Throughout history, wise men as well as men of power have weighed in with their opinions and beliefs concerning God.
Albert Einstein’s religious views have been studied by many extensively. He said he believed in the “pantheistic” God of Baruch Spinoza, albeit not in a personal god.
According to Webster: “pan·the·ism,” A doctrine identifying the Deity with the universe and its phenomena.
Baruch Spinoza; born Benedito de Espinosa; was a Dutch philosopher. The breadth and importance of Spinoza’s work was not fully realized until years after his death. By laying the groundwork for the 18th-century “enlightenment” and (modern biblical criticism), to include the concept of self and the universe, Spinoza came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy.
Einstein also called himself an agnostic, while disassociating himself from the label atheist, preferring, he said, “an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being. (Source Wikipedia).
Like Einstein, I put great faith in nature and humanity, albeit unlike Einstein I believe in a “personal” God and although I have no personal quarrel with organized religion, I have no place for organized religion in my life.
Question: What do I have a place for in my life?
If by no other measure (time), brings us “knowledge” and (hopefully) “wisdom,” as mankind has coveted knowledge and wisdom since the beginning of time.
We, Homo sapiens, and/or, human beings covet knowledge, as knowledge is power and power delivers recognition.
Question: Who doesn’t love recognition?
A Parable if you Please…
A college professor challenged his class with this question; “Did God create everything that exists?
A student bravely replied; “Yes sir, he did.”
To which the professor retorted; “Are you sure?”
“Yes sir,” the student replied.
The professor retorted; “If God created everything, then God created evil and since evil exists, according to the (principle) that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”
The student became quiet before such an answer, which pleased the professor, inspiring him to boast that he had once more proven that the Christian faith was a myth.
A second student raised his hand and inquired; “May I ask you a question professor?”
“Of course,” replied the professor.
The student stood up and expounded; “Professor, does cold exist?”
What kind of a question is that? Of course cold exists, have you never been cold?
The student replied; “in fact sir, cold does not exist.
According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in fact the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-460°F) is indeed the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist; we created the word cold to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”
The student continued; “Professor, does darkness exist?”
The professor responded; “Of course darkness exists.”
The student retorted; “Once again sir; you are wrong.
Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness.
In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness.
A simple ray of light can break into the world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present.
Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used to describe the condition when there is no light present.”
The student continued; “Sir does evil exist?”
Although unsure at this point, the professor responded; “Of course there is, I’ve already established, There’s corruption in the stock market, in our banking system, in business and most certainly in our government, not to mention the (crime and violence) in our streets.”
Once again the student retorted; “Evil does not exist, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God.
Just as darkness is the absence of light and cold is the absence of heat.
God did not create evil. Evil unlike faith and love that exist the same as heat and light are the result when man doesn’t have God’s love in his heart,.
It’s like the cold you experience when there is no heat and the darkness you experience when there is no light.
God gave us, (mankind), free will, to choose our own path, the path of righteousness for good or a path of opposition to respect, responsibility and honor.
Good and evil are human inventions born of man’s limited understanding of himself, nature and the universe.
Thank you, I rest my case.
..like Adolph Hitler, commissioned a personal Logo, and/or, signifier to set himself apart.
Which, (in my personal opinion), makes him a divider, not a unifier, and definitely not part of America’s community.
To be continued…
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow