There are many phrases most of us use. These usually are heard when we speak of a life event, small or large.
Perhaps a crop fails unexpectedly or a deer is found in front of you while speeding through the highway. Many times these life events seem negative, but cannot be understood. Such things are said to others that seem casual but have world views that alter the basic ways we feel.
An example: A neighbor suffers an accident that kills them. A neighbor that could be seen as a ‘bad neighbor’ that has done things most of us would refer to as wrong behavior. The usual phrase would be: “He deserved it” or “that’s what happens when you go against Jesus’ command to love our neighbor” Bad Karma, darkness generates dark results, the inevitable outcome of sin. Forgiveness not judgement is very hard but is our part of the neighbors errors.
These thoughts are a result of our fear to assign events, good or bad, to a thing resulting in attitudes or behavior of us or others that has consequences. A logic statement that is basic is, ‘Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc.’ It means: ‘After something, therefore because of that something’ Confused yet? An example of belief in charms we have nearby. Talismans, anything to deny God and the horror of an uncaring and empty universe.
Being relieved that you remembered to put that plastic replica of a saint on your dashboard or your Bible in a certain reserved spot at home or in a public worship setting. Horse shoes nailed open side up by your doorway.
Anything, anything to express a reason behind an event, good or bad. Being relieved that you were wearing the same outfit you had on at the casino when money came your way again. Your lucky shoes perhaps. Up to the point of blaming ourselves for failing in some way perhaps has logical explanations that the universe is not random events. There is a ‘Post Hoc’ event that determines Propter Hoc ). The usual example for that feeling about bad things that happen to us is ‘ Well, I guess I deserved that’ or someone else saying it about you.
Anything to not view our world as just random atomic activity creating obstacles or bridges that govern all events. An excellent research paper on this will start with the book of Job in the Bible. (it’s in between Esther and Psalms) The whole book is about a man that is accused again and again by his three friends that he has done something against God that has caused his misery.
Job’s friends accuse Job of being an unrighteous man, a sinner in some way. Job’s reaction to these accusations? As he has lost everything of value to his life he states: “ I know that my Redeemer lives” After all the things that God has allowed (not Done) Job will worship God. Faith, the very gift of God.
Do we look to the creator of all that is and all that will be as our servant? Do we look upon Him as evil? Do we look and worship Him in seasons of good and bad as our master and creator that loves us more than we can even imagine. There indeed is a seductive evil upon the world. As someone asked C.S. Lewis, “are you really asking me to believe in this creature with horns and a tail that causes misery and actually demands I worship him? Lewis answered him “ I don’t know about the horns and such but if you do desire to meet and see him and obey him, you will see him indeed.
As for me, I will worship my redeemer whatever comes upon me. It’s not easy but He is my treasure.
It’s pretty good. Jack Gator.
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Me too, Norm, “I’m my beloved’s and He is mine. His banner over me is love.”
Do you ever have speaking engagements locally (northern Wisconsin)?
Never had a speaking engagement anywhere except in Boot camp where I was education petty officer. What do you have in mind? Did a reasonable copy of ‘click and clack’ several decades ago on WOJB radio.
Hello Janelle: I see a few authors making the library rounds, not too sure what that ensues. Sounds intriguing but perhaps reserved for writers that have a different persona than I do
I write about my life and all the columns are true events. What would I say to a group of people that are perhaps coming to hear some sort of wisdom as such?
I like quoting wisdom at times. timeless stuff. A quote from the Talmud is my favorite for the last week or two.
Rabbi Yoshua Ben Levi asks Elijah when was the Messiah returning. Elijah replies, “why don’t you ask Him yourself?” “He is outside the city gate healing people…” When Rabbi Yoshua Ben Levi returns to Elijah he tells him that the Messiah deceived him. He did not show up. Elijah answers: “He didn’t say He was coming, he said to listen”
Things such as that make me think somehow. Way out of the box. Is this the sort of speaking you are speaking of?
Thanks for the interest in my life. Jack