Yesterday I followed the news media regarding the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Sadly I watched as the death toll from this natural disaster climbed higher. For those that went home; may earthly anchors not hinder you on your passage. For those that are left behind; may each find comfort in knowing that we all mourn your suffering of your loss.
It doesn’t always seem to make sense. We see people that shamelessly attack others survive while others who struggle to live and take care of each other perish as nature lashes out. It is not ours to choose; rather, it is ours to accept that things happen for reasons that are beyond our understanding.
We look for something or someone to blame. We ask God why and swear that the ones doing evil are possessed by Satan. However, if you look into The Quran you will find the following quote. “When the reckoning is over Satan will say: ‘The promise that was made to you by God was indeed a true promise; but I went back on the promise I made, for I had no power over you except to call you; and you responded to my call. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. Neither can I help you nor can you give me help. I disavow your having associated me earlier (with God). The punishment for those who are wicked is painful indeed.’ ” – Al-Qur’an, Book of Abraham chapter 14, verse 22
The question of the source of sin and evil has existed for thousands of years. If we check the Gospel of Mary we will find that Peter asked this question of the savior. “Peter said to him, ‘You have explained everything to us. Tell us also, what is the sin of the world?’ The savior replied, ‘There is no such thing as sin, but you create sin when you mingle as in adultery, and this is called sin. For this reason the good came among you, to those of every nature, in order to restore every nature to its root.’ He continued, ‘That is why you become sick and die, for [you love] what [deceives you]. Whoever has a mind should understand.’ ” – The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus, The Gospel of Mary.
So, when we look at these events we can begin to understand that things happen; things happen in nature that we cannot predict and when they happen they can have devastating impacts on human existence. However, we have not seen to date any natural disaster have a greater devastating impact to human existence than that performed by human anger and hate.
All life is precious; no one life is greater or worse than the life of another. What we do and how we do it is left up to us, no external force, natural or otherwise directs our behavior. There is no such thing as a holy war, there is no such thing as God’s direction to destroy another. I tell you that this is the truth. Your choice to agree or disagree is up to you; regardless your choice it will not change the truth.
Things happen, some are bad things. We do not have to like the fact that bad things happen, all we can do is understand. If we understand we can work together to help protect each other, the choice is ours.
Regardless of your choice, God loves you always, completely and unconditionally.