8 de novembro de 2014

God's Not Dead

Accepting things as they are or have been taught prevents one from understanding them from a higher point of view. To see the big picture one must at least be willing to doubt. Having a blind faith is as useless as having a blind assurance.

Since most people fiercely defend their own ideas and points of view not allowing much room for listening and pondering outer arguments empathically, whom am I addressing this article to? It seems most people are either blind or deaf concerning to arguments. They see and listen whatsoever pleases them and completely ignore anything that doesn't fit their scope of understanding or acceptance.

Nevertheless, a few still have eyes and ears. They've learned to consider in order to be enlightened and to doubt in order to find growth. This exercise of empathy and appreciation promotes a better comprehension of things as they are, can be, or have always been.

Among all mysteries that surround humankind, a question that has always intrigued men of science and men of faith is the origin of life and its creation. The answer to this question is as simple as the reason for the inquiry itself, "Why bother?"

But it bothers. It bothers because there are so many questions about life and existence that haven't been answered which makes us wonder if a reason for all that will ever be presented in a convincing and definite way. It bothers because aging and death frightens us as well as pain and suffering and the more we try to avoid them, the bolder they reach us. It bothers because we of all beings, at some point of our existence, could wonder and doubt, and make up answers that could further be proved or disproved, and all of that made us believers or skeptic of what we've seen and experienced.

Is there a Creator?
How would the answer to this question affect your life and behavior toward others? If it wouldn't, again, "Why bother?" Some just accept this fact as true and have no interest in giving any reasons for that position. Mostly because those reasons are pretty questionable and would make no impact in the ears of the inquirers. Others refute this idea blaming believers for not having acceptable answers and explanations, but also can't find themselves any reasons for the position they hold but their own disbelief. Either position is harmless but also does no good to the personal growth of its defendant.

There are those who want to impose their points of view and relentlessly vomit arguments not worrying if their target has ever requested or consented such bash. Both believers and skeptics can proceed as "passionate holders of the truth" and switch off listening from debate, which annihilates the debate itself. There's no room for conversation or sharing. There's only room for ego and dispute.

But true listeners can always find a bridge of understanding, a place where both sides can present their arguments and find converging ideas.

If in the beginning there was no Verb as Christians claim, at least when mankind began there was surely the Question. Men are natural inquirers. Some accept answers from trustworthy fonts, others try to find those answers on their own. Some of those answers are proved by experience, others by experiment; some are not proved, but felt; others have not been proved yet, but make sense.

So why not consider religion and science as two observers of the same fact except one can only see what the other lacks in his sight. Both depend on the other's point of view to better understand what they are truly seeing. Notwithstanding, with a few exceptions, both claim to be self-sufficient and see the other as a fool who stands for nothing.

An atheist would say that there is no God, no creating force, no fountain of life because life and matter were proved to be able to create themselves spontaneously. But they do believe in laws, in agreements made by the elements to keep everything in balance or generate chaos. They can understand the mechanics of things but they can't relate this knowledge to faith.

A theist would say that there is a God or many Gods acting as a creating force that has power to create and nurture life. They too believe in laws and agreements made by the elements to keep everything in balance or generate chaos. When they don't understand the mechanics of things, they usually relate that to divine miracles and mysteries.

The existence or nonexistence of a Creator doesn't change the fact that this Universe produced a perfect balance between gravity, electromagnetism, radioactivity and nuclear fusion to promote life on Earth. If any of those forces had a higher or weaker strength, life wouldn't be feasible. In the vastness of a silent vacuum, a loud lively planet emerged with thinking creatures that can not only be born, live, reproduce and die, but also be aware of that, wonder and diverge. Many of whom have left legacies that have powerfully affected individuals and nations throughout history. And the doubts we have, the way we see things, nothing is new under the Sun.

So, if there is a God, or a multitude of Gods, they are responsible for this miracle of living. If not, we are pretty lucky bastards to be able to experience all of that out of nothing.

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