God doesn't play favorites. Doesn't have favorites. From the beginning until now, God's Chosen people don't come off any better than the reprobates and scoundrels. Even the Bible is straightforward about it: "Time and chance happen to us all." "It rains on the just and the unjust alike." But we seek the advantage above all else, and sermons through the ages have played up the "Give To Get" line to squeeze pennies from the poor hoping for blessings and grace from on high. "Give To Get" is the foundation of all the sacrificial and votive offerings through the ages, across time and place. The idea of God needing something God cannot get for him/her/itself undermines the very idea of God as infinite, eternal and almighty, in complete control of history and of all that happens throughout the universe. A God who cannot be pleased without someone pleasing him/her/it constantly, eternally, is no God at all. God as a partner with us in the service of the good is a valid and lasting quality of That Which Has Always Been Called God, but. It is not an absolute good, but a temporal and impermanent good-- a cup of cold water, a loaf of bread, food for the hungry, visiting the sick and those in prison, sandals and clothes against the elements... Temporary good is the only kind of good that is not offset by evil. What is good for the lion is evil for the antelope. Too much sugar works against those who consume it. We seek the middle road, to live in the center of the bell-shaped normal distribution curve, the reasonable and customary range between extremes, between Yin and Yang, in all things. There we find the blessing sans curse, the good that is fully good, but not totally good, provisional and not everlasting. A benefit of the way that is truly the way, and keeps us going for another day.
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