence of God, while the pampered nabob who couldn't be bothered with religion discovers just what "from Whom all blessings flow" really means.

Perhaps the best verse to keep in mind when considering this is Job 1:21 "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."

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