Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Faith Check...

Here is an excerpt from Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, that i want to share with you.


"Father," Chartrand said, "may I ask you a strange question?"

The camerlengo smiled. "Only if I may give you a strange answer."

Chartrand laughed. "I have asked every priest I know, and still don't understand."

"What troubles you?"

Charland took a deep breath. "I don't understand this omnipotent-benevolent thing."

The camerlengo smiled. "You've been reading scripture."

"I try."

"You are confused because the Bible describes God as an omnipotent and benevolent deity."


"Omnipotent-benevolent simply means God is all-powerful and well-meaning."

"I understand the concept. It's just... there seems to be a contradiction."

"Yes. The contradiction is pain. Man's starvation, war, sickness..."

"Exactly! Terrible things happen in this world. Human tragedy seems like proof that God could not possibly be both all-powerful and well-meaning. If He loves us and has the power to change our situation, He would prevent our pain, wouldn't He?"

The camerlengo frowned. "Would He?"

Chartrand felt uneasy. Had he overstepped his bounds? Was this one of those religious questions you just didn't ask? "Well... if God loves us, and He can protect us, He would have to. It seems He is either omnipotent and uncaring, or benevolent and powerless to help."

"Do you have children, Lieutenant?"

Chartrand flushed. "No, Signore."

"Imagine you had an eight-year-old son.... would you love him?"

"Of course."

"Would you do everything in your power to prevent pain in his life?''

"Of course."

"Would you let him skateboard?'

Yeah, I guess," Chartrand said. "Sure, I'd let him skateboard, but I'd tell him to be careful."

"So as this child's father, you would give him some basic, good advice and then let him go off and make his own mistakes?"

"I wouldn't run behind him and mollycoddle him if that's what you mean."

"But what if he fell and skinned his knee?"

"He would learn to be more careful."

The camerlengo smiled. "So although you have the power to interfere and prevent your child's pain, you would choose to show your love by letting him learn his own lessons?"

"Of course. Pain is part of growing up. It's how we learn."

The camerlengo nodded. "Exactly."


tsiken said...

this is nice. thanks for sharing.

Janjie said...

Thanks tsiken...