Life and Pain
So much pain - whatever we try to do to rid our lives of it, so
much pain. That’s OK. That’s OK. Why? Because it is short lived,
as our lives are, and pain helps us make God’s Love our only
happiness that can never be taken away – ever. Why? because pain reminds us that all pleasure and bodily life is transient and only in God is joy eternal. And so pain reminds us to take refuge in God because we won't find eternal peace anywhere else.
It's said that there are two evils; moral evil and natural evil.
The first is about what humans choose to do, the second is about
nature, earthquakes, viruses, floods, etc.
Why is what is called natural evil, evil? We are born into this
world which we had no design of and it is the only world we
know. And in this world all that lives dies and all that is
formed erodes away. This is how it is and there is no other. So,
what ridiculous audacity to call it evil!? What are we comparing
it with? Why should it be anything else? But we can call it
wonderful, beautiful and amazing.
So nature is not evil; it is nature. Lions kill to eat; some
babies die with disease. This is how it is.
Then there is moral evil. This comes from us when we act without
Love. When we act with greed, envy, lust, hate, sloth, gluttony
and any form of selfishness when not acting from Love.
So with either where is the argument that God is evil, or God
can’t be omniscient and all Loving because of the ‘awful things
that happen’ on earth? Well earthquakes aren’t evil even if we
die from them. Cancer isn’t evil even if I die from it. It’s
absurd to call cancer evil. It is just a bunch of rogue cells
(rogue from our perspective). And moral evil? You don’t want
that? Well choose not to do it….
……...choose not to do it even if you die in the process……..And
this is the point. If you call this life on earth ‘the only
life’ and attribute too much importance to it, you’re not going
to make sense of this Universe and then you are going to call it
‘evil’. What is important is how we deal with the hand we have
been dealt here on earth. But this life on earth is transient. What is of the highest importance is how
we choose to act on this earth. Real life is being with God and
dying on this earth needn’t interrupt that. Read the scripture
again and again daily. If you want to Love, it will make sense.
I read scripture every day. ... and then read it again.
God speaks to us in many works of scriptures.
These scriptures tell us to know God, turn to God, make God our hope and our
strength and our joy and to love our neighbour.
If you don’t make Love your highest guiding value, it means you are not making
Love your highest guiding value. So, what have you decided to make the highest
guiding value in your life? And why do you think that this is
Pain is not evil – it's not nice.
Pleasure is not evil – it’s nice.
We know that too much of a nice thing ends up not being nice.
Pain and pleasure are the same thing. When does the sensation of
pleasure become pain? And when does what's causing pain become
pleasure? A gentle stroke is pleasure, a rough stroke is pain.
When does it change? Pain is a measure of less pleasure than
something else. It is all one spectrum. If you like it, it is
pleasure. If you don't like it, it is pain. You cannot have
pleasure without pain. Pleasure is defined as a feeling better
than compared to another feeling. Pain is a comparison. Pleasure
is a comparison. If you experienced only one level on the
spectrum, only and for ever, you would not have pleasure or
pain. Such words would not exist. There wouldn't be pleasure or
pain. It is because that it changes we compare one to another. A
super pleasure compared to a mild pleasure compared to a mild
pain and so on.
Now for those who say God can't be good because of pain, think
of existence without pleasure or pain. What a dull existence
that would be. May as well be robots. Pleasure and pain are part
of God's good creation. Pain and pleasure are good. We will have
both. Thank God for both. Pain is the humbler, the reminder that
we did not create ourselves or the Universe, that we are mortal
and that we die. Pleasure is relief from pain.
This is the perfect place for us to be for now. Now is 'until we