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Good Intentions and a Perfect World

Paul is an explorer of spiritual well being, and he hopes that his articles reflect this, as well as his firm belief that life is good.

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Food for Thought

I have always felt that there exists a perfection behind everything that is. It lies at the heart of reality. I cannot imagine it any other way. We are all a part of this reality, so I believe that we must possess at least some of this perfection.

It may be difficult to imagine perfection because we are obviously less than perfect beings living in a less than perfect world. Perhaps we are just fallen, fallen like apples from a tree. But the tree is part of the earth, this good earth, and whether we have fallen near the tree or far from it, we remain of the tree. Or maybe something has been lost in translation, the translation of that which lies beyond language and understanding into something we can contemplate and utter words to. Like trying to make sense of some nighttime dream, we seek to bring to light that which we know is there, yet difficult to describe. But the perfection is there. Some call it consciousness; others call it source. Some call it God, and many call it Love. And what is of the core is also of the whole, the perfection that permeates all. Some call this Spirit.



It is Good

If perfection seems too strong of a word to describe this fundamental reality, we can at least say that it is good. Why is it good? Or we could also ask: why do some things feel good, while others do not? Compassion feels better than hate. Even-ness of temper feels better than anger. Calmness of mind feels better than stress. Kindness feels better than meanness. Compassion, calmness and kindness make us smile, while hate, anger, and meanness make us frown. And smiling feels better than frowning.

When things are good, we seem to be connected in some way to something higher, something finer, than that of our supposedly imperfect world. When things are going well, we might say that we are in tune. When we are enjoying some peace of mind, we may say that we are at one with the universe. When we experience rhythm and ease while working or during some athletic or creative activity, we say that we are in the flow. And we all, at times, must of had those very good days where we look back and say that everything is alright with the world. These are all real things, physical things, part of the physical universe, the universe that we feel so much a part of when things are good.


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Good Intentions

Imagine a reality that has perfection at its heart. The universe is part of this reality, and the stars and their worlds are part of the universe. Our sun and our earth are products of the universe, and we as human beings are products of the sun and the earth. There are those who study this physical realm, looking deep into reality at its tiniest levels. Much has been learned, discovered, and uncovered, and among the conclusions, by way of theories, that have been reached in modern times, are the ideas that there may be an inherent randomness in the physical world, and that it is governed more by probabilities than certainties. It appears that God is playing dice with the universe.Or is He?

When we think of randomness and probabilities, we may think of things like chance and luck. It all just makes the world seem that much more imperfect, one big mess. But if we look at it a little differently, all that randomness and uncertainty can be seen as a kind of flexibility, something we can work with. We are being given some leeway, margins of error, windows of opportunity. This is where things like free will and creativity arise from. Being more than the ability to choose between good and bad, free will is the ability to choose direction and purpose.

We put this flexibility to work for us through our good intentions. And with them, gaining the ability, perhaps, to steer things in positive directions, creating better scenarios, or uncovering more of the perfect scenarios that some may see as God's will.

We are human, but we are more than just physical beings; we are spiritual beings, and it is through our spiritual nature that we are connected and in tune. If there exist intentions that are something other than good, they are weak because they have nothing to connect with. With our good intentions, we do good things. Yes, good intentions can and do produce good results.


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Troubles

When times are tough, all this stuff may become just a bunch of words. When we suffer tragedy and loss, many of us will question our faith, the idea of a perfect world becoming nonsense. The same can be said when we suffer at the hands of hateful and hurtful people. Extreme events of nature can bring us to our knees. How can these things happen? "Why?", we ask. It may also be that we suffer by our own hand, with our self defeating behaviors and not so good habits. And there are always some disappointments and frustrations in our lives, and just some plain old difficult days.

Some of these hurts are of the kind that we can never seem to be reconciled with. As for some other of these hurts, there are those who look back on them and see them as a part of their growth. Some look back at certain trials as necessary events that led them to where they are today. But try telling that to someone who is in the thick of it. Looks like some of that randomness and uncertainty does lead to some messed up things in the world and in our lives. Any way you look at it, human suffering is real, part of the equation, as one might say. Yes, human suffering is real. Just ask the man who died on the cross

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Love

Like those who look deep into physical reality, we can look deep into ourselves, discovering and uncovering the good that lies within our hearts. We can also look outside of ourselves for the good that is the whole, the perfection that is Spirit. We open our hearts to this perfection and become one. And when we do this, we may find ourselves receiving assistance in finding our way, guidance in moving forward in the face of adversity. The perfection from within and the perfection from without is what we call love. This is God intention. When we align our good intentions with God intention, love reigns.

So we continue on, reminding ourselves that we have the choice to live in loving ways, and if we find ourselves moving away from that path, all we have to do is to turn our heads, and the loving path will be there; it is the brighter path, the feel good path. When there are obstacles, we look towards love, because, as they say, love will find a way. We use our good intentions to create atmospheres in which people may be that much less likely to hate or to hurt, atmospheres in which we can rise to any occasion, helping others in their adversities. We can create better worlds.


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In a Perfect World

This is all just food for thought, no magic formula or 'how to' guide here. Some may see it as mere optimism, positive thinking, or perhaps a little over optimism. And there are those who may say something like, "Its all well and good but I'll stick to my faith and my prayers, thank you."

And with all the not so very good things that happen all around us, 'perfect' may seem to be too strong of a word to use to describe reality or anything else these days. But as I was walking one day, thinking about all this stuff, and it's funny how these things work, a woman passed by, walking her dogs. She asked, "Enjoying the sunshine today?" I said, "Yes, it's a beautiful day." She then said, "Perfect, isn't it?" Hey, what could I say?


© 2015 Paul K Francis

Comments

Paul K Francis (author) from east coast,USA on June 03, 2019:

Thanks for your comments Eric, and I hope your day is as wonderful as it can be.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 03, 2019:

Wonderful comments. Why do I fight God. How lame. Today will not find me doing that. Thanks.

Paul K Francis (author) from east coast,USA on June 03, 2019:

Dear Elijah, I understand what you are saying about something needing to have at least two parts in order for there to be a difference, but I do not think that this applies to God, and because I do not believe that God can be, anything less than perfect, I believe that this perfection is a natural part of the world. Good and bad may be opposites but they are not equal. And so good intentions are stronger than intentions that are less than good. Good intentions are God intentions. Like I said, it is just something to think about. Thanks for reading and have a nice day.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on June 01, 2019:

Brother Paul, I chose to hit indifferent because without at least two parts there can be no difference. My deep thoughts - remember "a little learning is a dangerous thing, drink deep or tasted not the puritan spring" - suggest everything is perfect except man's way of thinking. Generally we think in halves like good, pretty, sweet, and the like without realizing we can't recognize good without evil, pretty without ugly, sweet without bitter and the like. That means, as I paraphrase what is written, "we know in part therefore we speak in part but when that which is whole comes" we will understand.

Two sages, the Buddha and the Christ, said seek the middle path by Buddha and straight way with the narrow gate by Christ, which is to say that thin ring around the earth formed by first light to sunrise and sunset to dark moving around the equator at 1000mph and to remain therein we must move at that pace. By taking that back to the garden in Eden "tree of knowledge" whose fruit is called "good and evil" we should see since Genesis' first three verses began with dark and light to make everything perfect with its double nature. Our problem is we choose to consider the nature we prefer perfect when perfection is the joining point of the two.

We are perfect in our ignorance is why man, in the garden, became woven from man as Adam renamed us since the girl was believed by the boy to be woven from him they both became woven from man. That was done so we could, via reincarnation, experience every possible scenario available so when we become everlasting beings overseeing earth we will know it is all a temporary illusion, the reality is in accepting both halves.

Bro. Eric, we both came back only to bump into each other.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 01, 2019:

Today is a perfect day. I am glad I came back to read again.

glynch1 on December 12, 2015:

Sometimes "mountains" are symbolic of kingdoms. However, if La Haye did mention the flattening of actual mountains, he undoubtedly was talking about what will occur during the Great Tribulation. The judgments of the tribulation will level the mountains (Rev. 16:20), but this destruction will occur well before the creation of the new heaven and new earth.

I'd be interested to know where you found in the Scriptures where the new heavens and the new earth will have no mountains. Revelation 21:1 says that there will be no more sea; it says nothing about the absence of mountains. I believe mountains are part of God's general revelation, and they appear to speak of the majesty of God the Creator. When the New Jerusalem descends from the heavens, and the glory of God illumines the Earth from it, what need will believers have for mountains? Then again, Scripture does not anywhere say (as far as I know) that mountains will not be around during eternity future.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on December 12, 2015:

Folks

I'm praying for the day when the 'perfect comes' (in the resurrection) but at the same time I think I'll miss the 'imperfections'

I remember reading the 'Left behind series' and was really enjoying it until I read that in their view all the Mountains will be flattened (I know the Bible says it too!) and I was really annoyed as I love Monutains!!! I'd have a hard time in a place without them!!

Blessings

Lawrence

glynch1 on December 12, 2015:

Paul,

I agree that the Lord's "plan" for His people is "perfection and love." However, is not retributive justice also part of God's plan? Will He not also send unbelievers into the lake of fire? (Rev. 20:11-15)

God can and does use those who trust in Him to bring about amazing results in this world; however, I would not go as far as you do in saying that "some of God's perfection can enter the world through us." Nothing is absolutely perfect in this present world. Only when He brings about the eternal state will we witness absolute love in the new heavens and the new earth and absolute justice in the lake of fire.

Paul K Francis (author) from east coast,USA on December 12, 2015:

glynch,

I believe God's plan is perfection and love. Opening our hearts is like a deep trusting. I believe that some of God's perfection can enter the world through us when we trust and when we live in loving ways. And when we live in loving ways, like being kind and forgiving, we may be able to help make the world a better place in which to live.

Have a great day.

glynch1 on December 10, 2015:

Paul,

I am not sure I know what you mean by "open up our hearts to God's plan" and "allow a little bit more of that perfection to exist in our lives." Please explain.

glynch1 on December 10, 2015:

Lawrence,

In the "new heavens and the new earth," only resurrected, perfected believers will be alive to inhabit them. So, there will be no chance for imperfection to creep in and mess things up.

Paul K Francis (author) from east coast,USA on December 10, 2015:

Ha, ha! Mess it up? Not likely, Lawrence. When we open up our hearts to God's plan, we allow a little bit more of that perfection to exist in our lives and our everyday worlds. Thanks for your comment and have a great day.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on December 08, 2015:

Paul

I really liked and enjoyed the pictures you painted with words. If only our world was perfect? Then again imperfect me would probably mess it up!

Blessings

Lawrence

Paul K Francis (author) from east coast,USA on November 24, 2015:

Well, I can't argue with that. Thank you, lifegate, for reading and commenting.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 21, 2015:

As glynch says, "Not until He creates a new heavens and a new earth will life be truly perfect. . ." and I can hardly wait. Thanks for your thoughts.

Paul K Francis (author) from east coast,USA on November 16, 2015:

Thank you Eric for your good words and ideas. I think about these things often, and the good thing is that if I find myself over-thinking, I can just let it go. It's a win-win situation. Have a great day.

Paul K Francis (author) from east coast,USA on November 16, 2015:

Thank you glynch1 for your input; it's the kind of thing I am looking for. I am very much interested in the mysteries of the physical world. I do not think this is at odds with my religious beliefs. I look for connections, but I do so with reverence and humility. Have a great day.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 15, 2015:

A marvelous treatment of a very important concept to ponder. I lean toward everything being exactly the way it is supposed to be. But I stop short of accepting that as I go about my day to day. Irritants really come from our inside out I think.

Thank you

glynch1 on November 14, 2015:

Only the biblical world view flawlessly describes reality. God created a "very good" world, but mankind's fall through disobedience corrupted it. By God's common grace, some "good" things remain; those "good" things are the nice things God allows all of us to experience. But we cannot recover the "good" by aligning ourselves with God because our sin does not permit it.

We are fallen creatures living in a fallen world that God will not restore until Christ returns to the Earth, reverses the curse, and sets up His millennial kingdom. Even then, things will not be perfect. Not until He creates a new heavens and a new earth will life be truly perfect, but only for those who have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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