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22 September 2005 @ 10:12 pm
On belief  
You know how there are people who insist they "know" that God exists? That he knows and loves each of us individually? That there's an afterlife with no pain or sorrow?

They don't know that. They may feel it deeply, but they don't know. That's why it's called belief, and not knowledge.

I don't have that depth of belief. I don't feel belief in much.

ericrowe, fenriss and I were discussing this tonight. We came up with the conclusion that practicing one's religion on a regular basis creates the neural pathways necessary to feel that level of belief. That people who claim to know because they feel it deep inside don't really know, but have believed so long it's burned that deeply into their brains. Does that mean it's not true? I don't know.

One thing I do feel is that there is a Creator. Life is so complex, so wonderfully put together, I find it more likely that a being created it than that it is all a coincidence. That is bedrock for me. But apart from that, I'm not sure of much. I tend to think that most religions get a piece of it right, but how big or small a piece, I do not know. I don't feel sure there's an afterlife. I don't feel sure there's a reason for the things that happen. I want there to be, but I don't know.

I choose to believe there is. I act as if there's a God who wants us to care for each other. I choose to believe in an afterlife, where we are free of fear and pain. I don't know if it's there. But I hope it is.

I don't want conscious life to be a pointless exercise. I want there to be a reason. And more than anything, I want there to be something better than this.
lordpook1lordpook1 on September 22nd, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
but look around you! this universe, this world, these bodies we live in are so beautiful we can barely comprehend them, this world is so amazing, why do you need anything better? why must you attribute the intricate motions of the cosmos to something as benign as rational supreme being - if you look around, you'll find that things are far more marvelous on their own. appreciate the randomness, the luck that out of interstellar driftwood we came to be, that we were once stars and will be again, our eternal bits of matter pausing for just a moment on earth to give us a few decades of self conciousness before we rejoin the earth, the milky way, the universe. but in our blindness, we miss the bigger picture, we think that our fantasy worlds of mythological beings and endless life are somehow preferable - but look around! we need no creator, no endless life to cheapen our world - the beautiful truth of the cosmos is far more splendid than any fantasy!