How often we’ve been told God made us uniquely. He made our nose large or small, perhaps he made our eyes hazel. Many an inquisitive child asking why they are this way or that might be answered. “that’s just how God made you.”
But God did not create our bodies.
Similarly, during testimony meetings in church and common conversation, I have heard reference to trials or tribulations administered by God, as in the phrase, “I’m so grateful God gave me this trial because…” or “God sent me this trial because,” fill in the blank. We’ve all heard it.
But God does not give us trials, just as he did not create our bodies.
Our earthly mother and earthly father created our bodies. The way we look and perhaps the way we feel and act to some degree is a result of the very physical DNA combinations and amazing bodily processes that make us who we are. Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, our physical characteristics are directly a result of materials from our mortal parents or fallen man. Mutations and imperfections randomly occurred in the amazingly intricate pattern of genetic reproduction which was originally set in motion by a perfect God in the terrestrial sphere. Once in the telestial world, degeneration was and is both expected and exponentiated. Thus, disease and death entered the world. Natural length of life and severity of disease or disability depend on how critical the breakdown. Some incorrect base pairing in the DNA sequence will result in absolutely no discernable change, while another may cause severe malformation and/or mental retardation. To believe or teach that a perfect and absolutely loving God created anything less than a pain-free and perfect body contradicts his nature. The same principle applies to all trials. To say that God crafted and inflicted a trial upon just you might be accurate. But I believe this is a rare exception to the rule. A rule which states that trials are a result of the fallen world in which we live, the power of Satan, and the agency of ourselves and others. Perhaps an all-seeing, perfectly loving and omnipotent God may allow us to pass through some of those tribulations which are outside of our control by refraining from deflecting them away from us, but I do not see God sitting upon a cloud and looking down on his children with trials like lightning bolts, who identifying a target throws that bolt of Cancer, then fire… or the death of a child.
Certainly our God is a God of justice, and has lashed out in fury upon the inhabitants of the earth from time to time, as is necessary. Still, remember the rule. It is only because we cannot yet see his hand that we do not recognize how much more he acts to protect us, especially those who heed his commands, thereby allowing heavenly help by their agency and permission. God values our agency too much to counter every action his children might take, including those that hurt others, and he loves us too much to shield us from the experiences he knows will give us experience and be for our good. In the garden He created a perfect system and a perfect world, because he is perfect and cannot create imperfection. Mankind brought about the fall and the sin and death which combine with the natural forces of the telestial earth and power of hell to make this place dark and dreary, lone painful and unfair, but once again God created a perfect system to make everything right at a later point in the plan of salvation. It is a plan which he knew would be necessary from the beginning to completely heal and cleanse all who desire it. It is the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
If you expect a good life because you are a good person, you’re wrong. You can expect a good eternity, though, and a heck of a lot of growth. It must be late cause this is going downhill fast. So Imma call it for now. Night.