There is no effect without a cause

The wicked mind assumes that there can be an effect without a cause. Hence, a criminal takes comfort in owning something without exchanging anything for its value. Corruption is based on the idea that there would be no cause for the effect of whatever is stolen. When one takes comfort in owning something without contributing anything to deserve it, one would be corrupt.

The principle of exchange seeks to balance up the conditions of ownership. If I need someone’s cow, I have to pay the price that equals the value of that cow. The value could be determined according to what satisfies the seller of the cow. At face value, everything determined by the market price carries credibility, which may cause positive development in any country.

However, this is not always true, especially in a country that seeks to restrict the activities of the general populace. In a country where there is no freedom, products may be scarce. Thereby, unnecessarily, causing price hikes. Such a suppressive government cannot appreciate that the people they suppress have an origin.

Given freedom, a human being is answerable to his creator. There is a purpose for the existence of that individual—determined by the one who created him. It is insane for any person to assume responsibility for another person, also created in God’s image. Such an environment is made possible by humans who assume that there can be an effect without a cause.

A sprouting mango plant grows to produce mango fruits. A newly born calf grows to become a heifer that then produces another calf. All creation bears some reason for their creation. This includes creatures that may be viewed as harmful to other species. It would be a question of identifying with the cause, to establish the reason for the existence of the assumed harmful species.

The cannabis plant has long been viewed as unacceptable until after medical professionals discovered effective medicinal components in that plant. The fact that one may not know the purpose for which any species exists, does not make its existence unplanned. Everything created by God holds a special reason, although not yet discovered by those of this world.

In the physical universe, we observe the effects of everything existing, but without knowing the reasons for their existence. Even when we gaze up in the skies, at night, we see a constellation of innumerable stars. Not a single one of them appears, without a cause. We may readily appreciate the reason for the sun, illuminating the paths of our movements.

But, in the starry hosts, are billions of stars whose existence may never be known by ordinary people. Yet every star, known or unknown, exists for a special reason. There are people known to have spent their lives in astronomy. They may have discovered innumerable galaxies in all corners of the universe.

But it remains unlikely that they can ever discover the purpose of each of those stars. It can be considered a futile exercise, trying to discover the purpose of the existence of those stars. Their purpose may not even be connected to our planet. Trying to study galaxies, before studying the effects, as existing in our planet earth, can be too steep a gradient.

What is the purpose for the existence of individual species across the world? What about the species in the deep oceans of this planet? We have more unknowns in this world than the things known. The worst thing to do is to engage in suppressing any of those created species. Nevertheless, the most unknown and suppressed species on this planet are human beings.

Suppression exists more for humans than for any other existent species. God created man in His image. Any individual seen walking on the streets is an effect, of whose cause the person might not know. The establishment of that cause cannot be understood by anyone except being discovered by the person himself. However, when seeking to establish the purpose for one’s creation, one should not limit oneself in the physical universe.

In other words, a woman would never assume that the purpose of her creation was only for bearing children. Similarly, a man would not assume that the purpose of his creation is solely for impregnating women. The phenomenon of being either a man or woman is limited to the physical universe. Beyond the physical universe, a human being is spiritual.

In God, there is no procreation, similarly to what goes on in the physical universe. God is spirit and those created in His image are spirits. The purpose for the effect of humanity goes beyond what is observed in the physical universe. Women are often looked down upon, as objects of simply bearing children. However, any woman is an effect that is far greater than can be imagined.

The Sadducees once engaged Jesus, based on their limited understanding of humanity. They had limited their knowledge to the physical side of humanity. They used examples of how complicated it would be, at the resurrection, when the resurrected people connect with their previous spouses. Unfortunately, they were only displaying their ignorance, to Jesus.

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.  At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but the living.” (Matthew 22:29-32 NIV).

The syndrome of suppressing other people is a result of ignorance. What is seen by physical eyes is not what was created in God’s image. Just as each species was created for a purpose, in the physical universe, each human was created for a spiritual purpose. However, the peculiar phenomenon with humanity is that, unlike other species, humans are often unaware of the purpose of their creation. Other species do not often mistake themselves to be other species.

Although its purpose may not be known by physical humans, each species knows the purpose for which it was created. A lion cannot do anything else, except to apply its feline behaviour to hunt for its survival. A housefly may be a nuisance to human beings. But there is a special purpose for its existence, without which something would not be right, on the entire planet.

Human beings carry more confusion than any other created species in this universe. The majority of humans assume existing without a purpose. They would rather fulfil what is designed by those who put themselves in positions of superiority. This is the effect of insanity, in the highest order, commonly found in degraded societies where dictatorships exist.

Each human being exists for a purpose known only by God. The physical condition in this world makes it impossible for most people to concentrate on what they were created to be. On telling the Sadducees that the resurrected people are like angels, Jesus revealed an up-to-now unknown reality of human potential. Let us stretch our minds a little bit, even though unbelievable to some people. Why did God create humanity in His image?

But before answering that question, let us be clear that God’s image implies the likeness that cannot be altered for anything else. Jesus was correct, in saying anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father. Each human being carries the right to say anyone who has seen him has seen the Father. But the aspect of what is Godly cannot be seen by other humans.

The things seen by our physical eyes serve only to blind us from seeing what is true. I fully understand the confusion that besieges humanity. It is a suppressive environment that takes a person away from what he was created to be. In childhood, when observing things in one’s environment, one is forced to adopt opinions according to the environment.

In seeking to agree with the environment, the individual then shelves his own opinions, taking what the authorities suggest is good. This is what shapes the environment, coming from the so-called authorities. Great minds are in Africa, even though declared as a dark continent. Those great minds are not allowed to shine, considered as threats, by the suppressive leaders.

The suppressive people cannot accept that there is no effect without a cause. Parents should not even assume that they caused the existence of their children. The only part that the parents contributed could be the genetic existence. The real cause of the existence of any child is beyond the parents, themselves.

Any individual, known to exist in this world, carries what is far beyond human potential. As created in God’s image, that person carries all the attributes of God’s image. That person could also create clusters of galaxies, similarly to what we see in our physical universe. That person happens to be the product of what is not different from the one who created him.

The question of how the galaxies created by that individual would look like depends on how His creator had in His mind. The cause of those people seen roaming around street corners, cannot be appreciated in this universe. Limited to this physical universe, it is impossible to appreciate what God prepared for those whose choice would be to connect with their Creator.

“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:9-12 NIV).

We live in a world where people are supposed to see things according to the authorities. Such authorities are not different from the serpent that assumed authority when deceiving the woman at the Garden of Eden. They are not only asserting their illusory authoritative supremacy. Ordinary people are also known to confirm it, wholeheartedly.

This is based on humanity’s idolatrous mindsets. Nevertheless, those having accepted Jesus are no longer easily deceived. They know that they are no longer part of the deceived world. They have been accepted as God’s children, appreciating that God could not have created them in vain.

They submit to God, who then shows them the reason for which they were created. That reason would be completely different from what they would have all along assumed to be, before conversion. They would have become a new creation

“No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:7-10 NIV).

The referred rulers of the world are, actually, the suppressive elements, who assume responsibility for other people, assuming to know better. But no truth surpasses the fact that no human being was created to be better than another fellow human being. We are all equal, but different, as designed according to our individual capabilities.

The fact that most people do not even know the purpose for which they were created, does not make them inferior, necessarily. The clarion call is that each individual is supposed to realize having been created in God’s image. The purpose for which any person was created can only be known by himself. Through his private conversation with the one who created him.

If there cannot be an effect without a cause, it follows that the person reading this was also created for a purpose. The encouragement is for that person to communicate with God, in spirit, before God can reveal the purpose for his creation. Some of those people may have to shelve current professions, which they adopted without first appreciating their true identity.

Andrew Masuku is the author of Dimensions of a New Civilization, laying down standards for uplifting Zimbabwe from the current state of economic depression into a model for other nations worldwide. A decaying tree provides an opportunity for a blossoming sprout. Written from a Christian perspective, the book is a product of inspiration, bringing relief to those having witnessed the strings of unworkable solutions––leading to the current economic and social decay. In a simple conversational tone, most Zimbabweans should find the book as a long-awaited providential oasis of hope.

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