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.