The God of my Universalist ancestors was understood to be a loving, creative God — not a God of vengeance and violence. And it is personally enraging to hear that some would add “insult to injury” by heaping the burden of what is assumed to be divine dissatisfaction upon the wounds and sorrows of people already disastrously displaced.
Aside from being cruel, insensitive and unhelpful, such accusations make me wonder about the role of humility in our religious traditions. Are we really so in tune that we can be certain of God’s existence, will and reasoning? Are we really so mean-spirited that we would compound another’s sufferings with these self-serving “insights”?
We would do well to set aside such conjecture and turn our attentions instead to the sufferings that we are empowered to ease.