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Religion

April 17, 2014

Why do we always test God?

NORMAN — ‘Do not put the Lord God to the test,’ Jesus said, but don’t we do this all the time?

Human nature

The Rev. Holly McKissick, Peace Christian Church UCC: It’s human nature: testing the limits of God’s peaceful creation.

A man catches a look at himself in the mirror and smiles. His hair, which had been gray, is now blond and curly. He looks good with Alicia, 20 years younger, at his side. Of the new girlfriend and flashy car, a buddy remarks, “Nice midlife crisis.”

It’s true. The recent death of parents has left him feeling vulnerable.

It’s the first recorded feeling: vulnerability.

Adam and Eve are naked in the garden. At first they are good with it; they feel secure in the garden we call Earth. They have everything they need. They are not over-reaching, consuming wildly and depleting resources.

Then the serpent comes like an advertisement for facial fillers or male “enhancement,” creating needs they don’t really have, pointing out their limitations, stirring up their anxieties.

“Eat from the tree in the middle of the garden and you will not die. You will be like God.”

You will not get old and wrinkled. You won’t lose out to the woman in the next cubicle who is younger and more attractive.

They buy it. They test the boundary God established to keep the community in balance, to ensure future generations have clean air and water. So it goes; this is human nature.

It’s true for me. I’d be lost without a faith community that encourages, models and inspires: We have enough. We are enough.

Test of faith

Elder Donald D. Deshler, of the Seventy, Latter-day Saints: As a part of God’s magnificent plan for the human race, he has sent us to earth to gain a body and to learn, grow and develop Godly attributes so we can return to live with him.

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