Good is not random

In the news these days, we hear constantly about the various natural disasters such as the recent earthquake in Japan, or economic troubles, political unrest, riots, and other ills taking place in our world. Wouldn't it appear that there is some large power of a chaotic nature that battles against another power called good (which only flexes its muscle on certain random occasions)? Most people acknowledge the supposed existence of two powers and seem to be affected by them both. While putting their efforts on the side of good, they still fear the possibility that evil will overcome their peace and harmony at any time.

Although there exist organizations like the International Red Cross to provide assistance after disasters, or groups working diligently to protect our environment or defend human rights, and many other activist organizations that are doing much good, still the human efforts are, of themselves, not sufficient and may often fall short of their goals.

Christ Jesus, however, had a perfect record of effective action. The difference is that Jesus' efforts were based on turning solely to divine guidance for supply, direction, protection, and healing in every situation. He demonstrated and taught that there is one God, who is all-powerful and all-good, and that there is no other power. He saw man as the spiritual expression of God, reflecting God's perfection. In sum, he knew that good was not a random happening.

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