The Lord was grieved...

"The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain" (Genesis 6:6).

It is one thing to believe in God, but what kind of God? Ancient pagan deities as well as the secular gods of the present era unfailingly reflect the self-absorption of their devotees; responding either with indifference or caprice. Only the God of the biblical tradition cares enough about the world to experience emotional pain by reason of the rebellion and folly of his earthborn children. Parents cannot help but empathize. A God who suffers at the hands of his creatures! Astonishing. If it is true, kindness and love lie at the core of reality. If it is a lie, cruelty and cunning are all we have left.

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