God Just ?
By Maxwell Pereira
In the aftermath of the Tsunami, I watched a priest
on television wring his hands in despair to cry out in anguish,
“How do I explain that the all knowing, merciful and compassionate
Lord, has done this!” This unexplainable and troubling worm
has knawed at the brains of the world ever since. An intense debate
has raged across all lands and waters, with one question: “Is
Much before the year-end of 2004, I learn, The
Lord came to Noah as He did all those millennia ago in the Biblical
era. The Tsunami around the Indian Ocean had not struck then,
and the ones in the difficult-to-assess-or-estimate figure of
near 200,000 dead from around the world had not been victims yet.
One is not sure how much time The Lord gave the
Biblical Noah to build his Ark before He sent down His rain for
forty nights and forty days. But one thing was clear, He was not
happy with the ways of His world, and He chose water then to snuff
out life from those whom He did not want the earth to be infested
Noah, by the way, was now not in the lands only
of the Biblical times or tales, but living in many lands –
in fact there being many of them at different places, living in
modern lands different from the styles of Biblical times. And
to each of them as The Lord appeared in His own way, He said,
"Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated
and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and
save two of every living thing along with a few good humans."
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, "You
have six months before I will start the unending rain for 40 days
and 40 nights". But six months later, the Lord looked down
and saw Noah weeping in his yard... but no Ark. "Noah",
He roared, "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?"
"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah. "But
things have changed. I needed a building permit. I've been arguing
with the inspectors about the need for a sprinkler system. My
neighbours claim I've violated the zoning laws by building the
Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations.
Then the Transport and Highways departments demanded
a bond for the future costs of moving power, trolley and other
overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark's move
to the sea. I argued that the sea would be coming to us, but they
would hear nothing of it.
Getting the wood was another problem. There's
a ban on cutting trees, to save environment, certain birds, fungus
and insect species. I tried to convince the environmentalists
that I needed the wood to save all of these same creatures, but
When I started gathering the animals, an animal
rights group sued me – the types with or without the name
‘Gandhi’ who preached non-violence some years ago.
They insisted I was confining wild animals against their will.
As well, they argued the accommodation was too restrictive and
it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined
Then the Environmental community pressured the
courts that ruled I couldn't build the Ark until they'd conducted
an environmental impact study on your proposed flood. I'm still
trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission
on how many minorities I'm supposed to hire for my building crew.
Also, the trade unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I
have to hire only Union workers with Ark building experience.
To make matters worse, the Customs and the revenue
authorities seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave
the country illegally with endangered species. So, forgive me,
Lord, but it would take at least ten years for me to finish this
Lo and behold, the report goes that suddenly the
skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched
across the sky. And Noah looked up in wonder to ask, "You
mean you're not going to destroy the world?". "No",
said the Lord. "The Governments all over surely will beat
me to it".
And now, between the Governments and The Lord,
one is not sure who has beaten whom. And why! Nature’s fury
they say is God’s handiwork. But a Tsunami? …..in
which "Nature red in tooth and claw" rears up on its
massive hindquarters, and hurls a 30-foot wall of water against
the lowlands of eleven of the poorest and most populous nations
on earth, including some beachy playgrounds of the rich of Europe
and America, and crushes, chokes, and twists away lives? ….irrespective
of whether they are of good will or bad, believers or not? How
does one explain the ease with which Nature threw this huge chunk
of living, unsuspecting, terrified human victims in Asia to their
Faced with a horrendous natural disaster, rationalists
blame God. The God of Maya and many other religions of nature
has always been known to be cruel, as Nature itself is cruel,
and heedless of human emotion, aspiration, and hope. In this case
though, the God of the so called learned world is also under attack
– for He is the one with the vivid image of divine concern
for the poor, the lowly, and the needy, and of divine gentleness,
friendship and love.
Even so! Faith, they also say, is blind. The recent
sporadic surveys conducted around the world report that over 80%
of humans still believe in God!
words: 31.01.2005: Copy Right © Maxwell Pereira: 3725 Sec-23,
Gurgaon-122002. You can interact with the author at http://
www.maxwellperira.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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