Posts Tagged With: Personal beliefs
“Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.
Although cosmic mysteries remain, Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, says there’s good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever.
Carroll argues that God’s sphere of influence has shrunk drastically in modern times, as physics and cosmology have expanded in their ability to explain the origin and evolution of the universe. “As we learn more about the universe, there’s less and less need to look outside it for help,” he told Life’s Little Mysteries.
He thinks the sphere of supernatural influence will eventually shrink to nil. But could science really eventually explain everything?”
My take on it is that when you separate the premises as presented of this theory from the rest of the story and question them thouroughly the theory still lacks scientific credibility. Thus it becomes a preconceived hypothesis liKe any other theory of the existence of God from the mind of an atheist.
Grandpa and some friends of his was just sitting in front of the barber shop discussing one of their favorite topics, politics. Grandpa was unusually quiet this day and mostly listened to the arguments of the other men. One of the men noticed this quietness and asked grandpa why he was being so quiet. Grandpa just smiled at the question, and in time quietly gave this response.
“Haven’t got much to say today but there is one thing that amuses me as I listen to others argue. Its the feeling that you get that everyone is cock sure that they are right and if you disagree with them then it is you that is the ignorant fool. Another area of discussion with this same effect is a discussion on religion.
There are times that I feel that some persons are afraid of revealing that they possess some ignorance. This is not to declare they will not admit to lacking in knowledge in a general sense. It is when you pin them down to specific topics that they reveal their arrogance and their unwillingness to admit ignorance. And I’ll admit that upon reflexion of some previous acts I find myself guilty of this arrogant attitude also.
I look upon this form of arrogance as a most basic character flaw and it is a flaw that I am constantly at battle with within myself. It is easy to believe that you are the source of all truth which is what the foundational basis of this flaw is and it is very hard to imagine that you be the source of falsehoods. This just indicates just how important the possession of truth is to each of us. Another possibility be that we consider the possession of ignorance as sign that we be fools and no one likes to see themselves as being a fool.
The problem with the above assumptions are the fact that if truth is all that important to us we would find no shame in having our ignorance revealed. And if truth was all that important to us then the knowledge of our ignorance would not be a sign that we be fools but a sign of the wisdom within us. For the only way that our ignorance can be revealed is by the fact we learned something that revealed the actual truth to us. And that should make us feel humbled not foolish. And once humbled would we not then have the attitude of humility rather than the feeling of humiliation?
So, what could be more important to us as human beings than the possession of truth? What is the problem with humility that we prefer the attitude of arrogance over it? What is it about humility that leads people to walk away from it rather than embrace it even though it is considered a virtue not a vice? What attitude do we seek to possess that is taught that must be considered to be of greater virtue than humility? Maybe a better question would be what is the attitude we are taught to possess and then examine that attitude a little closer as to its effects.
This, admittingly, requires self examination to its fullest and the acknowledgment of the possession of arrogance along with the desire to rid ourselves of this arrogant attitude. This is where the problem lies. There are not many people who will admit to the arrogance within themselves thus the desire to rid themselves of it cannot exist. People are fully willing to declare it of others but not of themselves. Why not?”
With these words said grandpa went silent once more leaving his friends with only questions to be answered
A fetus or a baby, is how we define it a matter of conscience? Do we harden ourselves to the consequences of the act by calling it a fetus rather than a baby? If a fetus is not a person as it is claimed then what difference does it make whether it be a male or female? If abortion is as moral as some claim then why should anyone be appalled by how it is disposed of once it has been taken?
If it is nothing but a clump of cells as some claim then why is flushing it down the toilet wrong as depicted in this story? Why should it be treated any differently or given greater respect just because that clump of cells are human?
If it is not a person as some claim then why shouldn’t it be used as dog food as depicted in this story? Why should that non-person be treated any differently or given greater respect than any other animal remains once killed?
It sounds as if people want to treat that life form one way while it is inside a woman and alive but see it as being something entirely different once life has been aborted and it has been taken out of the woman’s body. And women are the biggest victims of the act of abortion whether it be the mother or child.
Call me an extremist if you want but if this is not the very good example of hypocrisy and how the use of force can effect the moral fibre of individuals and of a nation then I am glad I am not a member of the mainstream of thought.
May you all remember the beauty of the event we celebrate on this Sunday, His Resurrection from the dead
Say What You Will About Religion and Christianity But This Cannot be Ignored Nor Should it be Condoned Anywhere
Ok, nobody likes my politics. Everyone believes me to be nothing but a kook or extremist. And that comes from both sides of the aisle. Funny thing is that the founding fathers tried a whole new form of government and the world saw it as an experiment in government. Well. What is that but except putting extreme ideas into practice instead of following conventional wisdom?
Now, we have a government that is no different from any other government in the world. What happened to that experimental government that we were founded on? What happened to a nation that was united by a constitution and is now divided by that same constitution? What went so wrong that we no longer even care if we follow in the steps of those new ideas or not? What is it that we, the people, seek that the experiment had to be abandoned in order to achieve what we seek of ourselves?
We were once proud of being known as a nation of individuals instead of a collective nation. What happened to that pride? Have we become a nation of wimps? A nation where the individual no longer has the attitude of “I can” but one of “I cannot so government must”? A nation where a man no longer takes pride in having what he has earned and feels no shame in taking what another man has earned?
Is there that much prejudice against individualism now days? Is truth so relative in today’s society that even lies are acceptable because they are also viewed as being relative? Well, if that be the standard then I will remain an extremist because there is nothing more extreme than truth. And that is more important to me than any ideology.
If standing by the truth means that I stand alone then alone I will stand. If in seeking the truth means traveling the road by myself then I will travel it alone. For I will always question what I believe. For I will always question what another believes. That is the hallmark of individualist. I take nothing for granted. For I carry the ball and chain of doubt in all that is told to me. For I carry the ball and chain of doubt in my own findings. If that be wrong then I be eternally wrong. Yet, isn’t that the essence of learning?
If I be wrong teach me the truth. If I be mistaken correct me. But be kind enough to bare with me as I seek answers to my doubts. Give me reasons not excuses and you will find nobody more agreeable than me. Isn’t that what seeking the truth is all about? For there is no shame in acknowledging ignorance.
The path of life is best traveled alone. For only by traveling it alone can one view the world through an unhindered viewpoint. Travel it as a collective and your viewpoint is always hindered and distorted by those who surround you. Travel it alone and you will be the expert of your own life. Travel it as a collective and you will need to depend on experts to tell you how to live.
I speak no more but seek only to listen and question