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May 27th, 2009
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Meditation on the imperfect world

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Date:May 27th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
The thing about creation, on whatever scale you attempt it, whether you're God or just stumbling around in the dark, is that if it's a true creation, it grows beyond itself. It perpetuates and continues to grow. And true creation changes shape and adapts and does all the things that plants and animals and humans and rocks and ecosystems do.

If you think of God as a parent, it's easy to imagine the relationship between God and man as in Genesis might actually have existed. But then creations moved on and began fulfilling their individual and collective destinies of becoming whatever they were going to become. Mothers and children, or fathers and children, have close relationships in an ideal world. They have less close relationships with their grandchildren, because their children, their creations, have their own lives and must now direct their children. Ignoring human mortaility and getting back to the God idea, that's a lot of grandchildren and subsequent levels of great-grandchildren to keep track of. How much more challenging for them, and interesting for God, to let mankind go where it will and evolve as it will evolve. Occasional tweaks may be possible or even necessary, but God-as-weaver or watchmaker has put the pattern or the components in motion.

No arguments here; I was brought up by parents who taught God stories alongside science stories. My mother used to say, when asked how God could create the world in just seven days, that we had no idea how long one of God's days was. If you live forever, she suggested, time has a different meaning.

I'm not bothered by the different names people put on their faiths or their gods. I'm only bothered when injustice or dehumanisation or oppression or any number of other bad things are carried out in the name of some religion or other.
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