Either God is Love or God Made the World

What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist. (W-14.1)

The reason many of the world’s religions are so contradictory is that they try to reconcile a hellish world with a loving God. Yet only one of these things can be true. No one can look on this world and think the god that made it is love. And if God is love, it must follow that God did not make this hellish world.

Some try to reconcile hell and God by telling you that God has a purpose, even if you cannot see it. You are supposed to just submit to misery and trust that it is all for your own good. Yet,

God has no secrets. He does not lead you through a world of misery, waiting to tell you, at the journey's end, why He did this to you. (T-22.I.3)

It takes a while for new students to break the habit of thinking that God made the world. So many prayers of gratitude that are learned in traditional religions entwine God with the world. You may have learned to thank God for the meal you are about to eat or for the beautiful sunset or for your family and friends. But it is not God who is responsible for these things. As much as you may love these things, they are symbols of separation.

Be grateful, instead, that God did not make separation and that the Oneness God did create is untouched by anything that seems to happen in a seeming world.


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