Editor’s note: Margaret Feinberg is a popular speaker and author of numerous books, including “Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God,” which releases on Christmas Day. Follow her on Twitter @mafeinberg.
By Margaret Feinberg, Special to CNN
Why, God, why? Why do you allow the horror of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School?
Why do you allow the loss, pain, terror, heartache and death? Why do you allow evil to triumph and innocence to be stripped away? Is this kind of evil stoppable? And do we have some role to play?
In the wake of so many unanswered questions, what kinds of questions do we really need to be asking? Are you cajoling us to ask how we can prevent this from happening again? Is the answer found in gun regulations, better security or deeper changes in our own hearts and lives?
Does preventing these kinds of crimes actually begin with us? If we had more compassion on those on the margins - those who wrestle with the demons of mental illness and social exile, who may be pondering violent acts at this very moment - can we prevent this horror from happening again?
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Are you prompting us to search our own lives and hearts to identify who we need to recognize that we’ve overlooked? In our families? Neighborhoods? Schools? Workplaces? Communities? Retirement homes?
Who are the kids and adults being shoved to the sidelines of life on whom we need to extend compassion? Where have our arms been too short, our hearts too closed to embrace?
Is this a potent reminder that our call is to be more sensitive to those who feel unloved, marginalized, shunned from our society? Are you awakening us to the fact that we all play a role in these matters?
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Have we helped create troubled souls like Arizona gunman Jared Loughner, Colorado gunman James Holmes and now Connecticut gunman Adam Lanza through our failure to extend kindness to those who need it most?
What are the words we need to learn to say not just with our mouths but our actions? Are you challenging us to express, “I love you!”; “You matter!”; “You’re good at that!”; “We’re glad you’re here!"; “Want to join us?” or something more?
Will you grace us with the courage to extend a love we do not have on our own?
Why does it seem that before we can change, we need to encounter you? Will you give us eyes to see those who feel invisible, ears to hear their cries for help and hearts broken for victims who prey on victims?
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How can we reflect you and your love during this difficult time? Will you pour out your grace, strength and love on those who have lost so much? Will you wrap your arms around them? Will you be with them in a tangible way?
Will you give them unexplainable peace? Will you do something miraculous? Will you unleash your redemption and restoration in this situation? Will you take prayers we’ve offered this week and make them habits of our hearts?
Will you do what only you can do, and take our breaths away again? Will you astound us with the wonder of who you are in the midst of that which makes no sense? Will you draw us all closer to you and to each other through this time?
In the wake of your love, will you teach us what better questions we need to ask and how we need to respond? Will you help us, oh Lord? Will you let it be so? Amen.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Margaret Feinberg.
The Universally-Formed Multiple Cosmos of the Triune Manifestation
We all live amid two chasms of cosmological orders. We have the inner-cosmos and the outer-cosmos. The inner-cosmos is atomically made and is the universal construct of the outer-cosmos. One could not have an outer cosmos without there being an inner cosmos. Both are synonymously of the same natures. It stands to reason the inner-cosmos was made first and the outer-cosmos came into being only after the passive finalization of the inner-cosmos was made near complete. The inner-cosmos is transcendent and fixed while the outer-cosmos is ascendant and malleable in their dualities natures.
The third cosmos is of life itself made from the inner-cosmos living upon the terrestrial planetary faces of the celestial outer-cosmos. This third cosmos is the celled cosmos or the cellular cosmologic orders duly ordained of and by and even for all life forms to be made anywhere cellular life can gain a foothold to evolve and gain in the abundant natures toward the evolution of its structures ever evolving in base pairings. Without the two main Cosmos coming into existence; living cellular cosmologies could not ever exist.
The trinity or threefold nature of chasm cosmologies is being one of the greatest and grandest gestures ever to have been formulated! To say God had nothing to do with such a feat of cosmologic inter-dependencies seems an infallible congruency inconsistent for one to say or think otherwise. To say the nature of God is to keep inflating the physical elements of the outer cosmos while deflating the essence needs for the inner-cosmos leaves one to wonder about the third cosmological construct’s real nature for having been created. Why then is there cellular cosmos of living cosmologies and when did such life become established?
The history of multifaceted cosmological expansionism within celestial symmetries comes from the terrestrial complacencies of planetary regularities and solarized objectivism wherever the abundance of inner cosmologies coalesces to form stars, planets and moons among many other fragmented structures within the spatial confines of a universally formed Cosmos.
Life, upon the celestial shorelines of the terrestrially compliant are as a biologic ‘cellularistic’ cosmological constant, and were ever formed and are continually forming seemingly unto forever as well placed living conglomerations in naturalisms arcades of wondrous cavalcades marching in steps of melancholy tributes to God upon the most high cosmos of universally formidable formations on the highest of unimaginable grounds!
Looooong. Boooooring. Unread.
Why hasn't CNN banned that sophist moron yet?
Sorry-that is just babble with a religious slant. Parts of your statements are correct-however they are interplayed with incorrect conclusions. Please read Scientific American-over the last couple of years they have covered this topic at length.
Atheists in religious forums – comedy.
Athiests are spiritually impoverished and Christians must be kind to the poor.
It's like Mormons in a bordello
One must have a little of something to be labled impoverished, atheists are spiritually void.
Atheists are the most prolific posters on religious forums. They do not believe in spirituality or God, but yet argue constantly with the ones that do.
sq- Interestingly Mormon ran many of the bordellos here in the west, from San Bernadino through Parump and on to Utah.
the 2 biggest charitable givers in history have been non-believers. see bill gates and warren buffet.
Gates is agnostic. Biggest charitable givers are Christian organizations over any other company or person.
Someone has to speak up for reality don't you think? I mean if it weren't for us it would be just mythology posted in response to mythology posted in response to mythology. You should be grateful that there are people who keep both feet planted firmly on the ground and their minds clear and ready for facts and science-based reason.
You would still be praying to god to make it rain and to cure your loved ones of their illness if it weren't for us atheists to teach you about meteorology and germs. In particular you should be grateful that the guy flying your airplane is behaving like an atheist as he does so, and the guy at the controls of the nuclear plant is behaving like an atheist throughout his shift.
Bill Gates may be Agnostic, but his wife does believe in a Christian God and because of her Bill gives a lot to charity.
So you know Bill and Melinda Gates well enough that Bill confided in you that he gives money to charity just to make his wife happy?
How does one "Behave like an atheist"? Are there specific behaviors that are exclusive to not believing in G-d (Besides not going to a place of worship)? I assumed by your reply you simply meant critical thinking, and if that is the case, I would like to assume that you have asked the scientists and the pilots and the guys who runs the nuclear plant on their religious beliefs. If you truly think that having some form of spirituality inhibits any and all critical thinking skills, well all I can hope for is that you one day meet someone who allows you to think about it.
I'm still holding on to the scientific facts of phrenology, the flat earth, global cooling, global warming, the inferiority of blacks, and the non-existence of God.
So you're proud to be an idiot. Ok.
The left's science relys on the ancient earth model of the big bang and the racism of evolution as a means to species. The earth cools and warms depending on the magnetic storms of the sun, but the left wants to figure out a way to tax us for the weather.
@John P. Tarver: Your statement is ignorant and incorrect. There is not "left" science. What there is is a "right" agenda that ignore tested empirical peer-reviewed data to fit their small world view. You have been indoctrinated to believe what you want to ... look up any professional scientific organization to find out what is really going on ... or continue to live in your small ignorant world.
The Left! ~~shakes fist in rage~~
@John P. Tarver,
I LOVE your comment! It wraps christian dogma, inside of science-denial, inside of an every-man-woman-and-child-for-themselves philosophy, inside of ignorance. It is a concise summary of modern christianity in America. It is perfect!!!
The woman who wrote the article has a the same silly clueless euphoric look of many of the "faithful". amazing, it's remarkably similar to the facial expressions of many drug users while high. Coincidence? I think not.
Those right wing radical Hopi fundies are trying to push the "9 steps of Hell" off on our kids in the public schools. The 9 refers to the number of God's in the underworld (5 male and 4 female), any good Aztec knows that. Keep Hopi fundamentalism off the reservation!
If Huckabee and co. truly believe that god permitted this to happen because we shut him out of schools, then god is not only weak, but is an infantile who pouts idlely by while 6-7 year olds get murdered. God is clearly more interested in touchdowns since that is where all his glory is revealed according to the sports stars.
Additionally, if Huckabee is right, then god should be on trial and hanged for not acting as any being with a conscience would. In the court of public opinion and law, the fact he witnessed the event and did nothing, will land him in jail. His lack of actions alone is appalling beyond words.
Or maybe, the simpler and more logical answer is that god does not exist...
It better be: God does not exist. Because the only god that logically could exist is one that isn't very nice.
The Christian fish symbol is also a hex mark against the evil eye, as though there are two different creation stories; and as a matter of fact there are. Creation by the one perfect spirit, or by a third rate demon?
These "science" folks are the Klebolds and Lanza of the world. Sad and pathetic.
It's actually sad and pathetic that, in order to attempt to justify your deluded world view, that you must go to such lengths in associating a few individuals with a broad spectrum of people with a common interest.
What is your common interest?
It's a sad and beautiful world. Contradiction abound, good exists and evil exists. We have a physical world and a spiritual world and both have been proven to exist.
Proof of a spiritual world? Do go on.
Jesus is proof enough for me and my own personal experiences.
where is this proof of spirituality? or god?
Spiritual world huh?
The kool aid drinkers abound I see.
Oh, so you mean to say that there is plenty of proof for the physical world that we all agree on, but only proof for the spiritual world if we see things the way you do. Got it.
Study spirituality and you may be surprised.
I have studied spirituality. Why would you azzume otherwise? There's no proof of a "spiritual world." If there was, we wouldn't be debating its existence, just like we aren't debating the proof of a physical world. You see how that works?
The lower laddered hucksters of emotionalized peasantries are clamoring to pull the chairs of decencies out from under the sat ones who really know the two dimensions of cosmological inter-dependencies.
For all the nay sayers... find proof that it does not.
You won't find 100% with out a doubt proof that it does not.
Find proof that Santa Claus doesn't live at the North Pole.
I was getting educated while y'all wetre getting high. Speaking of high, endorphins exist to kill the pain of thinking and the recreational use of these endorphins may be why our trolls are not so smart.
These are the geeks who scurried around the halls and hung out in the computer labs. They all try to sound tough and smart on here, but they are neither. I wish I could see pictures of this freak show.
What's a "wetre", Tarver?
Considering the quality of your spelling, grammar and critical thinking skills, I'm guessing that making it through the fourth grade is considered "getting an education" in your parts.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
- David Hume, echoing the logical formulation that we have dubbed the "Epicurean Riddle"
Human beings choose their own path, whether it be good or evil. We have free will and we live in a corrupt world of all kinds of illness and human failings as well as good.
worship me or be tortured for all eternity - but you can do what you want. LOL.
It is somewhat bizarre that she ends her religious rambling with "amen". For those who aren't well versed in christian history, amen comes from the hebrew, which in turn came from the Egyptian. Ra was the name of the sun god. Amun-ra was the fusion of the king Amun with Ra. Amun was widely worshipped outside of Egypt, and the name became Amen in Judaic tradition. Many Jewish traditions borrowed from Egyptian symbolism, including the dove you see Jesus releasing in paintings (the Dove represents the holy spirit, as does the Egyptian symbol of the dove spirit seen above important people).
So here we have a discussion of the Christian god, ended with an epithet to Amun-Ra, a legacy tradition that enforces and proves the mythological history of the religion. The irony is thick.
Ra actually opposed the sun god, but you did a pretty good job for a stoner on the story. Eye of Ra, the Hamesh and the Eye of Muriel are all opposed to the sun god and the evil eye.
No, the word "amen" means "so be it" or verily. It is used to agree. Your definition comes from a different spelling. Good try though.
No Ritz. The word you describe is the Hebrew, which is derived from the Egyptian. They are the same word. The word is a supplicant, just a biblical one.
To Perfrid-I just checked your site: On it it states "Mithras was actually born out of solid rock, LEAVING a cave. He was NOT born of a virgin (unless you consider the rock mountain to have been a virgin). His birth WAS celebrated on December 25th,"
The way the text gets out of this is stating Jesus was not really born on that date. What- a cheap answer. And you page is a religious site!
Also if you noticed I indicated many different religions contributed to the myth of Jesus-not just one. Please take more than five minutes to do your research.
Jesus was most likely born during the summer in the middle-east, if at all. We know this because (1) the dates in the bible indicate it was the summer, although it is never directly stated, and (2) the desert would be too harsh during the peak of winter for the many wandering parties and for sleeping in animal stables. The desert is actually very cold during the winter.
Every time that lionlylamb posts a bunch of sophist nonsense, an angel gets his wings...
I am still waiting for my wings ;-)
I can see all these wannabes now, flipping through their kids science textbooks trying to come up with something that sounds intelligent.
The trolls here have no science beyond what NEA wants them to believe. After High School we learn a lot of things that are true, but paradoxical to what NEA wants us to believe.
Well, as I said, if you count YouTube clips of Hitchens and Dawkins, and a little George Carlin, for added venom, these guys have studied a lot of "science" and "religion" since high school.
Although "Squonkk" and "John P. Tarver" enjoy discussing ideas and making assumptions between them, I should point out that all of their statements to date have been unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which their assertions may represent true statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".
Looks like more atheists are looking for answers in the belief blog?!?!
It must be gnawing at their conscience to not know the answers.Why else would they turn to the belief blog?
Are religious people retarded?
The answer to this question is made abundantly clear to me on these blogs frequently.
trying to wake up the religious and encourage peeps to think for themselves
The human genome project is complete and today we know man's closest genome relative is dog. The oxymoron of rapid evolution points to dog and man sharing a common ancestor.
Something is definitely wrong with you.
Hawaii- I am a scientist with an interest in ending the torture of apes in medical experimentsa for human application. Not only because it is unethical on it's face, but also because man is not an ape, but a type of dog; from a DNA perspective.
I'm afraid your assertion is correct, "hawaiiguest". There is, in fact, something wrong with John P. Tarver.
Ah ha! So there are werewolves. I knew it!
Humans closest ancesteral branch are simians, not canids. I have no idea where you got that junk, but we have a fused genome from the great apes, which have one more than us (we have 46, great apes have 48). The fused gene is nearly a literal copy.
Conversely, dogs have nowhere near the number of genes needed to map a human. Dogs have 39. Now, there is a 90% similarity between humans and dogs, but there is a 98% similarity with simians.
Heat- Wrong, but thanks for playing. Where on u-tube or wiki-pedia did you find that nonsense?
Where did you hear this from? Our lineage split from dogs many millions of years ago. We are most closely related to bonobos and chimps. Dont act like you know what you're talking about when you're obviously full of s*&t
Heat- Ape is DNA removed as an ancestor of man, or sharing a common ancestor with man; with respect to the evolution of DNA. Dog is from a probabilities standpoing the animal most likely to share an ancestor with man; if the oxymoron of rapid evolution is true. Please stop spreading the lie that Apes are relatd to man, we already know dog research produces applicable results and ape research does not. It is evil to propigate such outdated science.
You are, in fact, correct, "Hunt". John P. Tarver, to date, has made only unfounded statements or falsehoods.
All the questions posted in this article other than Why God are purely designed to divert the questioning faithful from the base question. To try and over analize the simple question of Why God to the point that you are trying to determine his hidden meaning is absolutely ridiculous. If your God were a loving, compassionate god he would not have allowed this tragedy on Friday. These children and the thousands sacrificed around the world daily have been abandoned by your god. This animal that killed on Friday, and no his name should never be spoken again never in relation to the names and memories of the innocents he destroyed, was also a creation of your god. If the abandonment and this creation are not true then I submit that this god does not exist. Praying to a mythical idol yields the same results as this tragedy. The audacity to suggest these children being taken in god's plan is the most heinous insult of all. Faith is the refuge of the deluded and desperate. Faith is a lie perpetrated on the gullible and the needy. Faith is a means to control, the flock can only follow, and blindly.
People still believe in god? Old habits sure do die hard. We're in the 21st century and it's already been scientifically proven long ago where we came from and there is much fossil and biological evidence to support this claim. Drop the delusions you nuts, the moment you stop believing in a fairy tell and trusting that a fairy tell being will make sure everything works out and take things into your own hands the sooner this world will hit another high note. The only things religions have done for this earth is cause countless deaths and people to judge other people. Pure stupidity and blindness to the truth, how can people be so ignorant and ignore solid proof when their god provides none? Wow, hopefully you sheeple are better soon.
You say religion has contributed nothing, but you wouldn't have science without the contribution of Christians like Galileo, Isaac Newton, Michael Farraday and Francis Collins to name a few.
Stained: The religion didn't contribute to it; the men did.
Atheist leaders and atheist countries as the state religion, has done much more harm to humans than the radicals in any religion. That is a fact.
Read a little more about Galileo. He was tried as a heretic by the church because of his scientific discoveries and his support of heliocentrism. He was found guilty and remained under house arrest from 1633 until his death in 1642. Publication of his scientific work, including any future discoveries, was banned.
The church banned the discovery that the earth and other planets in our solar system revolve around the sun. The church insisted that the sun and all other celestial bodies revolve around the earth.
It was not until 1992 that the pope officially expressed regret for how the Galileo affair was handled, and issued a declaration acknowledging the errors committed by the Catholic Church tribunal that judged the scientific positions of Galileo.
Scientific discoveries are made despite religion, not because of it.
The question is how many of those people believed in god because not believing in god would get you executed?
I cannot begin to think how this would all be one hundred years from now the way things are going with people turning this place into a God-less nation. A shame really...
We can only hope God is relegated to the library for mythological studies and we are as a people are on the right path to enlightenment.
Have you ever been out of the U.S.?
You do know there are countries and regions that are not christian and do quite well. Some are even more prosperous and crime free than the U.S..
Outside of the US, how is god doing in your estimation with the Muslims and all the other believers that want to destroy the USA??
I imagine everything will be the same apart from less hatred and more gay o.rgies.
I hope I am here to see it. God and the church had their time in history and are in the twilight of their existence. Their power is fading if not already gone. They thrived in a time when people did not know any better and were forced to believe in god or else. Now, we are much more educated and the state cannot dictate what or who we must believe in.
Man is man, we are born, we live, we die we rot. Just like any other animal. If you want to believe in some "afterlife" feel free, but just because you believe it does not make it true.
It'll be a far more civilized and rational society. Your god is why we're not there yet.
I was complimented on helping a woman out of the snow....."that was a christian act". Very politely I informed this person that "since when are good deeds only christian? I admit a silly example, but I'm sick of religious arrogance. There are many unanswered real questions that will require real answers, not "God works in mysterious ways"
Recently I told someone that I was not a believer. The person was flabbergasted. 'I can't believe that!" she said, and then went on to describe me in very flattering terms that she firmly a s sociated with "being christian." Pretty funny.
they're gonna look at us like we look at people hundreds of years ago, ignorant, primitive.
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