As a child, I was told of a magical saint who lived in the north pole. He delivered gifts to all the children of the world in one night as he rode through the sky upon a sleigh driven by magical reindeer that could fly. Naturally, I had questions.
As I grew older, I am not ashamed to admit that I never stopped believing in Santa Clause. Of course, I came to realize Santa wasn’t real, but the spirit of giving and peace on earth does exist. I didn’t stop believing, my belief simply evolved. And as I came to understand the meaning of Christmas all my questions were answered.
When we ask why does God let bad things happen, we are like children asking a very valid question. Mankind is an intelligent species, but remains like children in many ways. We have matured a great deal since the days when writings such as this article could earn the author a place on a medieval rack! But we still have not matured beyond our primitive beliefs about God. As we continue to mature as a species our beliefs in God must evolve to encompass the concept of a universal creator.
As stars die we may describe the dying process as a bad thing. New worlds are created by the massive release of energy as the dying stars go supernova. We may describe this cycle of creation as a good thing. Perhaps we see the bigger picture and come to realize there is no good or bad in the process. All things simply follow a greater universal law that creates order from the resulting chaos in a delicate design of perpetual balance. In this moment of clarity, we come to understand the events in our lives are examples of the same design. As we continue to mature, perhaps we evolve our beliefs to accept that the design is too complex to be random. We come to realize God is much larger than our childish notions. But what good could possibly result from the frightening knowledge that everything we thought we knew about Santa and God are wrong?
There is a calming sense of peace that comes with the understanding that we will return from whence we came in the cycle of creation. This fragile phenomena we experience called life will continue as a result. No longer are we required to be conflicted as to God’s will for us. No longer will we need to lay down our lives defending the ideologies of ancient doctrines. We can mature as a species to do what we do best other than fighting. We can question, learn and come to understand the universe around us. And with every wondrous revelation, we come one step closer to our ultimate goal of understanding ourselves and perhaps even the true concept of God.