Just to clarify my Mother is not
, at this moment in time, dead. Nor am I some zealot who believes he has a celestial entity posing as a matriarchal figure - however cool that might be.
Before I begin, some music - www.radioblogclub.com/open/960…
I'm quite into melodramatic French things. Especially if they have breasts.
However, an interesting point was raised while we prepared dinner together in a scene of domestic bliss. Which, of course, led us to talk about the existence of God being worthy of worship in the Judaeo-Christian context, the argument (as the pasta simmered) revolved around the concept of the 'Inconsistent Triad' a device of logic that argues that God is not worthy of worship for he allows suffering/evil in the world.
1. If he really was all-loving, he is not all powerful as he cannot prevent the innocent suffering (therefore is he truly worthy of human worship?).
2. If he was all powerful, he must be evil to allow the innocent to suffer (Should humans worship something that is evil?).
3. If he is all-powerful and all-loving (as Judaeo-Christian theology states), then why is there suffering/evil?
Irenaeus' (French fella, beard) opposition is that those who suffer are compensated in Paradise. This notion led to, of course, a discussion of what exactly paradise was.
I gave the definition of 'A place in which one is content and happy.' Which is true, to a degree; when you lay on the tropical beach - what's the first thing you say?
Mother rejected this saying that Paradise must be very boring then, for humans only achieve contentment for having strived against hardship to obtain happiness, and therefore a place where these are eternal givens was self-contradictory. This was probably why Eve ate the Fruit of Knowledge and forced humanity to leave Eden - pure bordom. In the real world outside of the contrived paradise of Eden man bloomed and found true contentment through overcoming hardship.
Well, then my response was that her Paradise would be a place in which she would be given challenges so she might feel satisfaction from overcoming them.
That would make Heaven, my dear (she replied), a false world much like the matrix; where we would be given fabricated challenges with no purpose.
Fine! Fine! (I call over my shoulder while slicing the broccoli
Heaven is therefore a place in which challenges have actual consequences if one failed to overcome obstacles.
Then (, she looks up at me and winks,) what is the difference between Heaven and Real-Life? I've had challenges in my life but I've won-through and here I am; happy and contented with how I am. - "
Therefore, I present the notion to you that my mother found Nirvana while making Macaroni-Cheese on a gloomy Monday evening. I feel a little jealous but I guess the lesson is we all must face up to what life gives us and struggle through as no God is going to come down and save us... as he obviously cannot, or enjoys watching our pains.
Enjoy your Heaven Mother, until the next set of challenges. Post Scriptum
Yes, it was my Seventeenth Birthday last weekend. I'm glad you remembered. ;D I'm not a huge fan of people so kept it small, eating Chinese and playing Tekken. I've started my Driving Lessons - a sensation that I find very natural and I think learning to drive and taking my tests may be very enjoyable.
Best of luck everyone, please find inner-peace too!