There was a question and answer period at the conclusion of my talk ast week. One of the first came from a good friend who asked my opinion on one of the most powerful arguments against the existence of God or a spiritual dimensions to reality [SDR] that anyone could raise–namely the existence of raw, unadulterated evil in the world.
She had multiple family members who both died and survived the European Holocaust of the last century. Her question was hardly hypothetical. But in various forms it has served to dissuade many that a loving, beneficent God exists.
My response centered around the argument that the metaphysical nature of reality is based upon absolute free will. This is the basis for understanding what follows: free will requires the possibility that one can choose evil. Choice can not be limited to good, nor can a Supreme Intelligence only allow good. This would limit the ‘free’ notion that makes free will such a powerful force. The ability to choose evil must be part of the equation. God cannot and does not interfere.
How can one accept such an imperfect, unjust universe? This requires the belief that karmic forces will ultimately offer a balance, a justice which every soul will understand over a multitude of lifetimes. What appears to be a senseless act of evil, a wasted life cut short of its potential, may be understood, in the context of multiple lifetimes to be part of a pre-birth contract. That life may have been imperfect or shortened in order to affect other individuals around them–to test their compassion, their sense of justice.
Mediums have claimed that those who perished on 9/11 were the physical manifestations of soul’s who volunteerd for the mission–in order to teach unity and compassion to large numbers of Americans, or to challenge their families to overcome the horrific loss of a loved-one.
The perpetrators do not escape without the necessity to account for their choices as well. This may be played out over multiple life times.
Free will demands that all acts be allowed to occur. The consequences of all of our actions will ultimately be recognized by our souls. No act goes unexamined. This applies to acts of goodness as well as evil. It is not a matter of punishment–merely lessons which ultimately will be learned.
The question is not ‘Is God Good?’ but rather, are we?