Monday, October 19, 2015

Good Grief

Grief is good. It is the fitting response to a world of sorrow.

Still, however, I wonder how a person without a belief in God can deal with sorrow. Grief says, "This is wrong. This sucks." Grief says, "This is not how it's supposed to be."

But an atheist, believing in random evolutionary theory, cannot say, "This is not how it's supposed to be." What is, is, in a world of evolutionary absolutism. Evolution demands us to ignore emotional responses and instead accept the status quo. Evolution creates a way of relating to the world not all that different to Hinduism. In Hinduism what is, is your fault, your karma. This is why the caste system says, "You should stay in your class." The "untouchables" are there because of what they have done. Hindus are supposed to let karma have its day.

Christianity is a belief system that allows for and pleads for grief. For at the heart of the universe is a God who created a world to be good. Humans brought death and decay into this world. But God cared for the world, grieved over it, and then sent His Holy Son to be a beachhead of revolution. Jesus' death is D-Day in history, leading one day to V-Day when He will return to wipe away the tears of faces and the stains of sin.

Now, we wait. We groan for a better day. We grieve. But we grieve as those with hope. It's good grief.

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