There is no reason

There is not one good reason. And that is good enough. That should be your answer to my last post.

Your faith, your belief, “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

God is incomprehensible, therefore you cannot give a reason. But He has revealed himself to you by becoming man and therefore you can “know” God without understanding or comprehending him.

Make sense? For a Christian it does.

But I need to go on and talk about the tenor of that post. Sounded a bit bitter didn’t it? It was. I admit it. Because I have beat myself up most all of my life trying to be a true believer, trying to attain “the peace that passeth all understanding”, begging that the God of Christianity would heal me and transform me, or at the very least give me some relief.

It never came.

I have been told by Christians that someday God will explain it all to me.

I have been told that God answers prayer with a no.

I have been told that His grace is sufficient for me. (Whatever that means.)

Just let me say, that I am proud for people that are so assured and confident and comforted and blessed and rewarded in their faith; that their main goal in life is waiting to go to Heaven and be with God for eternity.  More power to you. I think it’s great that your faith or “the” faith has fulfilled you and sustains you for all your days upon this earth and has made you a better person, or even if not a better person, a “saved” person. That is special, at least for you…if what you believe is true.

But I believe that people ought to be free to believe what they want to believe or not believe.

And for me, it’s become the latter.

And because I favor having tangible substance and tangible evidence, I can’t give myself one good reason to believe in the Christian’s God, even if it’s needed or not.

ADDED: As I was reading my received emailed newsletters after publishing this post I found this to be apropos…“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul,” Walt Whitman

…from the incredible Sunday newsletter by Maria Popova… Brain Pickings.

Give me one good reason…

why you believe in God.

Go ahead.

I’ll wait.

If I asked this in the mid 20th century your answer would most likely have been “Because I don’t want to burn and be in torment for eternity in hell, which God has prepared for all sinners and non-believers who haven’t confessed Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, the Son of God.” (Let alone as also being the final destination for the devil and his angels, who by the way, God created. Seems to me he’s not batting a thousand as a creator.)

I know. What an awesome God.

But I know that you don’t hear that answer, about hell or Hades or Gehenna, even in church services in this day and age. Come on Christians, (even if only in name only), when is the last time you heard your minister, preacher, evangelist, worship leader, praise team coordinator, say that you are going to hell if you don’t believe in God and his son by Mary?

Talk about putting the fear of God in you.

But you have nothing to fear.

The only thing modern Christian churches exist for is to be a glorified self-help, self-glorifying, self-actualizing, Broadway-show-caliber seminar.

I’m waiting.

A state of priorities

“We’re number one!”

“Nick Saban is country’s highest-paid public employee.”

“We’re number one!”

@AlabamaFTBL coach Nick Saban earned $11.7 million last year and is the highest paid public employee in the country.

And in standings of secondary priority, Alabama comes in at…

#46 out of 50  states in health care.

(Remember. #1 is the goal. National Champions, so to speak.)

#47 in education.

#48 in opportunity.

#42 in crime and corrections.

Should I go on?

Overall, Alabama ranks #46 out of 50.

If it’s any consolation, Mississippi and Louisiana bring up the rear.

But I digress. We really need to be talking football here.

Many argue that Coach Saban is not being paid by Alabama’s taxpayers. They would counter that his salary comes from alumni, endowments, and the revenue the school is making off of their football program. Well, they’d better acquire more funding if they want to keep him there…

In 2017, Bloomberg found that Alabama football is built on a crippling debt and owes $225 million over the next 28 years in borrowed debt on their program.

But I don’t believe that this public official, (and don’t forget that this is a state university, meaning it uses taxpayer funds),  has to worry about personal debt. Not only was his house at $3.1 million dollars paid off, but his property taxes are also being picked up by the Crimson Tide Foundation.

Bet this isn’t his house…

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“Alabama Has the Worst Poverty in the Developed World, U.N. Official Says”

Maybe. But they have the #1 college football team in the world.

Priorities people. Priorities.

This may sound like a personal hit piece on Coach Saban. It isn’t. More to come

The eve of happy

It’s the start of a new 365 days.

Yesterday was and tomorrow will be too.

We’re always on the eve of happy. At least some are. Those who deal with the big “D” (depression) or what I like to call “m.e.d.’s” (mental/emotional disorders) are mostly reliving the midnights, reliving beginnings of each day’s battles to be normal, or at the very least, to feel normal.

For those who are happy for today, who live for today, and are looking forward to counting off 365 of them…it’s a good start. It’s always the eve of happy. May your New Year’s day and days be that.


Can you live without…

Facebook?

I have. For two years. There is only one problem. Nobody else can live without it.

Take for instance; I auditioned for a play. Afterwards we were informed, “Those who got parts, they will be posted on Facebook Thursday.”

It would be nice that for a play that is going to be performed in public, with voices, not texted or posted,  that the director would call you voice-to-voice and inform you whether you’re in or you’re out.

Too social? No. Too personal. Too open.

I still can live without it.