Answers and Questions, plus Pascal 2016-15

Answers and Questions, plus Pascal   2016-15

This may be a depressing post to some, but in reality I feel that it has an upbeat and positive thought process to it. It has a point, which should be evident at the end, hopefully…..

First question: What would you do, what would you say, what would you accomplish or, in general, WISH for,  IF you knew you had only 14 hours to live? See what I mean—depressing!

A convicted person, who is on death row, has to at least think about it if he/she has only so long to live, and they may not be able to do or say the things they would like to say or do anyhow……

But in my scenario, you DO have some time to do or say something, what or how would you spend your existing time. I realize, some exotic answers are on the minds of some.

Would you tell someone how much you love them? This would be the chance to do so or tell them again!

Would you let someone know how much you are sorry for your actions in the past? Hey, you might have been holding back for a LONG time, so now would be your chance.

Before I go on, let me say that I am NOT telling you to make a decision that would precipitate this action, this is just an exercise. You are not allowed, under a decent code of deeds to willingly do something to yourself. I think of some that are so depressed that suicide is their only recourse, but they do not think of those that are left behind and their actions are a somewhat selfish act for their own purposes, which is so very, very sad. That is the disclaimer for this posting, so understand it…..,please!

Onward!!! I probably can think of a good many things I would do or could say in the time period I would have left here on Earth. Death is a certainty for all of us at some time. We all think we will live forever, in our mind; especially this thought was true when I was much younger, and I believe this is a normal thought process.

Now to the crux of this discourse: Life on earth is usually less than 100 years.  That is such a small amount of time in the whole concept of how long Earth has been around. Modern conveniences are relatively new to us; again less than 100 years.  We will probably NOT see Mars being inhabited or a Star Trek type space ship being manned, going through space, so those things are future things beyond our reality of happening.

Next question— For those that have doubts or think they are certain and KNOW there is NOT a God,  I ask — REALLY, what IF they are wrong? Eternity of life is on the line!!!!

BUT, what is eternity? That is a very, very, very long time period. Some could say it is forever. IF those that do not believe in the hereafter or of a God that promises such a long life, then it does not matter to them. I brought this subject up before and will do so again, namely Pascal’s Wager.

A French philosopher (1623-62) Blaise Pascal came up with the thought that humans all bet with their lives, either that God exists or that he does not. Life ends abruptly or continues. If it is based on the assumption that the stakes are infinite if God exists and that there is at least a small probability that God, in fact, exists,  Pascal argued that the stakes are infinite IF God exists and that there is at least a small probability that God, in fact, does exist.  (Whew, long sentence!!!)

He argued that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. The neat thing is, if God does NOT actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (such as pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).

Pascal’s Wager was groundbreaking because it opened a new territory in the “Probability Theory”, but that is another matter for another time.

The possible answer could be in Pascal’s Wager where he used the following logic based on a God and used Christianity as a measure, but other religions also have the same thought process:

  1. God is, or God is not. Reason cannot decide between the two alternatives.
  2. A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.
  3. You must wager (it is not optional).
  4. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
  5. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (…) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game– where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain. Confusing? Think about it for a moment or so!
  6. But some cannot believe. They should then “at least learn the inability to believe…” and “Endeavour then to convince themselves!!!!”

That’s it!!   Choices in life; to actually believe or to at least wager if you have doubts and if all else fails convince yourself that you are taking a chance in a lifetime to live forever or not. When the time comes, the countdown time will end.

In the meantime, I pray that belief in the Triune God of the Father, The Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit will be with you in the reality of your mind. I have a another question then: “If you do believe in the Triune God, how are you living your life to get Closer to God; and with that thought, I will be posting another blog to address this last question just made……………………………………………….

Den Betts

Lament of a Doubter &UB Person 2015-102

 Lament of a Doubter & UB Person   2015-102

Perhaps lament is too strong of a word to use, but I do so anyhow. What do I mean?  I have written about a doubter of God in the past, as one who does have doubts of the authenticity of His existence and therefore cannot say they are a complete and absolute believer.

We all doubt, including me. There are times that I feel doubt about God where I hear of an instance where I feel God could have helped the situation. That is normal, I believe, and not a true doubting thought, just a thought at the time.

That being said, I state that I AM a believer of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, amen…. I have no qualms of saying this, as that is what I believe; period…  Some do not have this feeling and could be called doubters, or just un-believers.

This is, I feel, a common thought process and this subject could be discussed at length, but I am thinking more of the Lament of a Doubter. Again, what do I mean? I do not know if I am correct, but could be, and it would be up to the individual doubters to renounce my thoughts.

Here goes! Does a doubter feel that they are correct in thinking that God does NOT exist? I would think they do so, and that is a normal thought.  I speak in general terms of what a doubter may think, so forgive me, for now.

The un-believer (UB for short) thinks he is correct in his thoughts. Many UB people state that there is no proof of God’s existence and feel they are correct. Many use science as a way of trying to proving their beliefs, even though some scientific deductions cannot do so.

Now, does the UB feel that he is right and does this thought go from now until he dies. When he dies is he just dead and nothing else?  Good thoughts on their part, or deductions made, because there is NO proof in their eyes.

My thoughts are this: what if the UB is wrong and God knows they are UB people?

So, this comes to the thought that the UB somewhat has to put up with all the Believers out there and the things they do because of their belief.

The UB is harassed with Christmas songs from almost October through December each year.  They have 40 days of Lent to hear about Jesus Christ and the Crucifixion during Lent.  They are required to pass all kinds of churches, synagogues and mosques on the way to work.  They have people wearing crosses everywhere they go.  The TV has programs like AD that tell the story of Jesus.

You get the picture!  The UB people are surrounded by all kinds of Godly things and happenings daily and there is nothing they can do about it.  It would drive me crazy, knowing that I did not believe in something and have to put up with all the trappings of those that do believe.

Do they actually lament on having to live with all the religious hoopla that goes on in the name of God? I don’t know, but I would if I was a un-believer of God.

There really is NO way for a doubter or UB to express themselves in their non-beliefs.  There is Facebook, but that is a limited crowd and I doubt if many would sign up as a friend if they were active believers. There has to be some way that they can get across to the believers that God is not alive, not active and His Presence is not with us today.

When I read about a UB that makes statements to the news or other media about the absence of God I keep hearing them go over and over about the negative thoughts, like they have something to prove to the world. Can they just shut up and not believe in their disbelief?   What do they have to prove? That they are right, in their minds? They cannot do that, because I can ask them for absolute proof, which is not possible to get from them.  They might want God to do something special, but God does not work that way. It would really tick me off, if I went through life as a doubter or UB person and found out that I lived a life that way, but was wrong. Blasé Pascal, a Christian philosopher – 1623-1662, had a saying that is called Pascal’s Wager, which, in essence, had a unique idea to believe in God and I will encourage you to look it up and consider it.

God allows us to believe or not believe; simple as that.  It is up to us, as individuals, to believe in the  Triune God and if someone does not; so be it.  Time will tell.

Den Betts