I know there are a few faithful visitors here. I also know that there are times when I can be somewhat preachy, ok really preachy, but there are just times when things have to be said.
For those who are of the atheist leaning, why does it matter? Life’s a crap shoot. You live, you die. It’s random, right. No matter how you live, no matter what you eat, drink, or indulge in you’re going to die, randomly. There is no why or wherefore. And once you’re dead that’s it. So fire, flood, ice age, revolution, riot, terrorist attack what real difference does it make. After it’s over you won’t know anything about it.
Oh but you want the best you can have. You want to realize your potential here ’cause you have no other potential to aspire to. Nothing to look forward to, no hope, no change just endless nothingness which you won’t know anything about because you won’t exist. Wow that’s even more depressing than I thought.
I wonder if Stephen Hawking thinks about that and if that is why he’s such a bitter person. I understand being trapped in a body that doesn’t function with a mind that functions outside the normal perimeters but to have no hope of anything in the future, no afterlife to look forward to, no rest from the suffering must be agonizing. I feel for him and his brother atheists. How very sad.
On the other hand what about the “believers”. Those who say they have a hope of an afterlife. No matter their denomination, do they really believe in “paradise” or whatever their group calls it. For Christians ( the group I am most familiar with) the question really is how can one live the way they do, ignoring correct principles, throwing God from their schools, government and homes and then expecting things to go as they wish. How can they expect their political leaders to have the integrity they so often lack in their personal and professional lives.
I have heard people say “oh it’s so hot, why doesn’t God help us” or ‘we need rain, or we need this or that or some other thing’ God is supposed to provide because He “loves us”. Why SHOULD He help us? Really. Ponder that. Why should God do anything for you as an individual? What have you done to keep faith with Him? Where were you last Sunday, golfing, at the mall, at the movies, playing ball, watching a movie whatever the rating, getting drunk, or worse, the list could go on and on? The real issue here is why should God care to help the human race? Why not allow them to destroy themselves in their race to become the ultimate authority and arbiter of life on this planet? Most people especially in the “developed world” effectively marginalized Him to the status of myth.
So the next time Al Gore crawls out of the political dung heap throw him a couple of bucks. He and his ilk are your chosen messiahs. They are able to do as much as God is willing to do for a race of people who malign and deride, ignore and defile Him.
Oh and buy some sun screen, I think we are going to need it.
Maybe it’s time to awaken and become aware of who and what we are and who and what we’re supposed to be. Prudent, wouldn’t you think.