Archives for August 2012

So You Think Homosexuality Is Sinful?

On: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I believe this tells it all. No need to add to this.

A Few "Just Because" And "What If's"

On: Monday, August 13, 2012

 I chose to use the "Just because" & "What if" phrases to highlight some of those questions that have been eating at me lately. Of course some of them are silly but to me they are legitimate concerns.

Just because I try to look at life differently than you, doesn't mean we cannot get along.
Just because I like to use reason doesn't make my opinions not count.
Just because I try to use my brain doesn't mean I am wrong for doing so.
Just because I do not believe in God, doesn't make me a bad person.
Just because I do not agree with your idea of morality doesn't mean I have none.
Just because I am skeptical of the Bible, doesn't mean I am against it.
Just because I question your beliefs doesn't mean I do not understand them.
Just because I think evolution answers the question about the origins of life doesn't make me against Chritianity.
Just because I do not agree with your faith doesn't make me demon possessed. 
Just because we have our differences doesn't keep us from celebrating our agreements.
Just because the Bible says it doesn't make it true.
Just because Jesus was a real person doesn't make him the savior of the world.
Just because because you can quote scripture doesn't mean you actually read the bible.
Just because you heard it on Fox, doesn't make it a true statement.
Just because you can pretend that God exists doesn't mean he does.
Just because you go to church, doesn't make you holier than me.

What if you actually read the Bible with an open mind?
What if you lived your life the way the Bible wants you too, and you found out in the end you were wrong?
What if Evolution was right and you wasted your life believing in a fantasy?
What if Baal was the correct God and you chose differently?
What if you found out you had cancer, who would you blame?
What if your conspiracy theory was wrong and the world was really being run by Aliens?
What if we wasted our life on religion when we should've spent it advancing human knowledge for our future children?
What if Rush Limbaugh was really a closet homosexual?
What if Global warming is true and we were blinded by our religion so much that we help cause the problem?
What if that the Republican party was actually destroying our country?
What if the constitution was just meant for the 13 original colonies?
What if they banned guns, would you buy a pitch fork & a torch?
What if this was meant for you, would you even know it?

Please feel free to comment or add some of your own. My list will probably increase on a weekly basis. Stop by or follow this blog for future postings

Pascal's Wager....WTF? Baal? oops wrong god!

On: Friday, August 10, 2012

  Living in a super conservative area in northern Indiana does have it's complications, especially if you are a skeptic when it comes to Christianity. Most, if not all, of my friends are what they would call "Christian" but that is a pretty broad statement even for a Catholic. Most of them try to attend church and live a "biblical" life. Or at least an appearance one. Their quest for religion and meaning remind me of Pascal's Wager,
  1. If you believe in God and God does exist, you will be rewarded with eternal life in heaven: thus an infinite gain.
  2. If you do not believe in God and God does exist, you will be condemned to remain in hell forever: thus an infinite loss.
  3. If you believe in God and God does not exist, you will not be rewarded: thus a finite loss.
  4. If you do not believe in God and God does not exist, you will not be rewarded, but you have lived your own life: thus a finite gain. 
 or Secular Web puts it this way,

 "If you erroneously believe in God, you lose nothing (assuming that death is the absolute end), whereas if you correctly believe in God, you gain everything (eternal bliss). But if you correctly disbelieve in God, you gain nothing (death ends all), whereas if you erroneously disbelieve in God, you lose everything (eternal damnation).  - Keith Augustine

 I am sure that most of them have no clue to Pascal's wager but they live pretty much by this rule. This seems to be the norm. A few of my friends & some relatives go well beyond the norm but I will not get into that Hocus Pocus. As tempted as I am, I will only focus on my perceptions.

 I guess my biggest concern is what if they believe everything that they are being taught? Is that really faith or is it just following blindly? Even if you believe in God, how do you know it's the right one? What if you were faithful all of your life and died to find out that Baal was the correct God? Oops, that would be a real problem. According to the Bible in 1 Corinthians 8:6 NIV,

"6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live."
After experiencing this in my personal life for years, I have decided that it is better to be skeptical and learn than to be a sheeple and be led down a path of fear and guilt. After all, we only have one life and we need to make sure we get the best out of it. Who knows, we may all be wrong.