What happens to us in this lifetime is not entirely predetermined. If the omnipotent God were in total control of every tiny aspect of what we do, e would be incedibly boing/bored.
Is He even interested? I say probably. But I am not totally convinced that He sets up events in specific ways for us to have to deal wth them. It makes no sense. Yes Job had to go through 'hell', but I still think that story is metaphorical rather than literal.
If we live our lives with the knowledge that we are saved, and salvation began when Jesus Christ took over, then the everyday situations we face are insignificant in the big scheme of things.
I'm thinking that maybe alot of what we do doesn't matter at the end of the day. And the stuff that we may think doesn;t matter, actually has long lasting impact on both ourselves and on others as well.
it is quite a paradoxical situation and condition.
But then again, what do I know?
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