Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Someday It Will End

It must be the season or what I ate last night, but whatever the cause I am disposed to think more about religion. I continue to question the basis for teaching something that more or less defies intelligent study. It is difficult for me to simply accept  any leap of faith.  This rejection automatically leads one to consider a more scientific explanation of human experiences. Admittedly, in many ways this is a desolate picture. According to this view,  the end of life is just that. The end. There is no afterlife. No heaven or hell. Just, the end. While  I do question religions' importance. I absolutely believe that religion has comforted human beings since day one.   It simply cannot be disregarded as a psychological and  philosophical benefit to mankind. I hope that one day I will be able to make that leap of faith so critical to all religions.
Meanwhile, the clock begins ticking at birth,  and  everyday death is closer.  Early mankind apparently figured out that they couldn't answer many of the questions raised by their surroundings and experiences. They ultimately found there were no answers to many basic questions and there never would be.  They became more and more curious as time went by.  For thousands of years mankind believed  the earth was flat,  the sun revolved around the earth, and the earth was the center of the universe. As  knowledge increased and slowly evolved they discovered t there were mysteries that could not be explained. They began to develop theories to explain them.  
  • The sun does not revolve around the earth -  the earth revolves around the sun.  
  • The earth is not flat -  it is not perfectly round either, but we generally think of it as round
  • The sun is not the center of the universe - it is, in fact, a small star in a limitless universe.   
The point is that early theories to explain their surroundings were not always correct, and were changed as knowledge increased.

I believe that (concurrently) religions were established to provide answers and explain the meaning of life and the complexity of the world .

We believe that we may never totally understand the complexity of our surroundings, our experiences, our history and so forth. For those things we can not explain, most of us find comfort in religious concepts.


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