Whatever you desired, a healing, some sort of financial “miracle”, the death of your worst enemy or your mother-in-law, whatever you prayed for, you have a 50/50 chance of it happening, or not. I suppose your “prayers” have better odds then at the Crap Table.
You say, “But I saw a woman who was paralyzed from the waist down get up and walk at one of the Reverend Hocus-Pocus Faith Healing Services last night”. Listen gullible ones, if people could be “cured” by some dude swinging and hitting you with his $3,000 suit jacket, all the hospitals in the world would be empty.
You say, “Oh, but it was the woman’s “faith” and “God’s” will that she was “healed”…….or not. It still was a 50/50 chance that God had anything to do with it. One thing’s for sure, Reverend Hocus-Pocus took $187,654 to his bank the next day, and I’ll just bet you that woman is back to cruising around in her wheelchair…..or not.
“Faith” is nothing more than your gullible belief that you are going to roll a “7” or “11” each time you throw the dice. The same thing is true with everything in life, be it our religious beliefs or anything else for that matter.
You say, “Ahhh, but my faith in God is believing in the unseen” which I respond, “Go for it, there’s a 50/50 chance that you are wasting your emotional and mental well-being in vain. Still better odds than any game of chance”.
What is Faith? A word we hear all the time. “Keep the faith”, “Walk in faith”, “Having faith”. So, what is faith? Faith has several different definitions. Let me address the definition most used by religions.
“Faith” (insert gullibility here) is an absolute belief in a God or Gods, in the doctrines of ANY religions, based on spiritual apprehension RATHER THAN TRUTH OR WHAT IS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO BE A FACT.
With something we call “Common Sense”, which is really not common at all, you will discover a far greater truth and wisdom. You will no longer have a fear (in the case of many religions) of going to Hell, or even of dying for that matter. You WILL embrace the simplest of truths, that we all know as the “Golden Rule”, “To treat ALL others as we ourselves desire to be treated”.
I’m not trying to attack or criticize anyone’s particular “faith” or belief system in WHATEVER it may be. They can believe whatever they feel they must believe in. Our universe and everything in it may well be a “creation” by some supreme being, and our universe may just well be an experiment in some Petri Dish across all time and space.
Whatever your beliefs are, it’s not going to prevent others, like myself from believing differently. For myself, I have discovered true peace, and wait for it……Forgiveness. For having the ability to truly forgive is the number one ingredient in the practice of following the Golden Rule.
That’s what I believe, and continue to “preach” and I can tell you from first-hand experience in my own life, understanding and believing the foregoing is what has truly rewarded me with a permanent, true peace, in my mind and in my heart. Give the dice a toss folks, try the Golden Rule.
P. S. So, I just posted this post, minus my Post Script just I am now adding, (I sure hope I can convince people to come back to read this), and I’m sitting on my patio overlooking the entire bay of Ensenada, (and the “Ensenada Smoothie” has kicked in). I decide to change the music from ”Ella & Count Basie” to “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”. As I’m super-chillin’, this song of theirs begins playing, and I got the following thought, in other words, how the words inspired an entirely different, sort of strange interpretation of their words…..
I am yours; you are mine; you are what you are, and you make it hard
What have you got to lose?
Put those words into a sort of strange light by thinking of the words of the “Golden Rule”.
“I am yours” as in, I would give my life and all history of my existence, for you.
“You are mine” as in, if you follow the same path as I do, you will do the same for me.
“You are what you are” as in, it really doesn’t matter to the both of us, what we believe in, as long as we both can truly live the “Golden Rule”.
“And you make it hard”, as in, the way you treat me with sacrificial love and compassion, I would be hard-pressed to go back to what I used to be.
“What have you got to lose”, speaks for itself.
Peace & Abide, La paz y la morada, ?????? ????????? , ???? ??????, Paix et Demeure, ????????????? ?? ?????, ??? ? ??????????, Pace e Abide, ?????, ?????, A?tî û Abad, ??? ? ????, Fred och Abide, Kapayapaan at Patuloy, Frieden und Bleiben, Mir i Ostanite, ????? ?? ?????, Hòa bình và ? l?i, ??? ? ?????, ???? ??? ???????, ?????????????????????, Mir in bivanje
Dr. T. C. Saxe, DD, RSISHE
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