Last Friday the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that a 19 year old teen from Coon Rapids died of an overdose of a legal hallucinogenic drug called 2C-E. On the weekend the man providing the drug (though legal) was in jail, as it seems this drug is similar enough to an illegal drug, that he was charged in the tragic incident. One may wonder where free choice comes into play and question the culpability of the victim, as the victim took the drug of his own volition. Do we punish the person selling rope at a hardware store, if that rope is used for an individual’s decision to hang himself?
God has thankfully given us the blessing of free will and with that the freedom to choose wisely or not so wisely. I do not believe in a judgmental God. We are not punished by God nor are we necessarily rescued by God for our choices. Additionally God does not declare that someone is good so only blessings and good fortune will appear in their lives. Nor does God judge someone to be “bad” and condemns him or her to ill fortune and bad luck. If some terrible fate befalls someone, it is not the result of God inflicting punishment, but rather other circumstances coming into play. Would we really want or could we even comfortably live with an instantaneous response from God, “You did well, here is your reward; you hurt someone, here is your punishment.” We would live in constant fear of not living in our highest, most honorable way. Could we live with the knowledge, that every thought, action, or omission of action, could result with the possibility of impending doom or negative consequences? There is also the possibility that we could feel superior to anyone suffering from any malady or run of bad fortune because we thought they deserved the consequence.
A judgmental God would impede our ability to grow. We would be afraid to move, acting almost as a puppet; and playing out what God deemed appropriate for each of us. Conversely to a judgmental God, I believe that God loves us enough to help us on our growth, sometimes through painful things, not always alleviating our painful circumstances but encouraging us, supporting us, and helping us never the less.
With free will we are able to choose wisely or not so wisely. When we choose unwisely and hurt ourselves or other people, punishment, if divine in origin, comes from interconnectedness and karma. This provides us with the ultimate opportunity for growth. That is our purpose here, to grow and evolve. If we were constantly rewarded or punished we couldn’t possibly grow very well.
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