My fervent wish now is that more or less the same sense of alertness and preparedness be given to the far more dangerous and destructive spiritual illnesses and moral aberrations that threaten us just as much as the bird flu.
Among these spiritual and moral viruses that threaten us is agnosticism.
Agnosticism – The Bohol Chronicle
Actually, I think of Agnosticism as the cure for the fog of religious faith that is the true spiritual and moral virus of the mind.
Basically, agnosticism is the attitude or belief that one cannot be sure if God really exists. There may be God, and because of that, there may be some absolute truths, but these cannot be known for sure by us.
This is how the Catechism describes it:
?Agnosticism assumes a number of forms. In certain cases the agnostic refrains from denying God. Instead agnosticism postulates the existence of a transcendent being that is incapable of revealing itself, and about which nothing can be said.
?In other cases, the agnostic makes not judgment about God?s existence, declaring it impossible to prove, or even to affirm or deny.? (2127)
Still more: ?Agnosticism can sometimes include a certain search for God, but it can equally express indifferentism, a flight from the ultimate question of existence, and a sluggish moral conscience.
?Agnosticism is all too often equivalent to practical atheism.? (2128)
The author is sort of on track as to what Agnosticism really is. However, I think the possibility of his version of God existing is roughly equal to the possibility that Zeus and the Easter Bunny exists as well.
There also isn’t a flight from the ultimate question of existence. If an Agnostic didn’t dwell upon such a question then he or she wouldn’t think enough of the question to even put a label to their belief. I am Agnostic because the question is important to me and is important enough for me to say that humans do not possess the answer.
Agnostics have a sluggish moral conscience? I doubt that since we must evaluate each situation for moral consequences and the impact to ourselves and the societies that we take part in.
The danger of this mentality is that it brings one to the road of relativism. Everything can be held to be more or less OK. The ultimate deciding factor is simply one?s personal judgment, without any objective, universal criteria to guide him.
No, everything can only be held as OK in an anarchy where morals are not relative because they just don’t truly exist. In a proper society relative morality is not driven just by one’s personal judgement. Instead the universal criteria that guides us is our society. This does mean that what is good in the United States is different from what is good in other countries. What is acceptable behavior for my family could be different than for your family.
Obviously relativism is not only real but is really how humans on this planet actually function. All Christians do not follow the same absolute truth of morality and there are different rules for different believers.
Agnosticism takes place when one does not make any serious effort to use his spiritual faculties of intellect and will properly. Instead of focusing them on God, they are focused only on some purely material or human things.
This in turn can have many explanations. There could be an element of some human weakness and limitation that is left uncorrected, or laziness, or worse, pride, especially intellectual pride, or being dominated by vices and malice, etc.
Agnosticism is the ultimate use of free will. I have the will to reject the mythology of my parents. You say I have free will except when it comes to having to believe in your view of the universe and its creation. I am focused on the whole of the universe and I have no intellectual pride about it. I know we do not have the answers and we are just simple beings that are perhaps forever unable to understand it all.
The insane focus on God instead of human things is what gives us suicide bombers killing themselves in the name of their God. If they were focused on human things they would realize what a waste such activities truly are just as any wars or killings in the name of a belief.
In the end we will all die and all of our questions will be answered, either with increased knowledge or absolute silence. In which case, your firm belief in one view sets you up for major disappointment when that view is proven wrong. My belief gives me no troubles now and does not set me up for any sort of failure in the future here or “there” as you may suggest.
In the practical side, it comes when one fails to pray, and to develop a truly personal relationship with God. This is true especially with many nominal Christians. They fail to contemplate God even as they work or play.
It is in these areas where the solutions to agnosticism can be devised and implemented. We need to come out with effective strategies to tackle the ever-present threat of agnosticism in our midst.
I contemplate all of the universe and am in awe at the simplicity and the complexity of it all. We are of this universe and I do not believe we can know what caused it to be. A being as overlord of it all with human emotions such as a demand for our belief and love is not something I see. What would cause such a being to exist with the intellect and ability to create this universe? Why would “he” reward us for belief and punish us for not knowing him? It just doesn’t make sense.
Your life is not better or worse than mine just because you have a big powerful imaginary friend on your side. It may give you comfort and that is why you think not believing in your little friend is a threat. You lose that false security blanket and think you’ll be left alone in this big mysterious universe.
The answer is that none of us are alone. We have families, friends, and communities that help us just as we help them. Your imaginary God friend does nothing for you but make you feel like you have someone helping you. He does nothing real in your time of need. Agnosticism is only a threat to believing in imaginary friends, it is not a threat to family, friends, or community. Religion is the true threat that can divide people from each other if we believe so much that we let it.
I find it sad that the author compares the belief in the Agnostic viewpoint to the real threat of the bird flu.