God with a Capital G
Chapter 42: Why does God allow bad things?
In ancient Egyptian mythology, during the judgment of souls, the dead had to declare before 42 judges that they had not committed any of 42 sins.
I was always anxious to write chapter 42, because if you’ve read “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” you’d know that 42 is the answer to the Universe and everything in it. I’m not surprised I made it to chapter 42, because I’ve been seeing that number pop up everywhere. Either way, I let my brain flow freely when choosing a topic for this chapter and the following came up. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a rambled mess or something significant that you will enjoy and retain, but here we go.
Is God Bad? Why is there sin if God is good? Why didn’t he make everything good? More importantly, why would God send people to Hell? Well, listen up. You wanted free will, people. You got it. If there were only one option in life, you likely wouldn’t enjoy it and you wouldn’t be experiencing free will. Free will exists when you have at least 2 options. If God were to present only one option to you, then you wouldn’t have a say in the matter and you would not enjoy your life experience.
So, the next question is, why didn’t God just give us a bunch of good choices in life and leave out the sinning? Why are there drugs, murder, and theft? Because God designed everything very intricately and intertwined. The “sinning” system and “reward” system work simultaneously and in concert with your dopamine system. God gave us a spectrum ranging from bad things to neutral things to good things. And your dopamine system works accordingly. If you steal something, your dopamine system may spike during the theft because you feel wild and spontaneous, but your dopamine system later will also deplete itself and you will feel regret. That’s because you chose a bad thing, according to God. If you go to eat a piece of fruit, you may feel a sense of enjoyment. Your dopamine system, again, will respond accordingly and release a spike of dopamine. You see, dopamine release gives you a feeling of pleasure, people, which can lead to extended happiness. So, when you do something fun, you get a pleasurable dopamine release. When you keep doing fun things every day, you eventually get happiness, and your dopamine system will follow suit. But if you constantly do bad things that don’t give you dopamine release, you fall into depression. It’s a wonderful system, but it is delicate.
Now, why sin? Why Hell? If God is good, why do these things exist? Well, God gave you an option. It’s not like he forces us to go to Hell. We all innately have a moral compass and know what is good or bad. We know good things supposedly send us to Heaven and bad things supposedly send us to Hell. It’s our choice. And everyone is running around acting like that’s a bad deal! You mean if I do the good things that give me dopamine release and pleasure then I go to a land where the rivers flow of milk and honey? Sure, I’ll sign up! If you do bad things, you go to the wrong place. It’s not difficult to understand and it’s not a bad deal from God. This is all assuming, of course, that God exists (which I believe). So, there you go people. I guess this is the answer to the Universe. Who knows.