Why Did God Create Atheists?

There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.

One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”

The Master responds “God created atheist to teach us the most important lesson of them all – lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”

“This mean,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you’. Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you’.”

ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol 2 by Mar.

I got it from a friend. In my opinion, I didn’t totally agree with the story but some points really hit me. Reading it made me compare myself with the atheists.  Was I really better than them? Sometimes I hesitated helping others and said that I would pray for them, but in fact, I didn’t do it. The writing rebuked me for not doing love for other. It made me become worse than the atheists.

Quoting from James 2: 26 that is: As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

I hope that our daily deeds really show our true faith and make it flourish.

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love

What do you think love is? Why parents work hard every day if it is not for their children? They work from morning until evening because they want to get money for fulfilling their children’s needs. But do you think their children thought that they were loved? I don’t think so. So many cases about children from a wealthy family become naughty because they don’t feel that they are loved. Their parents are too busy with their work so they have no time to take care their children. As the consequence, their children think that their parents don’t love them.

It is a contradiction, isn’t it? if you asked the parents they would answer you that they love their children so much so they were willing to work hard to get their children a happy life. But, is it a happy life that their children want?

You see, love can be wrong. I mean it isn’t actually wrong, but what do you think it is a love, it could be not a love according to others. Why it happen? Because love can be describe as many things so that we have five love languages. It can be expressed as a thing, time, service, touch and word. In our former case, the parents show their love as service and thing. They work for getting money so they can buy gift for their children. But the children hope to get love from their parents as time. They want their parents teach them when they have difficult homework, watch them when they have a show in the school and read them a bedtime story.

Well, I have not become a parent yet, so I can’t describe the point of view of the parents, but as a child it is that I want. Maybe you are wonder why do I write about it. I just want to show that love is unique. We can’t judge the love that someone has according to our definition of love. Instead, broaden our understanding of love so that we can see the love that others show us.

when you say you love..

You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it..

You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining..

You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows..

So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me..

It’s a famous quote of Bob Marley. I’m sure you have read it. Lately, I thought about the quote. What did he mean? What did he want to say? I agreed that everything he thought was right. No matter how we loved the nature, we used an umbrella when it was raining, we hid from the sun, and we covered ourselves from the blow of the wind.

I realized it when I had to move in order to chase my dream. I used to imagine what would I do when I got my dream accomplished, but at the day when it really became accomplished, I was scared. What if it would not go well as what I had thought before? What if in the end I realized that I actually didn’t enjoy it and it went as a dream that I had dreamed for a long time?

You don’t really know what do really want. I think it is the message of the quote. Be careful with your desire because a lot of people don’t actually know well what is their main desire.

Let me close this writing with another set of questions.

Do you really love rain, or do you think you will love it?

Do you really love the sun, or do you think you will love it?

Do you really love wind, or do you think you will love it?

Do you really love me, or do you think you will love me?

Love is not because of… but it is in spite of…

What did you fell when someone whom you love hurt you, disappointed you or made you sad? Did you still love them? Perhaps some of you still loved them while the other chose to hate them.

I know that it was not easy when a man who was close to you hurt you badly. However, as you loved him so much, I think you would have not considered the pain that he did. As parents who loved their children so much wouldn’t able to hate them even though they hurt them. Love covered everything.

Now, let’s talk about our relationship with God. I knew and I really did have some hard times that made me hurt, be disappointed even angry at Him. When everything happened was far away from my expectation, I questioned His love. If He were God, he should help me through this hardness. If He loved me, I should not face those problems. There were a lot of excuses that I made for blaming Him.

Yet, did I really have right to do it? Who was I that I could order The Creator? Suddenly my consciousness rebuked me. When I said that I loved him, was it was because I wanted Him always fulfilled my wishes? So when the other way happened, my love turned to a hate. If it was so, then I had no love for Him at all.

True love was still bloom even the condition seemed almost impossible for it. That’s why when I said that I loved Him, I should keep loving Him even though I faced hardness, even though I lost my dreams and hope, even though He didn’t grant my request.  That’s the pure love as He did it to me first. He loved me so much even I was a sinner, even I rebelled to Him and chose walking by myself and pushed Him far away.

At that time I learned to love Him even though…

as I knew and believed in Him that He had and would provide me with the best ones.

This Christmas

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It’s Christmas again. By this Christmas, I heard some sad news. It was about the Christmas celebration rejection from certain groups of people, and lately, we heard about the bomb terrors even I don’t know exactly what was it aimed for. Facing this situation, I think it is common for us to feel uncomfortable, insecure and may be a little worry. But I think it’s OK. We learned Christmas was about presents, celebrations and joy in a wrong way. I think instead of there is a joy because everything is going well according to our will, we have to learn that we still can find a joy in every situation, even in the worst one.

Let’s go back to two thousand years ago. When Christ was born, I think we got the same situation. Rejection, terror and difficulties, the baby Christ and his parents faced all of them. They had no room for Mary to deliver her Son. As a pregnant woman, I think it was very difficult to make a travel. The difficulties were increased when she need to bear but there was no one willing to provide a room. I think they must have been very sad, flustered and may be a little angry with the current situation. You know the next stories. Rejection didn’t interfere with the birth of Christ. In the middle of unexpected hardness and difficulties, Christ still be born, even He was born in the manner, an unsuitable place for a baby to be born. Could you imagine how can they have a joy? I myself couldn’t do it.

Was everything ends after He was born? No, it was not. They still had to face a terror because Herod wanted to kill the baby Christ. He ordered to kill every male infant. I couldn’t imagine the terror that each parents had to face, including Mary and Joseph. They must have feared and were forced to run to Egypt, where they lived as strangers, far away from their home town. Were they happy when they did it? I was sure they weren’t.

All of difficulties they had to face were caused by the baby Christ. However, they didn’t give up on Him. They faced everything because they believed in their Son. And I believe in every hard situation they had to face, they could find a joy and peace. I think that was Christmas.

Christmas this year made me learned to trust God in every situation. No matter how worst it was, God was still in control. Rejection, terror, difficulties can’t interfere God’s love for us. And we should imitate it. There should be nothing can stop spreading love to other, sharing goodness to the needed and testifying God’s grace in our life. We have no fear, we have a joy and peace because God grants them to us. And now, it depends to us for living the love that God has provided.

One more, may in this Christmas we learn to imitate Christ. Even the world rejected Him, no one welcomed His birth, but the shepherds and the magi, He still loves this world and he proved it by His death on the cross. He loves the people who hated Him, even they who crucified Him.

In this Christmas, may the peace and love always be with us. Merry Christmas.

God’s waiting

Have you ever been waited for something? I’m sure that you have. How did you feel when you were waiting? Once again, I’m sure you hated it and you swear never you would do it again. You know, today I waited for ticket reservation almost three hours, and honestly it made me impatient.  I really hated it, knowing that I should went to the reservation desk as soon as possible but I couldn’t do it because there was someone else standing there, or even there was no one, still I had to wait for my number was called. No one loves waiting. I’m sure about it.

I think it’s same with what is God feels when He waits for us. God really wants us coming to Him, but us, including me, spend very little time for God. We choose to prioritize our daily schedule, our own interest rather than God. I myself think that I put God on the, well I don’t know exactly where it put Him, maybe on the third, sixth or even tenth place, but not yet on the first, in my life priorities. But God is still waiting for me (Hosea 3:3-5) to leave everything and come to Him. Never he tired or bored when He’s waiting. It’s the opposite of my deeds. I waited for three hours and I got angry, but He’s waiting for the entire of my life and never gets tired.

You know, for me knowing it really makes me speechless. I can’t say or write anything more. I just fell grateful because God loves me so much, but in the same time I feel ashamed because I have done a lot horrible things. Anyway, I believe that He is God who loves me. He has forgiven me and will always forgive me.  But He also wants me to put Him on the first place in my life. Thanks God for Your love…