Recently, I had the pleasure of a wide-ranging interview with Rodger Nichols of Cover to Cover Book Beat. At one point, he asked how a creator, who loves us, could enable others’ free will to harm us. After a bit of discussion, I admitted I don’t know. You can listen to the whole interview at Del H Smith - Discovering Life's Purpose: Re-examining The Club - YouTube.
In Could Free Will Be Your Most Dangerous Gift, we reflected that the true love, which our creator craves from us, must be freely given by us. No matter how much it craves our love, it must make itself powerless to make it happen. It must submit to our free will. Only our exercise of our free will can enable the eternal intimacy to which our creator invites us and which is the meaning of our lives. Although our creator is unquestionably able to constrain our behaviour, can it allow itself to disable our free will?
Do not all parents want everyone to love all the children they procreate, unconditionally and equally, whether or not they are equally loveable? Would our creator not want everyone to love all of its created equally, whether or not they do evil? Of course, it joins us in hating
the dreadful things evil people do. But wouldn’t it want us to join it in loving them even when they do evil?
Do not all parents know that their children can only mature and achieve fulfillment in life by lifelong unconstrained access to life experience – the good and the bad? Would not our creator know that as well? Like us, it doesn’t like it when its created are exposed to, or choose the bad from time to time, but, like us, it knows that that exposure is a prerequsisite of achieving a fulfilled life. But, wait! Wouldn’t you try to intervene if your children experienced the bad throughout their whole life? Why would our creator not intervene to prevent a lifelong hell on earth?
What do you think of this perspective? Is not our whole earthly life no more than a short afternoon in our eternal lives? Our creator wants us to grow into an eternal life of unconditional and selflesslove of it and all its created. To enable us to achieve that love, can it allow itself to prevent us from fully experiencing the good and the bad throughout
that short afternoon?