I intended, from the outset, to keep CARRY ON KOBY a religion/politics-free zone.
Change of plan.
THE world news which is capturing and occupying the hearts of millions around the world:
the tragedy of the asylum seekers fleeing today’s evil.
One thing is for sure – we live in a Godless world! As I have said for some time, put more prosaically by Epicurus:
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
It’s a hard fact to accept – when you have walked with the crutch of God for so many years – it’s hard to accept and to come to terms with the ‘fact’ that we are alone, that there is no God and that, if there is, he ain’t great (read Christopher Hitchens’ brilliant book, ‘God Is Not Great’ – thanks for the recommendation, Miles Webber!).
This is one of the biggest tragedies of our time. The Jews of Europe were turned away, sent back to certain death, when the Nazi clouds were overhead and the same desperation, different peoples, different enemies, is being met by the same rejection today.
Evil has free rein, it globe-trots unchecked and unhindered. It’s part of the human condition. It’s the norm. Goodness seems to be atypical.
I said above that it’s hard to accept, after so many years of blind faith, that there is no God but it’s also liberating. God will not provide. It’s up to us to make the world a better place. We don’t have to be held back by books written by people (look what Leviticus did to that Christian clerk, Kim Davis, in Kentucky, who refuses to issue a marriage licence to a same-sex couple). It’s not easy to escape the shackles of fear and superstition but when you do, when you stop being a prisoner, a slave, when you remove the blinkers and see the world outside the cage, when you think independently and freely and see all the avenues open to you, you see a big world, a world of opportunities, of wondrous science, nature and beauty.
The evil we see around us is a tragic blight on an otherwise beautiful world and the sooner we all realise that no God is going to step in to save us (look at that dead child, fished out of the sea, and tell me there’s an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, loving, kind, good God), that no person or people possess ‘truth’, that none of us have a God on our side, the sooner we’ll act TOGETHER to try to stem the advancement of evil.