I’m awaiting the funeral of my dear brother Theo.
Don’t tell me (or anyone ever) that death ‘is natural, ‘is part of life’!
‘Natural’ death, murder, war, strife, hatred, and oppression are NOT to be accepted as inevitable. This is not what G^d wants. Everybody translates Lamentations 3:38 rhetorically “Is it not from the Mouth of the Most High that Evil and Good come forth?” Although, in my Book, it says: “It is not from the Mouth of the Most High that Evil and Good come forth.” However, in any case, the next verse leaves nothing unclear: “What shall a living human complain, someone in charge who’s obligated?” In other words, by being disobedient, we, not G^d, cause painful bitter verdicts.
The obvious question is: How we can leave G^d off the hook as He set up the system? The traditional-Jewish answer is that G^d created the world and people unfinished. This, to give us a chance to complete the works of Creation together with Him. To repair the world and refine our character. Stepping up to this task will leave us unbelievably meritorious. And greatly enhance our enjoyment of the result as it is not passively received but we worked for it. In that sense, the world is perfect already: perfect for its goal to have us assist and cooperate with the Creat^r to bring perfection.
To return to my initial rejection of evil: ‘Natural’ death, murder, war, strife, hatred, and oppression are invitations to resist! We ought to fight death (as physicians do), murder (law enforcement), war (peace diplomacy), strife (mediation), hatred (teaching empathy), and oppression (liberation).
Don’t blame G^d. Don’t blame people. Don’t blame nature. Don’t accept evil as the inevitable unending everlasting condition. Resist! A call to arms!
Doctors work to end all major illnesses. Then comes the curing of all diseases. Then comes to stop the aging processes. Then comes the reversal of any aging. Meanwhile, we must stop the destruction of the environment and nature (climate change). Then comes the hardest part.
All the above will be hard. But clearly not impossible. But the greatest challenge will be the ending of strife, hatred, murder, war, and oppression.
And even harder: rejecting self-mutilation: recreational and numbing drugs, couch surfing, under-sleeping, over-eating, etc.
Hard, but not impossible. I can show that to all true Monotheists. The fact that G^d still hasn’t sent His Redeemer proves that He still believes in us.
And to the true Atheists, I say: You have no excuse not to work for this.
The above doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be angry with G^d when a loved one died. I told Him already several times what I think of Him. He’s a wonderful counselor. He listens well and doesn’t go on the defense. He knows we need this.