Parashat Bechukotai

Saturday 1st June 2019 42nd Day of Omer 27th Iyyar 5779

Parashat Bechukotai

Leviticus 26:3-27:34; Jeremiah 16:19-17:14; Matthew 21:33-46

What is the most important question in life? Perhaps: "Is there a God?" If there is a God, then there is every possibility that God created the world with a purpose and our lives have meaning. If there isn't a God, then all was created randomly and meaninglessly and the only meaning in life is that which we choose to impose upon our lives.

If there is a God, then there very well may be consequences for our actions; God may have a standard of behaviour He expects us to live up to and if we don't, then to use the colloquial "there is hell to pay." If there isn't a God, then it is only the justice of mankind we need to be concerned about. As one wit put it, "If there is no God, then there is only one commandment, not ten: 'Thou shall not get caught.'"

There are at least four possibilities:

1) never think much about the question

2) espouse believing in God without thinking about the consequences

3) believe in God and think that how we decide to lead our lives is exactly how God wants us to live it or

4) believe in God and believe in a Revealed document of God's will.

There are reasons why people do not believe or do not want to believe in God and resist investigating if there is a God:

1) because there is evil in the world; bad things happen to good people

2) they look at belief in God as a crutch for losers who can't make it on their own

3) if there is a God, it implies that there is purpose to creation, values to live by and

ultimately restrictions. People do not like restrictions in their lives.

However, even if one has st