God Created me to _____________

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Did God really create us to fulfill some purpose or do we have free will to do and be who we choose to become? My contention is that our family, peers, teachers, and relationships do more to create the person we become than some idea of God does.

Did God Create Me for a Purpose?

Yesterday I caught a glimpse of an advertisement for a reality show entitled something like “The Trappers.” The short ad featured a bearded man who made the following statement: “God created me to be a trapper.” He had more to say, but this was the take-away for me.

This really set me to thinking. I came up with a whole list of things to ponder.
1. Is there a God who creates individuals to play certain roles in life?
2. If number 1 is true, what does God have against all the critters these trappers capture and kill?
3. Does this mean that every choice we make is directed by God?

The God is All or Nothing Philosophy

When I was teaching in the Federal Prison, I met inmates who believed that it was God’s or Allah’s will that these individuals commit their various crimes and that they should go to prison for said crimes.

I totally rejected such thinking because there was no self-responsibility, no accounting for individual will, but I did listen to their logic, which went something like this: “If God/Allah is all-powerful, then He (The Divine Entity was very masculine in these encounters) controls everything. If it was not his will it could not have happened.

There is some logic in that statement but I believe personal responsibility supersedes any type of divine intention. While I know there is a Unified Field in which we all move and have our being, I do not believe this Source ever interferes with our individual choices. So, in other words, I reject the idea that there is a power out there that created me or anyone else for a certain purpose. I believe this Power gives us the ability to become the best version of ourselves which we are capable of conceiving. I do not believe Mike the Mountain Man was created to kill animals for their furs, nor do I believe that Jeffrey Dahmer was created to eat his neighbors.

What I Believe

I know my beliefs are not popular. People find great comfort in their belief that God created them for a certain purpose. At least some do; others spend their entire lives attempting to uncover this divine calling, which for some never seems to appear.

I believe we all have free will. I am not sure this free will is manifest in human form or if it is decided by our soul, most of which resides in Source, but I believe we can make the choice, today, to pack our bags and move to Cancun, start a jet ski business, and drink Pina Coladas if we decide that is what we want to do. I think I could walk into a bank tomorrow with a note that demanded their money and probably find myself in prison fairly quickly. The point is this: It is not God’s will for my life that I try to learn to write well, it is mine. I choose not to rob banks simply because I choose to reject such a lifestyle, it has nothing to do with God or with God’s will for my life.

While I recognize the possibility, maybe even the probability, that I am wrong about the nature of man’s relationship with the Field which permeates all that Is, I simply cannot imagine a God that creates one man to kill another man, such as the “God created me to be a soldier” individual. Nor can I conceive of Love creating a human for the purpose of killing rabbits because their fur is in demand. It just all seems too contradictory to be a real possibility.

I understand people’s need for belief that the divine not only accepts their actions but was, in fact, the cause of such choices, but I do not believe it is a possibility. Any time we seek to assign attributes to God, we are creating the Divine in our own image, so it is completely logical that we would create a God who created us to be killers. Whatever helps you make it through the night, right?

God Only Loves, I’m Not There Yet

As a quick disclaimer, I am not suggesting that it is wrong to kill animals, humans, or to rob banks. It is not anything that appeals to me, in any way, but the God I have created, in my mind, would never judge such actions. I would like to say that I, too, do not judge a shooter who would go into a school and kill innocent kids and teachers, but unfortunately I am not quite that evolved. It is my goal, to love as the God of my dreams Loves, but my first reaction is disbelief, followed my anger, and finally, followed by pain-filled sorrow, when such an event occurs.

Everything we are is God. If we really believe it is God’s will for us to trap beavers to make $ 60.00 for their pelt, then it is so. It’s no worse than praying that God is on our side on the battlefield or in the football game. We use our idea of the Divine to justify all sorts of actions. Why not? Clearly God created me to be a cynic, right?

I think we need to take responsibility for our actions and not place the burden for our actions on an idea of some God which we have created in our own image. If we do not have free will, there is no logical reason for our existence here. If there is a Divine Entity pulling all our strings, we are nothing but puppets in some silly dance that we will never understand. If I want to go out and kill people who don’t look like me, people who worship in a different way from me, I hope I would have the courage to claim responsibility for my actions and not say that it was because God created me to be a soldier. But then what do I know, perhaps God created me to question everything.

100% Responsibility = Freedom

The only freedom we can ever find is through taking 100% responsibility for our lives. There is no joy to be found in blaming our lives, our choices, on some mythical God, out there somewhere. We are what we are because of the choices we make and have made, not because some creator decided that this is who and what we should be. I think our parents, teachers, peers, and relationships had more to do with forming and shaping us than the Unified Field did. We are and have always been free to choose the direction of our lives. It is no wiser to say that “God created me for this” than it is to say that “The Devil Made Me Do It.

To be free, we must claim and own our freedom. Any other choice abandons and disregards Truth.

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Pictures used with permission from Pixabay
Text © Elliott Teters 2015
First published at http://www.secretstopeace.com on 10/09/2015

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Behavior, Choices, Devil, God, Love, Personal Responsibility, Personality, Purpose, Responsibility, Unconditional Love, Unified Field

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author avatar brendamarie
8th Oct 2015 (#)

I do believe in God and that we are all here for a reason. But, I also believe in Free Will. We are in control of what happens to us. So we must take responsibility for our lives.

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author avatar onenow
8th Oct 2015 (#)

There is no doubt, in my mind, that we live, move, and have our being in an Energy Field which I have called God, most of my life. What I find hard to swallow is that this Force created Hitler to kill 6 million Jews or Stalin to kill 49 million people. Free will must play a part in determining our roles in life or, as I said in the article, we are all just puppets. And that would make even less sense to me than believing that Ted Bundy was here for the purpose of killing young naive girls.

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author avatar onenow
8th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for the comment BrendaMarie

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author avatar Shamarie
8th Oct 2015 (#)

"We are and have always been free to choose the direction of our lives." I agree with that quote so much, Onenow! Thanks for sharing this article!!!

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author avatar onenow
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you for the comment friend. I appreciate you.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
9th Oct 2015 (#)

Beautiful post my friend, the reflection in each lines makes fell very grateful to our Holy Father of being here, because without him we are nothing, cheers!!

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author avatar onenow
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern for your comment. I am grateful for your presence.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Hi onenow, I just discovered this post and I have to say that I loved it.Very profound indeed my friend. I feel that we decide certain things before coming here, such as the people who we we encounter and our experiences. Our free will lies in how we handle the people and circumstances while we are are. I will read more of your posts. Blessings.

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author avatar onenow
16th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you for your thoughts. I happen to agree with you that we make decisions about what we need to do before we come. Everything else is just details. This is why I said I am not sure the free will is here or where we come from but I do believe we have it, somewhere.

Thanks for being here.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

I meant while we are here.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Onenow - I like reading your posts that resonate within me - I write on similar topics as you have seen; have similar views too, not at all rigid.

I believe we are given the power and freedom to exercise the many choices, to chart the course of the creative process, as co-creators to some extent. I also believe - variety is the spice of life and that is why we have so many beliefs, however some think we are different though we are from the same source.

If I want to acquire material wealth at the cost of everything else then it is my choice and I cannot say God forced me to take that course. I believe too we have an inner knowing that we should tap to realize our true potential. The crux lies in the consequences of our actions and we should pay the price for whatever we set out to do - siva

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author avatar onenow
20th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva.

I think you are wise and I appreciate you sharing that wisdom here.

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author avatar Carol Roach
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

I don't believe in blaming God for everything that has happened to us, bu I do believe that the calling that some people get and I must stress for the good, is divine, and it is an experience beyond words. I have had that calling. No some me argue it is my own mind fashioning my desires, but for me I know it is more.

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author avatar onenow
24th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for your comment Carol. I had an experience back in 1985, I had spent a week solid in meditation. I was looking for discernment about what my purpose in life was. After all this time spent in the silence, I heard the words as clear as if someone else was in the room "I Don't Care," I spent many more days trying to clarify that and what I got was that what we do is not important to the Divine, it is who we are that is important. I have lived my life from that understanding for the last 30 years. I appreciate you taking the time to read my page and to share your wisdom.

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author avatar Carol Roach
25th Oct 2015 (#)

yes and there has always been the division between the Protestant and Roman Catholic faith about what makes you a christian, a belief or good works. Yes just what we do does not make us who we are but I believe this is who we are guides what we do

I realize it as a circular argument

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