Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Scientific Impossibility

Questioning life is a good thing. We never want to reach that level of "OK, I don't need to learn anything else." Questioning the afterlife is inevitable, for every religion and those who don't believe in a "god" or higher being.  What truly happens when we die? Logic will explain everything - even for those who had a near death experience witnessing that great big 'white light' as well as seeing deceased loved ones. It's just something the brain produces that makes you see your life flash before your eyes and perhaps, your dead relatives coming to see you.  Sounds cooky, doesn't it?  But, it has happened and yet, science keeps batting it down as if it was nonsense. Even in my own experience, I was planning to go up to visit my grandmother once in the hospital. The night before, she came to me in a dream and stubbornly said, "I don't want you to see me like this. Don't you dare come to the hospital!" Just a dream... I brushed it off and still planned to go visit her. The next morning, my mother called and said that grandma passed away early that morning. There are a ton of stories where a near death loved one who is in a coma or is gravely ill can actually communicate with those who are close to them. What about terminally ill people who are on their last breath waiting for that last relative to come visit before he or she passes away? I've heard that story so many times and I truly believe that to be true. The unexplainable is just that: it cannot be dissected and proven 100%. Science vs. spirituality is a losing battle. Neither of them win out solely based upon belief systems.

As you've probably read in the comments of this blog post of mine, I ran across a diehard angry atheist who downgraded my ability to plant the seed of faith to three atheist friends of mine. He doubted that they were truly atheistic because of their willing to learn more about another faith, or perhaps just tap into it a little whether or not they converted. I'm not here to convert anyone.  I explained that many atheists who I have come across all sought to make me look "stupid" with my faith in Christianity. They'd even mock my God and make blasphemies which would offend me a great deal. He said I was wrong in "assuming" that all atheists did this, but he never absorbed the fact that I said "the only ones I have ever come across". I explained that perhaps 'somewhere out there', maybe there are atheists who don't behave this way, but that was no better. He said, "To suggest that 'somewhere out there' there might be some is only marginally better than to say that there are none. Again, it's like saying that 'somewhere out there, there are Moslems who don't blow people up. You feel justified in lumping all atheists together into the same pot when I feel quite sure you would never do the same in speaking about blondes, vegetarians, or violin players. Prejudiced people rarely see the prejudice within themselves because, in their minds, they're simply describing the despised group in an accurate manner."  Again, I told him that this was "my" experience - not saying "all" atheists are like that.  Well, this gentleman went on to blast me out of the water, since his "religion" is atheism. All he does is write about his former life as a religious man and basically rants on about his lack of beliefs. I can't see constantly writing about a lack of belief -- I can see someone passionately writing about a belief though. So in my opinion, I truly feel this person is reaching to seek answers. Although his stubborn nature says, "I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR RELIGION BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EXIST", his writing, his actions, his words speak louder. He's angry because the people of that religion possibly gave him a bad taste of what it's like to be spiritual. "Religious" people - the ones who instill the guilt and condemn others for sins while having so many of their own are the culprits for 'some' people to seek atheism. It's a shame there are so many scary religious people that pose doubts and makes other people of faith lose hope of anything greater than themselves.

A couple of questions were posed. One being, if Christians believe in a deity and also the grim thought of hell, then why would God send an "honest man" -- even if he's a non-believer to hell? In my beliefs, I don't believe God would send him to hell. I think it goes much deeper than just casting off non-believers. Jesus said, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; <--(for atheists) but blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." {John 20:29} Many people don't have the chance to experience "GOD" in their lives -- as a real entity/person/spiritual guide. And that's okay. This is why Jesus accepts those who have to 'see' to believe. And what I mean by that is, even if you never believe in this lifetime, I truly truly believe that when one is questionable about religion and faith altogether, the answer will be revealed in the afterlife. No hell. Just a chance to be saved. I'm not trying to convert anyone, but "religion" has gotten so out of control - a rule book to throw at those who want to learn and get closer to God, but too scared of the people who worship Him. They threaten hell upon those who are truly good people. They try to instill guilt, shame and negative overtones to rule out "sin". It's an awful way to live.

The other question was, if you believe in your God so much, why don't you write more about your faith? I went down this road many times speaking about my faith, but in moderation. When I overdid it, I had extremists argue with me, which was pointless. Why argue over something that is "believed", rather than proven? I have my personal relationship with God where I don't have to shout upon the mountain tops to prove my love for God. In Matthew 6:5-6 "And now about prayer. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on the street corners and in the synagogues (and perhaps blogs) where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you." See, I don't need to blog about every prayer session I've had or rant on about what God has done for me, even though He has done SO much. I don't need to prove that I'm a Christian believer - only God knows my heart. To ask a loaded question of "Why then don't you write about your faith if you believe in this 'so called god' of yours" is plain ignorant.  In turn, I ask, why then, do you blog so much about your *unbelief* if you're not seeking answers of your own about our 'so called God' or trying to tear someone else's faith in God down? Raises a few good questions in my eyes.


There is this stigma for people who believe in God, to which they are seen as stupid, uneducated and naive just because they worship something, someone who is not visible to the eye. Perhaps even seen as "crazy" in some cases.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths." When I rely on my own understanding, or "intellect", there are times when it just doesn't pan out. For me, the most important thing is learning more about God - my afterlife - my faith as to where it'll take me. Here on earth, we live for such a short time. Intelligence is great, but I value spiritual wisdom to guide me through life. How do we view success? What is "success" to some people?  Is it a college education? Is it a six figure income? Is it having the 'know all' to prove to so many people how sharp and bright you are? One scripture that really speaks to my heart is this one found in Ecclesiastes 5:13-20 -- "There is another serious problem I have seen in the world. Riches are sometimes hoarded to the harm of the saver, or they are put into risky investments that turn sour and everything is lost. In the end, there is nothing left to pass on to one's children. People who live only for wealth come to the end of their lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day they were born. And this, too, is a very serious problem. As people come into this world, so they depart. All their hard work is for nothing. (All the college degrees, careers and money earned.) They have been working for the wind, and everything will be swept away. Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud--frustrated, discouraged, and angry. Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat well, drink a good glass of wine, and enjoy their work---whatever they do under the sun---for however long God lets them live. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life--that is indeed a gift from God. People who do this rarely look with sorrow on the past, for God has given them reasons for joy." And one more scripture that speaks so loudly is this one: "I have observed something else in this world of ours. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise are often poor, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being at the right place at the right time." {Ecclesiastes 9:11}  So, my point is, if you are truly relying on intellect and the world's view of success -- you will never genuinely be happy if you don't have love, health, and most of all, God in your life. And yes, this is my opinion and view on this as a "blogger". So go 'head, call me uneducated and naive just because I believe in God. Christians will always be prosecuted and taunted with. It's been happening since the beginning of time.

"If there were no God, there would be no atheists." --G.K. Chesterton

Some interesting tweets I found: 

Now how you gonna explain a miracle to those who live in darkness?? You can't!!

: I was in the same position as you. Didn't give my life or soul much thought then the LORD captured me! Using me for His glory.

I find  entertaining especially those who use profanity instead of logic RT : Is  a passion of yours?

I PRAY... Not because I Need something, but because I have to about something... :)
God lead me & I will follow....

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3 comments:

the walking man said...

All I know is that both the science and the spiritual have to agree in order for me to be able to accept either. I have no conflict between creation and evolution, salvation by the Blood of Christ and being in heaven because you led a good life void of spiritual knowledge.

As have aged I have learned that when someone presents a conflict between the science and the spiritual that conflict is based simply in not having enough of the facts of either.

I am fully convinced that we can comprehend the eternal spiritual and the finite mortal and there is absolutely no conflict between either.

Most of the argument, of course, is from them of the zealous crowd of either position and for them, their punishment is not eternal banishment but rather in not having peace of mind now.

Truth is not as I, you, or Billy Sunday defines it, but truth is only as it knows itself to be and fortunately we have the capacity now, if we desire it, to see truth as it sees itself.

LP said...

Deb, you know I'm Christian so I'm not quite sure this is going to be a bias statement or not. I'm even going to venture to say against your opinion that if someone does not believe in Christ, then the Christian belief is that the nonbeliever goes to hell. To reject Christ is certainly not an invite to heaven. Especially if it is a person who used to believe and then rejected the truth. I can't be open minded about this Deb because I'm a believer of the truth and I know you are too but much nicer about it. ;) One huge misconception about Christians is that they aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. Another misconception is that you need tons of schooling in order to be a success. One example is Bill Gates who dropped out of school to work full time. I can name a ton of people who have gone to school for a particular career and ended up doing something entirely different, and absolutely nothing at all. What success is to one person means another to someone else. I love your view on success and I think to judge someone by the degree they have is not only shallow, but it's STUPID!

lp

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