God is in Hell, Too

“God is my co-pilot, pilot, too;
Plus the wings, wind, passengers,
Fuel and crew.”

I wrote that poem a few years ago as I was coming to understand the 3 Os for myself (the concepts of omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence). Many accept that there is a spark of divinity in people. That’s why our hearts beat and creativity flows through us. But what about everything else? If God is everywhere, then everywhere must be God.

Again, most of the people who acknowledge a higher power agree that we can find/feel God in our pets’ love, a beautiful sunset, or an unexplainable healing. But what about everything else? The omnipresent God’s perfect will is being carried out in every hurricane and forest fire, and assassination, too. The envy, hatred, or ill will that we can feel for others cannot separate us from the Absolute Creator and Sustainer. Even the sex drive I had before and after I got married comes from the Lord.

We as humans tend to dichotomize our experiences. Is she pretty or ugly? Democrat or Republican? Black or white? Good or bad? It is overly simplistic to identify God (or people) with one end of the spectrum and not the other. All of the bad things, including the death and destruction that occur every hour, take place because of God.

A thing is never really good or bad in itself. Take cheesecake for example. To some, it is one of humankind’s greatest creations. But if you’re lactose intolerant or on a diet, it’s the enemy. So it’s not inherently good or bad, it’s just cheesecake.

Life admittedly is about goodness, health, abundance, beauty, harmony, and truth, while death is comprised of the things at the “opposite” end of the continuum. We have the will to choose which end we want to live on, and by seeking, we find God on both sides and all points in between.

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2 responses to “God is in Hell, Too

  1. “We as humans tend to dichotomize our experiences. Is she pretty or ugly? Democrat or Republican? Black or white? Good or bad?” Ugh, we do. Part of the human problem. Labels. Categories. Containers. Thanks fro sharing this post.

    By the way, I hate cheesecake.

  2. I really like the cheesecake analogy. However are you saying that we as humans shouldn’t dichotomize at all or just not as much? You say, “A thing is never really good or bad in itself.” Does that mean that Hitler wasn’t bad because he came from God?

    I think one of the key benefits of religion is to provide a moral framework in an amoral world. In that context wouldn’t a certain amount of dichotomy be necessary?

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