- Everything that exists shares a single ultimate cause.
- That ultimate cause of everything is only limited by logic in what it can do; it can do anything conceptually possible. So it is ultimately in control of everything.
- One of the things it can do is know everything.
- Since it knows the values of everything (and what is good and best is by definition better than what is bad or worse), and the ultimate cause is able to do only what is good and best, it always actually and only does what is good and best; it is absolutely good.
- So it created everything else, including us—because it knows that this would be good.
- Also because it would be good, that ultimate reality put us in a world where we can make a difference—where we, and our lives, can matter—a lot.
- So we are given the ability to make things better, or worse—in fact, much better, or much worse—so that we and our lives can matter, a lot.
- We have, unfortunately and continually, made things, and even ourselves, worse than they could have been.
- Despite this, because it is good, the ultimate reality wants what is best for us; it loves us, more than we can imagine.
- To make it possible to accept us, and be for us—despite our corruption—the ultimate reality has reached out to us by becoming a human being—Jesus of Nazareth.
- He taught us the truth and how to live, lived a perfect life, allowed himself to be tortured to death, and rose from the dead, for our sake.
- He promised that in the end everything that has gone wrong in this world will be righted: all evil will be put to an end, justice will be established, everyone who has died will be brought back to life.
- In the meantime, he invites us to join with him in doing the good we can in the world—alleviating suffering, working for justice, eliminating evil, helping those who need help, and sharing the good news that the complete fix is coming.
- We can relate properly to the ultimate reality by trust—through which we are enabled to live this ultimately-fulfilling life with confidence.
- On account of these promises, we know that whatever good we do is not for nothing; it matters, in fact, eternally.
In another post I explain briefly why I believe these things:
In a small book manuscript I explain in much more detail: