Because … God

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Many Christians respond to questions about their faith with the above phrase. For them, it is the ultimate answer … the end-all, be-all response.

But for those who do not believe in “God,” it carries no weight.

Other Christians use “Scripture” to defend their faith.

But for those who do not believe in the sacredness of the bible, the words hold no meaning.

Numerous Christians will “testify” of miraculous changes in their life to validate their belief.

But for those who place no weight in personal experiences, these testimonies are worthless.

Some Christians will point to the universe and claim it all bespeaks of a “Grand Creator.”

But for those who feel science offers a more valid explanation, this claim is null.

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So I’d like to ask this question of my Christian followers … why? Why do you, as a dedicated, “born-again” believer continue to peddle your goods to non-believers?

Do you, in your heart of hearts, truly believe something you say or write will change a life? And if so, why?

 

In Recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday

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So many of us simply go through life and never think about all the things we have to be thankful for. Instead, we fill our minds — and our conversations — with all the things we don’t like. (e.g., tRump’s election)

Even through the darkest of times, there is always something to be thankful for: your family, your friends, your home, your health, your pets, having food on the table … even your comfortable bed.

If nothing else, be grateful you’re alive!

Being grateful sets in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given to you.

So on this Thanksgiving Day of 2016, take a moment and say “Thank You.” It need not be directed to anyone or anything. Just by expressing the words and allowing thoughts of gratitude to enter your mind, you will be triggering a more positive mood and a greater sense of being connected with the world around you.

And by the way, I’m thankful for every person reading this. You are special people and I’m very glad to have “met” you in cyberspace.

Enjoy your holiday!

The Logic and Science of God’s Existence

At the Godless Cranium blog, there has been a rather lengthy (and sometimes intense) discussion related to a post entitled “The Devil’s Ministry.” As is often the case, participants have meandered somewhat away from the original topic (i.e., the devil). One such sideline has been about the existence of the Christian God. (Funny, how this topic comes up so frequently when anything related to religion is discussed.)

A particular participant, who goes by the moniker “Silence of Mind,” recently made this comment:

“The existence of God can be reasoned out logically or you can partake of the various modern scientific proofs that demonstrate beyond doubt that God exists.”

Such thinking is not limited to this individual. Many believers throughout the blogoblue_questionsphere have made similar statements. But is such an assertion valid? Can a person truly “reason out logically” the existence of God? And what “various modern scientific proofs” have been formulated to demonstrate this existence?

From my experiences online, I know some believers will say a person cannot recognize the true existence of God unless their lives have been changed by Jesus and they have the “Holy Spirit.” But if this were true, how did these individuals arrive at this belief? Doesn’t one have to have indication something exists before they can believe in it?

I already know how most of my atheist followers would answer these questions so I would like to hear from those who have taken on the designation of “Christian.” However, anyone reading this is invited to offer their thoughts.

Trump: The Wild Card

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Do you remember how, at the beginning of all the election commotion,  tRump threatened to run as an Independent if he didn’t get the Republican nomination? (The reason being he wasn’t being “treated fairly.”) Then, after basking in some of the media coverage he loves so well, he agreed to be a good little Republican and signed the “Loyalty Pledge.”

Of course there are obvious advantages to being supported by one of the major political parties as opposed to running as an Independent. A big one being all sorts of financial assistance. For example, once tRump officially became a “Republican,” he was backed by such dollar-worthy supporters as Peter Thiel, Carl Icahn, Tom Barrack, Woody Johnson, Stephen Feinberg, Steven Mnuchin, Sheldon Adelson, Robert Mercer, T. Boone Pickens, Stanley Hubbard, Darwin Deason, Wilbur Ross, Andrew Beal, and John Paulson. (Can you not agree that he’s going to be beholden to these fellows at various points in time after he takes office?)

But that isn’t the point of this post. Something crossed my mind today and I’ve been curious to know if anyone agrees with me.

After reading about and listening to (“60 Minutes”) our President-Elect (hate to even type those words), I’ve noticed how he’s been slightly altering some of the things he said he was going to do if elected. And many of the changes are in direct opposition to the Conservative POV. So I’ve been asking myself … could it be that the whole Independent vs. Republican hullabaloo was a sham? Could it be these were things he wanted to do from the very beginning? Could it be that he made this agreement more to pacify the party so he could move forward with legitimacy while all the time he had “The Trump Plan” in the back of his mind?

It’s become apparent his choice of cabinet members has disturbed many. Others are surely bothered by some of the policy statements and requests (security clearance for family members) he’s made since the election.

Can we help but wonder what else this Wild Card is planning?

Who Said This?

Just read this quote. I’ll let you offer some guesses as to who said it.

“We are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude sort of nationalism or ethnic identity or tribalism that is built around an us and a them … the future of humanity and the future of the world is going to be defined by what we have in common as opposed to those things that separate us and ultimately lead us into conflict.”