I find many good souls discussing these questions about God and the way the world is changing. One such is a parish priest in France with whom I am spending several days to repair the organ in his church. His view of things is quite radical and apocalyptic, but it is difficult to contradict him. This morning I read the article of my brother priest in England, Fr Jonathan Munn: Why worship God?
That’s why I need to worship God. He has no need of me whatsoever, but He loves me and I do matter to Him. I need to worship Him because my own involvement in this world without Him leaves behind a legacy of failure, emptiness and suffering.
This is where I find the essential of this blog post. The mystery of evil dogs me very profoundly too, but it seems to be this “weak” argument that prevents the flame from being snuffed out. Problems are much worse for atheists than for believers. Deny God or whatever name we give to the universal consciousness and the spirit in all creation – and we are left with nothing other than ourselves and the nastiness we have for each other.
Things hit home when the hatred comes from other Christians and clergy, and conversation has become impossible. To be honest, I think of the cleric in America who twists the meaning of everything I say in criticism of his “Muscular Christianity” and the ideology that pervades his thought. I come out of that one dazed and flattened spiritually, faced with the notion that Christianity is about hatred and an “evil God”. Humanity seems to be in the process of being divided into sheep and goats – us and them – almost in a rehearsal for the Last Coming. The idea is utterly chilling.
With God there is hope. Without him there is nothing.
Today I will be finishing the pneumatic system for the basses, then it will be tuning. After that I will be going to collect an outboard engine for my boat – and then home and Sunday Mass in my chapel. Life goes on…