Uninformed

A reader of this blog wrote:

I just stumbled across your blog and found it very interesting yet uninformed of the things of God. When referring to the “perfect image” of our Creator. Scripture is referring to the mind, will and emotions. It has nothing to do with physical frailty or weakness. I am sorry for your recent diagnosis, and you are in my prayers (as well). The “divine creation” that you refer to has been corrupted. I encourage you to read Genesis chapters 1-11. We live in a fallen world. That is the real answer. That may not bring comfort, but that it not why I am writing. It is never comforting submitting to something (the Word of God) that is contrary to your very nature.

My friend, we are all uniformed of all things related to anything we could ever call our creator. That’s assuming there was actually such an event as creation. We weren’t there so we don’t know. Just because scientists see signs of a big bang doesn’t mean there was definitely a single beginning to it all. It’s just what we can see and comprehend from our viewpoint as beings in this universe at this time.

Man (people) created in God’s image was just one religious viewpoint I was picking on and doesn’t mean I think all believers think we’re literally made from a perfect mold. It doesn’t matter to me what anyone reads in the scriptures because I don’t trust the people that put pen to paper or chisel to rock to have had any better idea of what really happened than any scientists today. Think about those much more primitive ancestors of ours and ask yourself if you really trust such people to know the mysteries of the universe and its origin. What made them so special and not one of us now? Why should I have to view this as a fallen world as you say? Why shouldn’t it be seen as fine exactly as it is instead of seeing it as intentionally broken unless I follow your god? Even if there were a god, why shouldn’t we believe everything is as it should be? Who are you to question or even try to contemplate and understand what that highest power thinks or has done?

The comment ended with:

In regards to purpose, those cells that are not working properly had a purpose. Your body is made up of a trillion cells with a purpose, and if they do not do what they are designed to do, then we have a disease or something else that is unfortunate. Sickness and disease is never a cause to reject the existence of God. Instead it should highlight the fall of creation and our need for a Savior.

Sickness and disease is never a cause to blindly accept ancient fiction from our ancestors who believed Earth was the center of the universe and the sun revolved around us. Sickness and disease highlights the fact that we are flawed creatures with a limited time of existence so we should make the most of what we have. We shouldn’t worry about what may or may not come after our inevitable deaths and just enjoy what we have as the mysterious blessing from the universe that it actually is.

Human Frailty

I’ve often looked at human physical frailty and weaknesses as another sign that we don’t really know what we’re talking about as far as a divine creation that created us in the perfect image of a creator. We just have too many single points of failure and oddities to our anatomy as a living organism for me to not believe there is definite support for the theories of evolution to explain our build from such a flawed original image. I think how it all got into motion and started as a first spark of life is beyond our understanding, but overall I think we’re a mess that just mutated and evolved into what you see today.

I now have a more personal feeling of frailty to help highlight these thoughts. I just got diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. It’s a sudden and odd thing that will most likely go away in a few months but it does make me feel a little helpless and frustrated. It doesn’t even look like much of a visibly noticable problem to others, but not being able to blink one eye and losing control of one side of my mouth is tiring and troublesome.

Today at work a person said “it kind of makes you wonder ‘why me?’ doesn’t it?” No, it didn’t. I said I know why it happened to me. It’s just a random thing in a random universe. A certain sequence of events that doctors don’t apparently fully understand happened and now I have this facial paralysis that others have had and will have in the future unless doctor’s can figure out a quick cure or correction to this one like they have for many other physical ailments.

The human ability to overcome our environment is the real answer for such problems. I have old friends on Facebook that say they’re praying for me because that’s what they believe and do. We could go down all of the thought processes that if there was a god then he created Bell’s palsy or allows it to happen at least so such a god probably wouldn’t do anything about this. I find it to be such a laugh that some might even think it’s a punishment for me. My life’s been pretty great so far even with this minor medical issue. I don’t feel punished at all.

No, the real answer to any situation like this will be for doctor’s to continue to figure out something better to do about our frail bodies. If we stayed in the dark ages and tried to pray away all of our ills then any number of plagues or other issues would be wiping out humanity today. A simple thing like CPR doesn’t come from a god or a bible. Fortunately we have people that know in their hearts that prayers won’t do anything for us so we have to heal ourselves. It’s just too bad one of these pills they’ve given me hasn’t let me wake up the next day with restored functionality of my face. Oh well, that’s life and a byproduct of our mysterious existence in the universe.

I’ve read that some people when faced with severe medical issues will turn to religion for comfort. I can’t pretend Bell’s palsy is anything more than a minor deal, and it really is compared to anything else that could go wrong, but even with this I don’t understand how religion provides anything more than questions starting with my coworker’s simple “Why me?” Why am I made to suffer? Why won’t my god help me when I ask? Why does this problem even exist? What is the purpose of this?

Thanks, but I already have my answers and it is because I’m Agnostic I know that many things just happen randomly as a part of existence. I know that if there are any higher reasons to any of this then it is beyond our understanding. If you believe in a religion and think everything has a purpose, then look at what this has done for me. It caused me to once again write something critical of what you believe and reenforced my own beliefs enough to share this viewpoint with others. What if it’s all a part of the universe’s plan to prompt me into action to spread the real truth about reality? Religions are human fiction, it’s all beyond our understanding, and you don’t really know. 🙂

Nine Inch Nails – God Given

Nine Inch Nails – God Given

Hey man, please don’t make a sound
Take a look around
Can’t you see what’s right in front of you
Have a little taste
No more time to waste
You don’t wanna get left behind cause it’s all coming down right now

How hard is it to see
Put your faith in me
I sure wouldn’t want to be praying
To the wrong piece of wood
You should get where you belong
Everything you know is wrong
Come on, sing along, everybody now

God given

And He gives us sight
And we’ll see the light
And it burns so bright
Now we know we’re right
It is kingdom come
And Thy will be done
We have just begun
We’re the chosen ones

(We would never tell you anything that wasn’t absolutely true
That hadn’t come right from his mouth and he was made to tell you)

Wait, step into the light
How can this be right
I’m afraid we’re gonna ask you to leave
Guess you cannot win
With the color of your skin
You won’t be getting into the Promised Land
This is just another case
You people still don’t know your place
Step aside, out the way, wipe that look off your face
‘Cause we are the divine
Separated from the swine
Come on, sing along, everybody now

God given

And He gives us sight
And we’ll see the light
And it burns so bright
Now we know we’re right
It is kingdom come (and the Father and the Holy Son)
And Thy will be done
We have just begun
We’re the chosen ones

(We would never tell you anything that wasn’t absolutely true
That hadn’t come right from his mouth and he was made to tell you)

“I wouldn’t want to be praying to the wrong piece of wood. You should get where you belong. Everything you know is wrong.” What if I started spouting off about being one of the chosen ones with the real truth of Agnosticism? What if I said I am “one of the divine / seperated from the swine” that are the people that don’t believe as I do? I would never tell you anything that wasn’t absolutely true that wasn’t a universal truth that came from existence itself. You do not have the answers and that comes from the universe as a divine message just for you. It’s so easy to just assert truth and authority, isn’t it? Just look around you and see how much talk and hot air pretends to be truth.

Rush – Freewill

There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance,
A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.

A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
“The stars aren’t aligned,
Or the gods are malign…”
Blame is better to give than receive.

Chorus
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose freewill.

There are those who think that they were dealt a losing hand,
The cards were stacked against them; they weren’t born in Lotusland.

All preordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate.
Kicked in the face,
You can’t pray for a place
In heaven’s unearthly estate.

Chorus

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete.
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that’s far too fleet.

Chorus

This is an excellent Agnostic song. We should be able to agree that we all possess freewill. The question then becomes is that freewill a gift from a God that allows you only a certain amount of freewill or do we really possess freewill because we are free beings in a universe we cannot fully perceive or understand?

Do you choose to follow “phantom fears and kindness that can kill” and a preordained existence that leaves nothing to chance? Do you choose to hamper your freewill under the yoke of our ancestors and their stories and imagination of where existence came from and what it really means? Do you really believe all of the awful and good in life is from a magical being that concerns itself with us or that it’s really just random chance in a universe that isn’t aware of our existence? Is this really a planet of playthings dancing on the strings of powers we cannot perceive? It is easier to blame the gods then to take any blame for ourselves. This song has a lot of interesting thoughts.