Skyscape

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It is difficult to look at the sky and not feel that the power of Heaven is real.  As I approach the halfway point of my sixtieth year, and the darkness of the future draws ever nearer, I am forced to think about what I really believe.  Being smarter than the average bear has its drawbacks.  I understand why most of the writers I most admire were atheists, and all of the philosophers I have read and found agreement with are decidedly atheist.   Science, rationality, and reason all suggest that there is nothing beyond the physical realm.  Should that matter?  Faith, according to Mark Twain, is fervently believing in your heart what your mind tells you ain’t so.  In fact, Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.”  Even the Bible is saying you have to believe it even though you shouldn’t believe it.

So, will I go to Heaven when I die?  For me, the question is meaningless.  I look up at the miracle of a blue sky on a partly cloudy day and see the life-giving sun.  I am alive… here and now… and nothing else is really relevant.  I am a part of the great, vast universe of reality.  My existence is real and cannot be unmade… even by God, if He were inclined to do such a thing.  I am a small, insignificant part of reality, and I can be gone in the next instant like a puff of smoke in the wind.  But I am here and I am alive and I took the Paffooney picture that I used to illustrate this post.  And I face whatever comes with a smile on my face.  I am alive… and life is good.

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5 responses to “Skyscape

  1. I am just a couple of years behind, but in my view, it is more than OK to believe, but it is also incumbent upon us to use the brain God, Allah or some other higher power may have given us. I call myself a Christian, but I also adhere to the belief we cannot defend every word in religious texts as true as they were written, edited, translated, interpreted, retranslated and reinterpreted, by imperfect men with their known flaws, biases and ignorance of science. So, we need to focus on the bigger meanings therein. If we don’t, an old line comes to mind, “If you ever want to create an atheist, have them read the bible.”

  2. I have, ironically, been a Jehovah’s Witness in my married life. They are strict literalists who believe every word of the Bible is inspired by God and true. Unfortunately they have to do a lot of mental gymnastics to explain a great deal of the Bible. I prefer to think of myself as a Christian Existentialist. Existence comes first, and it is provable because we experience it. Philosophically I lean towards the philosopher Ranier Maria Rilke… I know that means absolutely nothing to 99.999 per cent of the people who might read this, but it is possible to doubt like an atheist and still recognize the good in a faith based on love like Christianity.

    • Um… Rainer Maria Rilke… I need to read what I type more carefully.

      • I had to look him up. Interesting person and thoughts. By the way, you may find of interest 45% of Christians do not believe every word in the bible is true, per a Pew Polling Survey on religion. A similar survey also said Atheists know the bible better than Christians do.

        You have read my blog enough to know I tend to focus on Jesus’ overarching message of the Golden Rule. That trumps other messages therein which can exclude and condemn.

      • You are right about the Golden Rule part. And 1st John 4:8 says, “He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love.” That is the whole truth of Bible in a nutshell, and anything that contradicts it is just wrong… even if it’s in the Bible. I have read the Bible all the way through twice, and many parts of more than that. I don’t profess to be an unqualified atheist, but I think I know the Bible pretty well. And I don’t presume to use it to prove anything to anyone who does not want to hear it. The only way to deal with the BIG questions is to read the book yourself. It is why I can’t be a Witness going door to door any more, but I respect how much they actually read and study it.

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