GOD AND DEVIL.
“You seem to think God put all our desires in our hearts. What if we have desires to do things we know are not right, and the doing of which will hurt some one’s feelings? I do not believe ignorance is the only cause of sinning. We do things we know are wrong.” C. B.
If “God is All,” where can a desire come from if not from God? There is no thinker but the One Great Thinker you call “God.” All creation is made up of God’s trains of thought. The real, informing, thinking self of all beings is that same One Thinker. He (or It) is working through all ages to think out the justice, love, wisdom that is in Him. He weighs one side of a thing through me, and another through you; and He waits patiently until He can figure it all out and arrive at the meeting place of truth.
Just as in your individual mind you seem to weigh and reason first one side and then another, so the One Thinker weighs and reasons all sides of The Truth through all people.
Sometimes you are inclined to think one thing is right, and then you change your mind and go over to the other side. So the One Thinker seems to change His mind and go from one side to another.
He first decides that the Israelites shall go; then He thinks through Pharaoh and’ says they shall not. Then He thinks still louder through Moses and they start. Then He sees Pharaoh’s side again and “hardens Pharaoh’s heart” (that is just what the Bible record says), and tries again to hold them. Then inch by inch He fights over the two sides in His mind (there isn’t any place but God’s mind, and we are all in it) until he finds the point of perfect justice, or equity.
The same One Thinker, or God, has debated within Himself as to whether the Filipinos shall go free or belong to the United