Dr. Hannibal Lecter writing to F.B.I. agent, Will Graham, “… Graham, you worry to much. You would be so much more comfortable with yourself, if you relaxed with yourself. We do not invent our natures, Will; they are issued to us along with our lungs, pancreas, and everything else, Why fight it? … when you were so depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbs to death. It was not the act that got you down, was it? Really didn’t you feel so bad because killing him felt so good? Think about it, but do not worry about it. Why shouldn’t you feel good? It must feel good to God… He does it all the time, and we are made in his image. You may have noticed in the paper yesterday, God dropped a roof on thirty four of His worshipers…. Don’t you think that felt good? Thirty four… He let you have Hobbs. He got 160 Filipinos in one plane crash last week. He’ll let you have measly Hobbs. He won’t grudge you one measly killing. Two now.” (Source: Red Dragon, Thomas Harris, Dell, 1981, 2000, p.p. 348,9).
Although a work of fiction, Dr.Lecter’s analysis of an unsympathetic God to the misfortunes of others is an opinion shared by many.
Stuck in my mind is an experience I had with a single mother. She had fought a long battle with cancer. She feared her death because she was to leave behind two young sons. This mother just wanted to know. If God is merciful, and just, why was he letting her die a slow death? Ultimately leaving to a cruel and mercy less world her two children? An unsettling question which this padre struggled with for years. My theological training did not prepare me to give her the answer. She desperately asked every time I visited her. Decades later, I secured the answer, to late for her. But not for the many others, who seek the same answers. Part of the answer is within this discussion while another from the previous discussion. However, if troubled by similar complexities, private consultations are available. Find the navigation link and click upon the the ‘contact us’ tab.
Most have heard it said that the more things change the more they stay the same. Because as it was in the days of old, so it is today. People want a kingdom, but without God in it. The prophet Samuel installed Saul as King over the Israelites because that is what they wanted. It is recorded, “You have this day rejected your God. Who has himself spared you difficulties and rescued you from your adversaries. For this, what respect was shown to God? None! For the people said to God, Give us a king to govern us, 1 Samuel 10:19.
God has granted humanities wishes to be free of his governance. As God scolded, Adam and Eve over the choice they made. So he scolds humanity to this very day. It is recorded, “It shall come to pass, if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God. Observing all his commandments and statutes. The following perpetual curses you will experience, Deuteronomy 28:15. (Emphasis added through out). In the city you will be cursed. Do not blame God when airplanes crash into your buildings killing whom you think are innocent. Your agriculture will be cursed with contamination. Do not blame God when the presumed innocent are poisoned and some die, verse 16. Religious practices foreign to God’s word, will be cursed, verse 17. Jesus said, many will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall deceive many, Matthew 24:5. Jesus is the totality of the Bible, Revelation 19:13, which includes all the scripture verses cited in this discussion. Cursed will be what is most precious to you; your children. Along with your orchards and livestock, verse 18. Humanity has made its bed and must now sleep in it, verse 19. Humanity can expect to experience more of God’s curses. Designed to create difficulties as a method of rebuking humanity. No matter how noble or great the effort. Even if it means destruction which is the result of humanities wickedness. Because all of us, in our individual ways have forsaken our creator, the LORD GOD Almighty, verse 20.
That has been humanities story since the dawn of time. Dating back to Adam and Eve. They chose to be like God. Instead of being in subjection to him, Genesis 3:5,22. Humanities struggles and adverse experience were ushered in as of Genesis 3:23.
The consequences have been severe for our species. Leaving many like Dr Lecter and my single mom to judge God instead of themselves. All such consequences have a purpose which is as follows. “For in the day of prosperity be joyous. But in the day of adversity consider: God also has set the one over against the other, to the end that humanity should find nothing after him, Ecclesiastes 9:14.
It is a hard lesson for humanity to learn. There is nothing after God. But to experience the vestures of his clothing dipped in blood which is his life, death and resurrection, Revelation 19:13. Then by the mercy of God, for those who are wise, “Seek the LORD, all you who are the meek of the earth. Who have kept his laws, and have sought righteousness through your meekness. For you will not be forgotten in the day of the LORD’S anger,” Zephaniah 2:3. For Jesus promised, “But first seek the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33. “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto this day is its own evil,” verse 34.
Just as Dr. Lecter touch upon the often unspoken psyche gratification of pleasures forbidden and then bring psychological confusion. It occurs because badness feels so good which is the result of lives lived between two worlds. Get the answers you want through private consultations.
The LORD bless and keep and keep you safe. The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace, Numbers 6:24-26.