What we know and what we believe
Vail CO, Colorado
We’re born, we live, and we die.
If we’re honest with ourselves, all else is speculation and/or a matter of faith. For over two billion believers, faith is enough, proof is unnecessary.
Since all we can prove is that we are born, we live and we die, that leaves an endless supply of unanswered questions.
Is there life after death, one God, several Gods, Karma, reincarnation, or do we simply compost? If there is a God, is He/She a hands-on participant or a spectator? Is there any religion that God would say is spot-on, no-wiggle-room, dead-dog-accurate or maybe none of them have gotten it quite right.
How does God feel about war, capital punishment and homosexuality? Does God support the “eye for and eye” or “thou shalt not kill” philosophy? If God had to choose would HE get behind same-sex-marriages or water boarding?
There are many people who have very strong opinions on all those questions. I’m one of them.
That said, though I have strong opinions, I have absolutely no divine proof to support my beliefs; and in truth, I don’t need any.
Much of what I hold as true is predicated around what, to me, makes sense and provides comfort. Personally, I believe in divine entity and afterlife because if I did not, the thought of a child with cancer would be too much to bear. Believing in heavenly recompense allows me to feel less guilt for my underserved bounty.
What we believe and what we know are two different things. I “believe” God loves me but I “know” my dog and wife do; all three assertions provides me comfort.
Being raised Catholic I was taught to believe that not only were all other non-Christian religions fabricated, but every other form of Christianity hasn’t quite gotten it right. As a child I took great comfort knowing I’d get into heaven much faster than my Lutheran friends with identical sins on their souls. If Catholicism was a car it could advertise “More sins per gallon.”
We are born, we live and we die. That is what we can prove ” that is what we know for sure. There are many who will quote the Bible, Torah, Koran, Tony Robbins tapes or any of the various doctrines of dogma. I’m not saying any of that stuff isn’t valid, only that it is thus far unproven.
So, that being the case, why don’t we all just lighten up? I’m getting a little tired of those who put forth Godly justifications for the myriad of social and moral opinions. Equally frustrating are those who waste energy and breath attempting to prove the unrevealed. Love your God, practice your faith and let others come to their own conclusions.
Certainly there are self evident codes of behavior that provide purpose and order on this planet. Murder is wrong, charity is good, kindness is a virtue and greed leaves the world a lesser place. But those convictions are simply common sense. They need no divine endorsement.
On the other hand, the ethical and social gray areas, like marriage, morality and politics are based on personally-held convictions and should remain that way.
Politicians, pastors or priests who use Godly justification for social or political positions are just as ludicrous as my yearly prayer for the Almighty to intercede on the Red Sox’s behalf in the American League East.
We are born, we live and we die.
Birth is random, death is inevitable, but life is a wonderful gift. Especially a life that is free, true, honest and full of love. Perhaps we should simply enjoy that blessing, live our years in gratitude and let others do the same.
At least that is what I believe, but don’t take my word for it, think for yourself …
Jeffrey Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, can be seen on RSN TV and read in several newspapers and magazines. He can be reached at email@example.com. Biff’s book “Steep, Deep and Dyslexic” is available from local book stores or at Backcountrymagazine.com.
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