Ponderings on Life!
October 25, 2006 1:49am CST
There are a number of things that I ponder on. I’d like to share some of my ideas with you. These thoughts are many, so there are many threads for you to pick and comment upon, and of course, on all of them, if you’d like to. So here they are..... The fact that we have this wonderful cosmos is the proof of the existence of some higher energy or force, and we have to be thankful for that. Let’s use the term God for him. I think limiting God to one religion is like tying him like a trussed chicken or whatever (I am not being sexist here by using the male pronoun for God, just following convention. I wouldn’t mind using the female ‘her’ or the neutral ‘it’). We creatures-those that we know of and those that have yet to be discovered - present and past, have all been created or have evolved is an oft debated issue. I would probably say that the creator set in motion the chain of events that led to us and all other creatures, he may have even further evolutionary plans? Maybe our descendents would be able to read minds, or fly or develop gills or whatever. Superior in intelligence is definitely going to be an important differentiator between them and us is what methinks, because I think that brain size is slowly increasing, and hence with that I think general intelligence will increase. So back to the topic on hand: God: He has created us all, the Hindus, the Moslems, the Christians, the Sikhs and all the adherents to all the faiths, the atheists and the fence sitters, and the ants and the lions and the trees and the viruses and bacteria and......... I am sure that he must love us all equally, and care for us as well, whether we reciprocate or not. So why is someone born blind or crippled (note I said born) or dies within a few minutes of birth, or even stillborn or lost due to a miscarriage? Disease, sickness, disabilities are said to be the fruits of our own actions say the faithful, but then what has a baby done to be born with a bad ticker valve, or deformed limbs? Some people would say that they are born thus as a lesson for their parents, for they must have sinned or wronged. (I have said parents, it could be anybody, a guardian, a grandparent, a relation, a friend…) Is that good logic? And is that God’s logic? Why make an innocent infant suffer just because the parents are to be taught a lesson? In most normal cases, the parents will die before the child, so the born blind or born deaf person suffers and continues to do so even after the culprits are dead and gone. Others talk of punishments for sins committed in previous lives, well of what use is a lesson when I don’t even know the reason behind it? Do I remember my previous lives, do I remember the sins that I may have committed then? No! So how will I know what I am being made to suffer for? I know that I have not even mentioned inequalities such social, religious, moral, intelligence, wealth, cultural,......, A digression – doesn’t the thought of punishment point to revenge, of vengeance, of having to pay for your wrongs, does that not bring down the creator to the level of humans? I think he’s far above all these human, shall we say characteristics? I once wrote some flowery stuff on a blog: viz:I wrote some flowery stuff about humans being threads in a fabric, with only the weaver knowing the overall picture-well to the best of my knowledge a thread can’t feel, can’t emote, can’t cry….. And I am not willing to consider myself as a small portion of a fabric in a fashion show.
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25 Oct 06
NO. God is far above such petty things. Our punishments are only fair that we recieve in the afterlife for that which we commit against ourselves in this life. WE are only harming ourselves when we sin. It makes no difference to God in any way if we worship him or not, he does not need us. WE need him, and harm our soals if we do not come to him in prayer and repentance. (and we use HE to be respectful, IT would be disrespectful. Say nothing about SHE, for that I do not know.)
25 Oct 06
Thanks for your comments. This blog did give me a lot of responses similar to yours elsewhere, but left more and more questions unaswered, than answered. There are many more threads in my post, please do explore and enlighten with yiur views comments.