Beware of criticizing God for selfish reasons

When people vilify God for failing to make a wholly good world inhabited by wholly good people, I fear that they are not always concerned with moral goodness. Many times they only mean that God should have made a world in which they would always get what they want and one that would be inhabited by people of the sort they like. I suspect that all of the complaints we hear about the way the world runs are only so many variations on a theme spelled out so exquisitely in the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám:

Ah Love! could you and I with Him conspire

To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,

Would not we shatter it to bits—and

Then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!

We humans never get what we want, and, oh, we want it so badly! We want it badly enough to conclude without hesitation that God should have designed this world with our specific needs in mind.

From The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. Copyright © 2015 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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