History Repeats Itself

My blog today is actually a response to a response I received to yesterday’s blog. It might be a little easier to get if you go back and read the blog post and the comment.

“Yes, I understand. History repeats itself because the people who live in it never seem to change. (The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.) I don’t think that God sent the Great Flood or the plagues, however. I think the biblical story is a statement about the consequences of human action. Karma. As “people want (and grab) more of everything” for themselves irregardless of whether anyone else has even their basic needs met, bad things will happen. But I don’t think this is God’s punishment as much as God stepping back, and like a wise parent, allowing consequences to unfold for their child. Unfortunately, when this happens, innocent people suffer, not just those who are doing bad things. We are in community. Jesus said (or was it Paul?) that when one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers. This was Job’s faith crisis – why do bad things happen to good people?

Thank you so much for your thoughts. I am one also who believes that there is something terribly wrong when I grasp for all the material things I can no matter how my use, abuse, over-consumption, waste, or damage to the environment my self-centeredness may cause. I am a proponent of simple living, recycling, and leaving as soft a footprint I can upon the earth. It is my hope and belief that this puts me in the flow of God’s plan for the world.

3 thoughts on “History Repeats Itself”

  1. Bill and I have been reading your blogs together and discussing them wholeheartedly. We’ve been looking for a spiritual avenue like this for years. I find “Church” itself to be some stagnant because they never try to interpret the bible into our every day lives, so your blog is a spring flower for us, giving us something else to talk about besides my cancer and treatments. Thank you.

    1. Nancy, that was a beautiful thing to say. You and I were both raised in the Catholic Church. While it had much to offer, it failed to meet my own spiritual hunger. I have done a lot of searching and associating with a number of different communities over the years. I was a Quaker for a while and I still love them for their beautiful core values of simplicity, honesty, peace, and the belief that there is “that of God” in every one. Their form of worship is silence.
      Now I belong to a group that also uses silence as their form of worship. I attend once a week for a one hour “sit”. It looks very Buddhist if you were to drop in, but it is a Christian meditation group.
      What I find valuable, and this might touch on what you are referring to, is that these people believe that living the gospel is a total heart engagement and touches every area of our lives. We talk often about how we can apply Jesus’ words to our families, our friendships, our work, our communities, our country and the world at large.
      Sounds like you and Bill could use such a community of searchers like yourselves.
      I am grateful if my blog is of use to you and am always ready to enter into dialogue about anything.

      1. Living here in Southern Alabama now is a difficult place to find the sort of spiritual guidance we are looking for. In the weekly paper there are 4 pages of church listings, 2 plus are strictly Baptist, and non-denominational are almost non existent. There is one Bahai in Fairhope that we might try one day (45 minutes away) . We tried Unitarian in Iowa once, but it was too different I guess. Maybe we will always be searching, but rest assured we do love all your thoughts and experiences.

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