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Friday, October 18, 2013

Think About It!

What’s True…What’s Not

In our world today it seems difficult to sort out what is true and what is not. In an age of relativism, where true is only what you believe it to be, and there can be so many “truths”, it is hard to sort out or make sense of anything. In our culture, we hear things like, freedom, individualism, personal rights, personal ideals, entitlement, and a slew of other self-actualizing statements. Is there any room for absolutes in an age of relativism?

I believe that everyone believes in something. Much like having no decision is still a decision, believing in nothing is still a belief. Those that say they do not believe in God don’t seem to realize that their unbelief still has a belief system. If we were honest, we would also understand and realize that whatever our belief system is, will have a direct bearing upon our decisions and the way we ultimately live our life. Our actions reflect our beliefs. As the old saying goes, what we live with we learn, what we learn we practice, and what we practice we become.

Often what we believe is a matter of convenience rather than conviction. We believe certain things not because we are convinced that they are true, but because it fits in with our desires. The choices we make are guided not by any standard of conviction, but rather a standard that fits our wants. What is most interesting about this is that because there is no standard by which we base our actions, we can flip from one thing to another without even a second thought.

Consider Paul’s statement in Romans 1:19-20 “For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God,” (NLT). According to Paul, truth can be known just by going outside and taking a good look around. Yet we choose to ignore it so we can follow our own idealistic path. Do you ever wonder how can we be so intelligent and foolish at the same time? Think about it.


Anonymous said...

very well said

Anonymous said...

When it comes to questions of what's true and what's not true, I rely on the scientific axiom that we don't know anything that isn't testable and even those things that are testable still may not be true. A man much smarter than me once said this:
"How do you find out if somethings true? If the various religions have all different theories about our relationship to the universe, then you begin to wonder. Once you start doubting, just like your supposed to doubt, it gets a little harder to believe. People ask me; is the science true? I don't know what's true, we're trying to find out, everything is possibly wrong. Start out understanding religion by saying everything is possibly wrong, see what happens. You start sliding down an edge...And when you doubt and ask it gets a little harder to believe. I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which may be wrong. I have approximate answers, possible beliefs, different degrees of certainty about different things and I'm not absolutely sure about anything and there are many things I don't know anything about such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here and what the question might mean. I may think about it a little bit, but if I can't figure it out I move onto something else. But I don't have to know an answer, I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without any purpose which is the way it really is as far as I can tell...possibly." Richard P. Feynman

Anonymous said...

Wonder it every time I hear a supposedly logical, and reasonable man. Say that he believes in god. And all the superstitious clap trap, that is in that bloody book they call a bible. I can not fathom the reason, or the need to believe in something so incessantly nonsensical, as the Christian religion. Or any religion for that matter. All I can figure is that for all that supposed intellect. This man is incapable of dealing with the harsh realities of this world, and with the eternal question of what happens after you die? And where did everything come from? And because he can not come up with the answer, he turns to malarkey and superstition. And uses it as a coping mechanism. A crutch for his mind, to help him make sense of chaos, and the unknowable. Which is kinda sad.

Kathy said...

Open your door and look around. God's wonderful creation is everywhere. We live in such a beautiful place, truly God's Country. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your goodness to mankind.

Anonymous said...

Heaven forbid you live your life by, what did you call it? a superstitious clap trap, the bible. Love thy neighbor, don't steal, murder, committ adultry, etc.. the bible is full of common sense to live your life by and if you do you will have a fuller life, what do you have to lose? nothing but so much to gain

Anonymous said...

3:24-What I gather is that you are satisfied being confused? That's comendable!

I'm satisfied in knowing the truth, it's a great feeling. Just letting you know!!

and men are without excuse!

Anonymous said...

12:47- The truth? Really? You're arrogant enough to say I know everything about this Universe through a belief in a supernatural being? What I'm saying is I'm satisfied in being humbled by the fact that I am a complex but tiny organism in a Universe that is far greater than any human has the ability to understand at this point.

The internet that you use to post here is the product of quantum electrodynamics, your cell phone the product of an understanding of the wave theory. How the 92 natural occurring elements which make up all matter on this planet came to be formed, understood through the understanding of stellar fusion.

There are very remarkable mysteries of why humans are able to do so much more than animals (apparently) and from that we form some supernatural theory to explain what we don't yet know. But these are mysteries I would like to investigate without some predecided outcome in mind. The scientific pursuit is very young in the history of human evolution, some 300-400 years, but that pursuit has taken us much further than any religion can claim. I don't know much, but I do know in another generation or two superstition will continue to fade as understandings of the universe, from the very grand scale of galaxies to the very small scale of the fundamental particles that make up all matter are understood. The people at CERN in just a few decades are making much more headway in understanding the structure and nature of the Universe than any religion has ever claimed in thousands of years of existence.

Anonymous said...

I find this a bit offensive? Let me explain and trust that I do so in all sincerity and friendliness.

Atheism is not a belief structure. It's hard for someone who operates on beliefs to understand this so let me break it down.

A belief structure is an active thought process confirming a thing or things based on nothing more than personal self-assurance and self-affirmation. This encompasses both belief AND disbelief.

They are both active thought processes requiring no evidence or rationality.

Atheism does not fall into this what-so-ever.

People operating on strict rationality don't believe things aren't when you've never been provided any evidence or proof of a thing being.

So perhaps here you might understand that I neither believe nor disbelieve in God.

It's silly and a fundamental misunderstanding of those who are religious about those that don't buy into what I see as fiction.

I can understand how a religious person might have trouble understanding where belief starts and stops. It runs their lives. We see it in politics and it's gotten so severe that people somehow think their beliefs can refute and trump someone elses verifiable FACTS! It's absolutely frightening, because while they most certainly don't (you can have your own beliefs, not your own facts) it is reality that those peoples votes do trump those that may be rooted more rationally and sensically.
It's a way to dismiss a reasonable position by saying "oh you're religious, your just reverse religious. you still believe something".

Not even close.

I'm not sure if it's because you lot really don't understand, or just refuse to.

It's neither 'not believe' nor 'believe'. Whether it's the matter of if there is a God, or ghosts, or aliens
or invisible unicorns that are always around me and hide my car keys when I'm not in the room.

I simply don't acknowledge any of them; what-so-ever. BELIEF doesn't even enter into it. Neither one way or the other.

Do I have to BELIEVE that there aren't invisible unicorns around me at all times hiding my car keys behind my back?
Of course not. That's ridiculous. Why would I have to actively disbelieve in invisible unicorns?

Are we getting there yet?

Nor do I need to BELIEVE there isn't an all powerful being in the great ether that cares whether or not I indulge in chocolate or think my neighbor is a real ass while simultaneously coveting his new Dodge Charger.

I don't have to actively believe every concept isn't. Nor any. I can operate entirely on rational thought. My reality can be based entirely on the real, things we can verify and prove.

You can believe in whatever you want. But I require an iota of scientific evidence before I'll even starting to feel one way or the other.

And a mass shared-delusion that appears to appeal to the most fearful and ignorant sides of our human nature doesn't meet the muster of proof.

I don't say all of this to judge you or speak down to you. I honestly don't. I find religion to be a fascinating phenomenon and there are some great things that come out of it as well as the negative things that many atheists always go out of their way to point out.

I only say this to maybe help you understand how some of your neighbors think. You don't need Romans Chapter 1 to understand how me and many many others think and operate,

you can find great wisdom in books. But you can also find great learning in the words of those living in the present. 2-3 thousand year old words simply do not hold the truth to all that ever was and will be.

You just need to talk to us with an open heart and mind.

But please don't just sanctimoniously insist people not like you are just running around with a broken belief system.

It's just some of us don't have that bone in our body at all. :)

Anonymous said...

I see, I see! Cell phones, computers, ect, clearly mean that there isn't a God.

CERN can make all the assumptions it wants-doesn't change that creation cannot be ignored or denied. ( and creation CAN get along)

Have you seen the report where some Scientists agree that the earth did in fact stand still for one day-just as it is recorded Bible? (Joshua's battle)

"I am a complex but tiny organism in a Universe that is far greater than any HUMAN has the ability to understand at this point."

Right-and you came from nothing, molded into nothing, then transformed into DNA and BOOM walked from a frog to and ape. Right?!

You're clearly the genius here.

Don't mind me and my blind faith of Biblical Truth. Sadly, I may never be the intellect you have come to be. Must of been a crappy frog that I spawned from... stupid river dirt!

Sly said...

You simply don't have to have the bible or religion to have common sense and the ability to know right from wrong.

Anonymous said...

A belief structure is an active thought process confirming a thing or things based on nothing more than personal self-assurance and self-affirmation. This encompasses both belief AND disbelief.

Sadly, that is not what a belief structure is. Which means that they rest of your theory is really your own PERSONAL BELIEF! :)

Anonymous said...

What blows my mind is that these highly intelligent scientists think we evolved from apes, well then why are we still not evolving? What will we become next? Why is it so hard for people to believe that God created the heavens and the earth, man and women as it states in the bible? We believe so many other things that we cannot see or prove. I just pray that other Christians will join me in praying for these lost souls who do not believe in God and Jesus Christ as their savior. God gave us a free gift, the greatest gift anyone could ever ask for. So many times I have heard people say “I love you and I would give my life for you”, but would they really? Probably not and certainly not in the manner that Jesus died for us. He and innocent lamb took all of our sin and shame to the cross and died for us so we could be forgiven for our sins and make heaven our home. All we are asked is to believe in him and accept him as our Lord and savior. Pretty simple. If not, sadly you will have to spend eternity in hell. God never intended man to go to hell, it was intended for the devil and his angels who are the ones whispering in your ear that God doesn’t exist because they don’t want to be in hell alone.