We’ve been conditioned to believe that nothing can ever be left to the whims of chance. Thus we do not question that there is now a rule, regulation or manmade law to govern each and any action or thought. At any given moment everyone is probably breaking one or more laws by simply standing in his/her house. For the cause of a variety of good sounding reasons, like safety and health, everything must now be calculated, anticipated and controlled. Perfection, as defined by some mysterious all knowing entity, has become the newest golden idol to be worshipped and appeased. There is no room for happenstance in a perfectly controlled world because that would suggest we are not in control. No surprises, no accidents allowed.
Though we are determined that we must be in control, unfortunately, we don’t realize that not only are we not qualified to be in charge, more often than not, we make things worse by trying to do the job we are not smart enough to know we are not smart enough to do.
Breaking News...humans are not gods.
Over time, in our frenzied scramble to prove to others and ourselves that we are god-like, and therefore masters of our destiny, we have learned just enough to be extremely dangerous. After we figured out that the sun, moon and stars were just objects, that natural laws are reliable enough to expect quantifiable outcomes, we discovered that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Not long after that revelation, we forgot it.
We went from getting smart to getting too smart to getting dumber by the minute. Action/Reaction. The result of our stubborn willfulness to become our own gods is an artificially constructed reality of all things being controllable which, it turns out, is the exact opposite of actuality. It is in no way achievable and the harder we try the bigger the mess we make.
What we have wrought in the process is our own destruction. But we are so busy building the illusion we haven’t figured this out yet. Someone just needs to say it.
Action: split the atom / Reaction: poison the planet until it is uninhabitable
Action: control the weather / Reaction: reap the whirlwind
Action: outlaw everything / Reaction: make all people criminals
Action: modify seeds / Reaction: destroy natural health
Action: create drugs to cure bad health / Reaction: enslave a thousand for every one freed
Action: extend lifespan / Reaction: kill babies to keep population down
Action: combine DNA to create perfect babies / Reaction: predictable disaster
In real time what is unfolding before our eyes is not happenstance. Happenstance occurs when God’s natural laws are left to work exactly as they were designed to be, predictable with infinite room for variation, both the happy blessings and the tough challenges. Human arrogance, prompted by satan’s whispered encouragement, cannot allow that things are perfectly imperfect, sometimes serendipitous, that life is meant to ebb and flow, rise and fall. Humans refuse to accept that we are often better off and much improved when we are allowed to overcome naturally occurring difficulties on our own and that we only make things worse with useless attempts to orchestrate ways to completely eliminate adversity.
(Colossians 1:16) for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; (1:17) and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.