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Everybody has something that drives them to act in certain ways.  What drives God to act the way he does?

The true beginning of everything is really not Genesis 1:1.  There is one other place in the Bible where “In the beginning” is used.  It is John 1.  It says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.”  I realize now that, even before man was created, God was already in a relationship so loving and so intimate as to surpass our understanding.  It is a mystery that we cannot explain, and we should know this about love, anyway.

The point is, He didn’t start loving at the time he created us.  He was already in relationship, already loving.  And out of this God who is already loving, we are created.

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I live with a spiritual dichotomy, and I really don’t know how to bring these two different views into harmony.  Has God designed our life from the beginning, like we are only actors following a script?  Or am I really an agent of free-will determining my own courses of action as I move from birth to death?

It appears to be some of both, but I don’t think that can be one of the possibilities.  Or can it?  There are times when it seems God controls human behavior, hardening Pharaoh’s heart.  And other times he could intervene, but doesn’t, and so David has Uriah killed so he can marry his wife.

We ask of God the same question Job asked.  Why is this happening to me?  And the same answer comes back . . . . we are not enlightened.

But there is another question that is of even greater importance.  Is God good?  What is driving him to act the way he does?  Is it love?  Is it goodness?  Is it capriciousness?  Is it power?  Is it pettiness?

And eventually we give up, because it never seems to work.  There are times of peace and prosperity, but there are also the times of unrest and want.

Many Christians live what could only be described as a godless life.  They still go to church on Sunday, hoping that God will show up and bless them, but, knowing that he probably won’t, they spend the rest of their time producing their own life of prosperity.  In practice, the Creator-God is just another one of the pantheon of gods who must be appeased by a few minutes of worship in order to free us to go about our own desires. 

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