Good And Evil—A Necessary Part Of God’s Creation

 

 

 

 

The Good/Bad Duality Is Not Just Related To Individual Decisions;
Rather, It Is A Product Of The Collective History Of All Humanity

Nova Scotia Campground
Kabbalah Conversation Continued
Aug., `82

“I don’t understand the Kabbalah,” Michelle said, “but Robert tells me it speaks of God as being everywhere, of being both inside and outside of everything,  and that means God is pretty important because every time you turn around there  He is. The forces of the universe are constantly tugging and pulling at each other—light/dark, give/take, life/death, —and likewise with God. He is both transcendent and immanent in all things, so He expresses a kind of
duality, and, according to Martin, even the duality of good and evil
is a necessary part of God’s creation.”

“Wait, how can that be?” I said. “If evil is necessary how can
there be reward and punishment? What about justice? Doesn’t that
contradict the Jewish law of measure for measure, and an eye for an eye?”

“Now you’re getting the picture,” replied Michelle. “Do you see why
I’m so confused! And I’m going to marry Robert, — contradictions and all.”

“So how does he, Robert, deal with the contradiction?” I said.

“He’s got an answer,” replied Michelle, “but I don’t understand it.
It’s got something to do with being present in the moment. He says
that if it weren’t for evil we wouldn’t be allowed to embrace the
good. In fact, he says something similar about reward and punishment,  too. The good/bad duality is not just related to individual decisions;  it is a product of the collective history of creation. Actions,  especially good ones, are not simply for the individual, but for the whole of humankind—the community of all beings. According to Robert, “selflessness” is the goal, and when that happens, God becomes transparent in everything that gets done. According to Robert, we are all moving toward God, but God IS here from the beginning. Go figure!”

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About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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4 Responses to Good And Evil—A Necessary Part Of God’s Creation

  1. eof737 says:

    I’m finally catching up but will have to come back and comment later on other/ future posts. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Without patience I never would have made it to old age. I believe most of us, at least in this WordPress community, are grateful for any interaction with fellow bloggers; that said, we are also grateful (maybe even more so) just to have the opportunity to put our creative work up on the web. I know I get a lot of satisfaction upon re-reading some of my better posts. In fact, there was a time when I spent the same amount of energy (or more) trying to live up to the more spiritual messages communicated here as it took to create the language necessary for that communication. All in all–a very satisfying life. Thank-you for all your support. Take care!

  2. Also catching up and some blog friends are very special. You and eof are two of my most cherished. Thank you for you.

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