I recently picked up Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins and couldn’t put it down. I may go back and reread his other books soon; so many laughs and such good thoughts like:
Of course, as long as there were willing followers, there would be exploitive leaders. And there would be willing followers until humanity reached that philosophical plateau where it recognized that its great mission in life had nothing to do with any struggle between classes, races, nations, or ideologies, but was, rather, a personal quest to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. On that quest, politics was simply a roadblock of stentorian baboons.
If you are afraid of dieing, I strongly recommend investigating your belief and the way you are living your life because it is just silly to be afraid of something as inevitable as death.
The most absurd example of what I’m getting at is the popemobile, a bullet-proof vehicle that was built after an assignation attempt on Pope John Paul II. Think about it. The Pope presumably is living a good life in the eyes of God. If anyone is going to get into heaven, it is going to be the Pope, right? What better way to go than at the hands of an assassin? You die a martyr here in this life, you are welcomed into heaven on the other side and back on earth you are on a fast-track for sainthood. Sorry, but I’ve got to question the sincerity of the Pope’s belief.
We are all walking “through the valley of the shadow of death.” To live is to face death because every living thing will die.
When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, they go through stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance; with acceptance comes, well, interestingly enough, life. Surely you have heard stories of people who, faced with death, investigated their lives and made some serious changes; literally started living the life they envisioned for themselves. Why wait? Start living your life today.
You don’t know there is a God any more than an atheist knows there is no god. You can believe there is a God. You can think there is a God. You can have faith there is a God. But there is nothing you can do to convince me you KNOW there is a God.
Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps there is something you can do to convince me you know there is a God. What might that be? How about if you told me God had given you the ability to walk on water? OK. Show me. Let me see you walk on water. If I see you walk on water and you told me that this ability was give to you to convince doubting Thomases like me that God exists, then, wow, yeah, I think I would be convinced.
This is a new thought for me and I think it answers a question I have pondered without resolution before. I think that the teachings of Jesus are really wonderful. Love thy neighbor. Love your enemies. Love everyone. Do not judge others. Really great stuff. My question has been why the supernatural stuff–like walking on water and virgin birth. I simply don’t believe in things that go against all of the experiences that have come to me through my god-given body. It doesn’t matter to me. The supernatural things don’t take away from the wisdom of his words that I can relate to and actually put to good use in the way I live my life.
So here is how I think the supernatural stuff came into being. There were these men, the evangelicals of their time, trying to get the masses to follow the teachings of Jesus but the masses were not buying it so they started attributing supernatural abilities to him.
Are you one of those who need to have Christ with supernatural abilities? Why? Aren’t his words powerful enough without the virgin birth, turning a fish and a loaf of bread into enough food to feed the crowd, resurrection?
This is your life; for those who believe in God, it is the life God gave you. There is so much to be explored, learned, and enjoyed in this life. There are so many challenges, like living peacefully, like having a meaningful relationship with another, like dealing with our deficiencies whether it be physical handicaps or mental handicaps. What a fantastic game has been developed for us—this game of life with its pleasures and its pain and suffering. There are video games that try to recreate parts of life. Think of life as the ultimate video game and play it well.