In addition, I see God as love.
Therefore, I trust God explicitly, without reservation.
However, there are elements of Heschel’s ideas that I agree with.
For example, I agree when he says God will not deny human freedom. I agree when he says we cannot blame God for everything that happens.
The difference in our viewpoints resides within how each of us sees the relationship between humanity and God.
He sees the relationship as distant.
I see it as inseparable.
He sees evil as evil
I see evil as the part of God that humanity is uncomfortable with.
He sees a responsibility to remind God to be just.
I see a responsibility to understand God’s viewpoint of justice.
He defines all-powerful as all-controlling. Therefore, if man has freedom, he reasons that God isn’t all-powerful.
I define all-powerful as having no need to control others. Therefore, if man has freedom, I reason that God is all-powerful.
As I compare these two perspectives, I can hear the question rising up within you.
“Matt, tell me which perspective is the “right” perspective for me?
If this is your question, you are looking for the shortcut I wrote about two days ago when I said, “Within the process of determining your version of universal laws, you may be tempted to take shortcuts by doing what others tell you to do.
I will not tell you which path is the path for you. Controlling others is not a peaceful response.
I will only tell you that I have chosen my path because it is the one that brings me to Peace of Mind.
I picked this path based upon my observations about religion.
- The traditional Jewish greeting is “shalom,” the Hebrew word for “peace.”
- Jesus Christ is called the “prince of peace.”
- Mohammad is labeled the “prophet of peace.”
- The state of nirvana within eastern religions is defined as profound Peace of Mind.
I reasoned that if the goal of religion is to arrive at peace, then all religious teachings should be evaluated on whether they assist in this process.
I assumed that the primary purpose of life is to maintain internal peace, even in the midst of intense external conflict.
I believe that when enough people master this skill on an internal level, we will reach a tipping point for World Peace.
Therefore, when I encounter a religious teaching that is new to me, I must write about it.
I must consider whether it is sustainable.
I must consider whether there is an element of peacefulness within it.
I must consider if there is something that I don’t yet know about peace.
This is why I have spent two days writing about Heschel’s idea that God is not omnipotent.
After one thousand written words and several hours of consideration, I did not found sustainability or peace within this idea.