Author: Adisha
•Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I've lived almost three decades now and yet when I talk to my mother who has two more decades on me, we have disagreements over what life means and what's the best way to resolve a situation - hypothetical or real.

Just yesterday, we were conversing and my mother says that all that happens is with the will of God. Our decisions, actions, every minute event that occurs is coz that is what God wants.

Now I honestly do not agree with that. For that pretty much absolves people of taking responsibility for anything that they do or happens in their life. It's like saying, no matter what you've done, you aren't responsible. Besides, where is the fun in living life to the fullest, if it's the life you would be having no matter what decision you take.

My belief is that life is in our hands. God isn't so cruel as to make you miserable on purpose or make you do bad things but yes, He defines certain paths in your life. The one you take leads you to the next one in the matrix and so on. While this may be a lot of work for Him, I believe that's where free will comes into the picture.

To which my dear mother responded, " Then why is it that bad things happen to good people or people with good intentions cannot go through on their desires ? "

I admit that stumped me for a minute but I came back with the logic that, "The intention is what matters. The action may or may not come to fruitation because our lives our not our own. They are connected to a number of individuals whose paths and intentions influence ours.

Thus, supposing you ( my mother ) wants to go to the temple, but father is busy at work and no one can pick you up and give you a ride then that doesn't mean you didn't want to go. That just means that things didn't work out. "

Now lots of people out there might find flaws with my point of view but then it's a work in progress. I just felt I should put it out there to see the reaction it Might generate. :)
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4 Spin Offs:

On July 24, 2010 at 2:21 PM , The Survivor said...

I guess one can have different views/beliefs and how they respond to life's ups and down determines how strong one's faith/belief is.

Both can work out or not, it works differently for everyone and there is no way of knowing if God defines one's life or is it truly in our hands to create future.

As far as bad things happening to good people, well if they don't make fair, good and smart choices they will be at the receiving end.

Being good does not signifies anything when life throws challenges at you, its how one makes the best out of it and bounces back that determines what one is made of :)

 
On July 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM , MangoManBunty said...

i believe god has made an unending flowchart for one and all. Every time, there is a rhombus. and the choice leads us to a world. ah, the butterfly effect, changing everything topsy turvy!

 
On July 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM , Paul Andrew Russell said...

Intention is everything. :-)

 
On July 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM , Baljinder Singh said...

Intent is always more important than content....
Well...God is the ultimate ruler, no doubt but He has provided enough autonomy to humans to lead the life as they want to...The only thing is its realization...When one realizes d true sense of life, he lives as he always wanted to...even one can control his future happenings by controlling his thoughts....
Well put forwarded issue...