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sexta-feira, 23 de outubro de 2015
THE WHIMS OF LIFE
See now that I
myself am he!
There is no god besides me.
I put to death and I bring to life,
I have wounded and I will heal,
and no one can deliver out of my hand.
Deuteronomy 32:39 (read 32:36-39)
The Book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament was put
into writing about 420 years before Christ and is based on ancient oral
traditions of Hebrew tribes. It reflects the experience of the people in
relation to the Divine. In its point of view all events were run directly by
the hand of God. They interpreted the phenomena of nature and political events
as acts of God beyond human control. God was seen as capricious and demanding! He
rewarded those who pleased him and punished without mercy those who did not do
as he so willed. Disobedience resulted in misery and submission was rewarded
with prosperity. God gave life and put to death. He wounded and healed. He hardened
the hearts of men so that he could have reason to punish them.
With this concept of the Divine, the religious and
political authorities had in hand a powerful weapon to control the people. They
dictated laws and established standards in the name of God. They practiced
"spiritual terrorism" by threatening eternal punishment to the
disobedient. Even today many religious groups use this concept of God to use
blackmail tactics in order to manipulate others.
Jesus portrayed God otherwise. God is a "Daddy
with a Mommy’s heart. The prodigal never ceases to be welcome. The doors are
always open festively for the return of the wanderer.
The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is an
illustration of his vision of God. Jesus did not come as a mighty conqueror,
mounted upon a stead of war. He entered into Jerusalem as poor servant, riding
on a borrowed donkey. He was not escorted by bodyguards to protect him from the
people, but was in contact with the common crowd, identifying with ordinary folks.
His relationship with men and women was as with equals.
Even with this friendly vision of God, our world is
nevertheless full of harsh realities. There are forces that harm and kill, that
heal and give life. These forces are unpredictable. What looks like good can
bring misfortune, and bad things can result in benefits. We are unable to
control the consequences of our actions.
Life is capricious. It is full of irresistible forces.
Our well-being depends on our wisdom to deal with that which is beyond our
control. Old age and death are inevitable and irresistible, but we can prepare
for their arrival.
Given the harshness of life, we are tempted to look
for easier ways and pursue false illusions. Today's idols are not stone, clay or
wooden statues. They are systems of values that idolize success, power and elegance.
They use schemes for self-advantage at the expense of others. Sometimes schemes
backfire. In the long run it is better to live in solidarity. In damaging the
environment today we are destroying the world of our descendants. To violate
the honor of others by prejudice is to forfeit our own dignity. The injustices
of the world do not justify the lack of integrity on our part.
The world is not under our control, but we can control
ourselves. We can be free to do a little better. Our lives can make a positive
difference for someone. We can at least be missed when we are gone.
DEUTERONOMY 32:36-39 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
36 The Lord will vindicate his
and relent concerning his servants when he
sees their strength is gone