Rather, God provides us with the tools that we need to solve our problems ourselves.
We cannot solve our problems because we lack virtue. And without virtue, one cannot see very well. Greed, jealousy, envy, and insecurity blind us from the answers we seek. Is this not a true reflection of our lives?
What we lack cannot be found by chance. Virtue comes to us only when we approach God. And if you think this foolish, you do not grasp reality. Let me explain: An engineer studies for at least four years before we trust them to build our structures. Similarly, one must explore spiritual theory and practice for at least seven years before they gain a firm grasp on reality. Without this study, one is agnostic. Agnostic derives from the word gnosis, meaning knowledge. The agnostic therefore understands that they are without knowledge and takes the honest position that they cannot evaluate the matter at hand.
Accordingly, if one has not approached God for many years, when one hears that “Virtue comes to us only when we approach God,” the self-aware response is that one is agnostic. One lacks the knowledge to know if this is true or not. And being agnostic, one has four choices.
Do not let laziness trap you. Do you recall from the twentieth century the discovery of quantum mechanics? Quantum mechanics upended our understanding of physics. Behaviour at the subtle, quantum level appeared incompatible with the mathematics that underpinned macro physics.
Many scientists doubted quantum theory because it did not reflect the world that we see and touch. Quantum theory informed us that at life’s most microscopic levels, that which we see as solid is predominantly empty; matter takes position as both a wave and particle; and quantum-entangled particles respond to each other at enormous distances. But to the lazy or uninformed observer, a table is solid, not empty; something is either light or particle, not both; and information cannot travel faster than the speed of light. To such a mind, quantum theory is clearly inconsistent with reality.
Indeed, society accepted quantum mechanics only after Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and other renowned physicists thoroughly investigated the matter. And so it will be for “Virtue comes to us only when we approach God,” but with even greater difficulty. Society will accept this statement only when a critical mass of the human population sufficiently explores spiritual theory and practice and personally experiences its accurateness.
Approaching God begins with a swelling curiosity about the existential nature of life. You might ask yourself: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Does life continue after death?
Such curiosity will move you toward spiritual theory and practice. You will be drawn to the theory of the Holy Bible, Bhagavad-Gita, Tao Te Ching, or Noble Qur’an. You will begin practices such as mindfulness, meditation, prayer, or yoga.
Such theory and practice will awaken further questions. You will therefore seek out answers to these questions through yourself and others. And if you are sincere, a bona fide spiritual teacher will enter your life and provide guidance.
Such extended exploration brings about a change in perspective about yourself and others. Internally, you discover a newfound mental clarity; life touches you more deeply than before; and simplicity calls to you more than extravagance. Externally, you are more patient with others; compassion arises naturally within you; and forgiveness feels lighter.
With such change in perspective, you begin to realise that virtue does indeed only come to us when we approach God.
Without virtue, greed, insecurity, and envy blind us from discovering the solutions to our greatest challenges. But we cannot attain virtue by chance. Virtue comes to us only when we approach God. In this way, God does not solve our problems directly. Rather, God provides us with the elevated perspective that we need to solve our problems ourselves.