Can God exist in today’s world?
How have you been feeling lately?
I have been “unsettled” is an apt description.
Back in 1966 (I graduated high school in 1967) a movement reached status to promote an end to the world’s troubles. No Accountability!
Black Sabbath resurrected the theme in 2013 with their song God Is Dead?.
Maybe you can make sense of the lyrics. I provided a link under the band’s name.
Of course, as usual, we were behind the curve. A major promoter of “God is Dead” was Frederich Nietzsche.
The political message of Nietzsche’s “God is dead” was an article by Lesley Chamberlain in the Guardian on February 7, 2012. She laid to rest our current interpretation of Nietzsche’s “death of God” in his 1884 book and again in 1888.
He advocated that we separate God reason. He was not advocating that God was dead.
Another significant reason to understand differences in culture and language between cultures and times. Indeed, Nietzsche borrowed his statements from René Descartes (1596–1650). His primary claim to fame was as a mathematician.
The takeaways I want to leave you with:
- God’s existence does not depend on us; our thoughts and feelings. I believe that He’s bigger than our little brains.
- Just because you can’t “see” or “feel” God and how he is working in our lives doesn’t mean He/She is not acting in our lives. (Yes, God has many attributes that we associate with women.)
- Take that hideous war in Ukraine. I read somewhere that Putin is a Christian. That proves the point that “faith without works is dead”. Not that our works save us, but that because He saved us, we show our faith in how we live our lives. Look at the actions of the young man who drives supplies around the city of Lviv. He is from Norway but is donating his life, as do other drivers from Norway and Belarus, distributing supplies to medical facilities. The volunteers who are answering the call are taking care of children, helping people leaving Ukraine, and living their lives at risk of being killed as they perform myriad other tasks.
- We can also see God acting on the battlefield as one soldier cares for another.
- We can’t despair as we know God is amid these horrors, caring for His people.
Let’s live the life He calls us to.
My favorite saying is “Shalom.” It means God is fighting for your peace!
Thanks for stopping.
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