Yet, in America, like Dorothy in the Land of Oz, we have always been able to click our heels together and express different statements of opinion, and flee from the Land of Oz, where only one opinion of reality exists.
The fact many of us tend to keep our personal opinions to ourselves, given the full freedom of expression we have in our country through the public media forums of newspaper, radio and television, would leave most Eastern Bloc people puzzled and wondering why we don't speak out more.
This Christmas season, let us be thankful we live in a country where different and various believers and non-believers allow each other the freedom of speech, and where we are able to live side by side with one another, despite our different views of reality.
The following is just such a comparative expression of that freedom, by two different views on the answer to the "big" question -- "What is it all about?"
From an empirical rational freethinker: If I can't touch it, hear it, see it, taste it or smell it, then it does not exist.
I do not believe anything exists beyond the five senses, or what I refer to as "the natural"; therefore, I do not believe in the so-called "supernatural." To exist, something must be perceived by at least one of the five senses.
Mankind was not created by a so-called higher being, but rather evolved -- possibly from some form of worm in the ocean. It does bother me that I do not fully understand evolution, and that I have to believe or have faith in evolution. But I guess it's better to proudly believe the human machine evolved, than to believe, in humility, that a higher being created it.
When the machine that is me ceases to function, then I will exist no more forever, which will be the case with all other human machines.
I do not believe the human machine has an "eternal" soul, as the fanatical supernatural believers believe. If they wish to feel inferior to some image of a higher being who will not reveal itself to them in an empirical sense, then that's their problem. As for me, "particular human machines exist one day, and the next they exist no more forever."
From a Christian, saved by grace: The Christian does not have to resemble a child tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of man, because the believer who is saved by the Lord Jesus Christ has the objective written word of God, the Bible.
He depends on divine revelation for guidance rather than the whims and power plays of pragmatic, opportunistic, empirically reasoning men who set their sails when another new human-conceived wind begins to blow stronger.
Throughout history, the many human plans and materialistic systems of living by humanistic philosophy are legend and temporal. But the one plan of God is eternal and secure.
The choice is, and always has been, believe in the men and one of the many false plans presented by the men, or believe in the man, Jesus Christ, and the one true plan of salvation presented by the man.
John 5:24 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you: He that heareth my word, and believeth in him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life." In addition, Ephesians 2:8, 9, says, "for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast."
---Kenneth J. Wolf #05 (12/16/89)
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