Friday, August 13, 2004
(Bruce’s last journal / blog entry)
For the longest time, when asked the question, ‘Why does God let bad things happen?’
I had no answer… but now I do.
Yes, seemingly, it would be a great world without sin and evil, but when you actually take time to analyze this world, you realize how lifeless and emotionless it would be. If we always lived our life in a constant state of happiness and there were no ups and downs in life, we would really never be happy at all.
Because without evil there cannot be righteousness,
without bad there cannot be good,
without ying there cannot be yang,
and most of all, without hate there cannot be love.
Think of this so-called perfect world…
it would be a world of emotionless machines, because we would always be in one constant state of emotion and nothing would ever change. But the main reason God made the world the way it is because otherwise love would not exist. God made us beings with a choice. If we were all (like I mentioned up there) machines, and had no choice, there would not be real genuine love. There would just be a feeling we always had only because we had NO OTHER WAY to feel. Hard to understand, I know, but try to follow me here.
Two different paths.
But since God made us to have choices, we know that there are two different paths we can choose. The people who truly love God and what he stands for will go down one road, and the people who do not accept God for who he is will go down the other. God made two roads because he knew that the people that were truly his disciples would choose the one that led to him.
Ultimately, life comes down to choices and nothing more. We make very common choices everyday that will determine the final outcome of our lives, but then there are the ones that are not so common; the choices that not only determine the outcome of our lives, but also define who we are as people. The kinds of choices that leave lasting impacts on people and possibly even the world.
Day by day, God gives us his infallible wisdom on how to best handle these life changing decisions.
Now it all comes down to one of those critical choices.
Will you listen?