Can We be Honest with Ourselves?

Okay, this post is going to be a bit heavy.  So if you’re in the mood for something light and funny you should read our post “The story of the Football Fish.”  But if you’re ready for some deep thinking read on.  Here goes…

You know I have to wonder if we’ve all become just too busy to give much thought to God, or the afterlife, or even the meaning of life.  I mean I think we’ve gotten a little lazy when clichés and platitudes bring us a sense of relief when asking these types of questions.  We all know that there are two topics to never bring up in a conversation – politics and religion.  And what’s sad is we rarely bring up the latter within ourselves.  So, I have to wonder if we really are being honest with  ourselves.

I have to wonder if we’ve just became too afraid to ask ourselves the “deep” questions.   Is there a God?  How do we know there’s not?  If there is what’s He/She/It like?  Are there any expectations He/She/It has of us?  Does He/She/It feel anything toward us?  Has it just become easier to  enjoy our standard of living, free love, and moral relativism than to ask those questions?  Is that a sound thing to do, much less safe? Jesus once said,  “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”  Are we doing that?  Are we somehow forfeiting our souls by ignoring the spiritual and leaving important spiritual questions  untended to?

Granted some people search for deeper meaning.  They look for some type of spiritual truth or connection.  But they are the exception rather than the rule.  And we think they’re weird, don’t we?  We feel they should leave well enough alone.  Most of us just build our lives around work, bars-clubs-partying, and television shows.  When we get older we might get married and have kids – or maybe not.  We try to instill in our children the value of a good education, hard work, and the importance of family.  But we assume they and we will somehow make it to Heaven.   I mean people are basically good aren’t they? And why bother with all that anyway?  Why upset ourselves about something we can’t control?

It’s quite ironic that we view ourselves as so enlightened, informed, rational, and scientific.  But we’re so lackadaisical about our theology.  Socrates wrote, “an unexamined life is not worth living.”  I would tweak that to say, “An unexamined god is not worth having.” So, let me ask… “Who is your God?  Is it Buddha, Krishna, Allah, Jehovah, or Jesus?  (Or is it your appetites and desires?)  Why do you follow the god you do?  Is it because it’s easy to do, or your god is a “safe” god?  What if you’re wrong?

Jesus taught that there is an all powerful Creator, and He made everything there is; and He made us.  Jesus said He really-really loves us and wants us to love Him back.  Jesus called him “Abba” which in Aramaic means “Daddy.”  Now I think that’s really-really cool!  According to Jesus we have a God in Heaven, the All-Powerful Creator, who made us and loves us, who wants us to love Him back and call Him Daddy.  Now that’s the kind of god I can believe in!





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