Some people say "Never Assume -
Assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME.
Ha ha! The joke's on them!
statement is itself asinine. Why? Because we make
assumptions all the time; we must. Every time we inhale, we
assume that what we breathe will contain oxygen, not deadly chlorine
gas. Every time we start our car, we assume there's no bomb
the floor. Our daily life is filled with such assumptions.
We just don't think about them. They're ingrained.
are necessary to live life in a practical way.
However, many of
our assumptions, "facts" we've accepted all our lives, were given us by
people who were wrong, or even had ulterior motives for planting these
basic ideas. Ideas - assumptions - which have enslaved us...
caused the deaths of many people. How do we tell which
assumptions we should accept and which we should reject?
it Matter if there is a God?||This subject is a work in progress...
well, I guess they all are!|
was an atheist most of my life. In the last few years, I've had a
few experiences which even my skeptical mind could only explain by the
Love of God for all His creations. I believe my life is better
since accepting and tuning into what I think God wants of us.
So, as a personal belief, yes, it matters. Do I expect
anyone to accept the beliefs just because I have had the experiences?
No. I wouldn't!
In case you're curious, however...
Based on my experiences, my belief is summed up as:
1. God loves all of us... even Hitler and Osama bin Laden.
2. God wants us to live peacefully and be kind (duh!)
3. There is plenty on Earth for all of us.
4. Having a good life is more important than possissing items.
The universe was created with certain operative "rules." I say
"rules" instead of laws, because I've seen that God makes exceptions to
them, sometimes in response to prayer. On the other hand,
violating the rules, even many we don't know or couldn't understand,
often results in tragedy.
One such rule is that good things
cannot be built upon bad deeds. Ask the Kennedys, Clintons or
Bushes if they are really happy. It doesn't seem so. Yet,
they have power and money, right? But how were those achieved?
Further, I believe the State of Israel and even the U.S. are
reaping what they've sown... or their governments have.
has a much bigger picture of things than we do. This is another
reason why "bad" things happen, often to good people. The greater
good, which we rarely can see or could understand, is served by all
events as they fit together cosmically.
7. There is no eternal
Hell. If there is a Hell, it's a temporary one to purify a soul
from Earthly corruptions. This is really a Talmudic principle,
where the interested "student" can find further details.
Mankind is flawed, and therefore errs. This is to stimulate
learning and growth, and add an element of risk, and interest, to life
on Earth. Therefore, even the best-intended religion (and not all
are so) contains errors. It is up to each of us to decide what is
true and live accordingly.
I don't think one must believe in God
in order to have a good life or be a good person. The belief just
sets aside some nagging questions, and gives a motive for being and
To be continued "as more learning becomes available!"
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Updated: May 30, 2008