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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Those of you that read my blog regularly know I have had some debate with myself regarding my faith and the search for God within myself. Given the acts at the Virginia Tech campus, it would be easy for one to say...there is no God otherwise this type of horrific act would not have happened.

I recently read an article in Newsweek that was a debate between an atheist, Sam Harris and a man of religion/God, Rick Warren. Rick Warren's argument went like this....

It is rather simple: it is smarter to bet that God exists, and to believe in him, because if it turns out that he is real, you win everything; if he is not, you lose nothing. So why not take the leap of faith?

Regardless of the recent events, the horrible words we say to and about each other, the hardships we all endure throughout life, war and our national and individual losses...I choose to believe that God has a plan and to trust and believe is the only way to make sense of all of this.

7 comments:

kenju said...

Me too, rosemary, it is the only way we can make any sense of acts like these. That man was very troubled, and I heard today that he had been for a while. I want to know why he wasn't sent back to Korea after he set fire to a dorm (as I heard, but don't know for sure)?

Dan said...

Nice thoughts Rosemary!

When something like this happens, it reminds me of the inherent potential for evil humans have inside. But it also reminds me of the inherent good. Look at all of the Mother Theresas, Chopins and Picassos.

Events like this fog our lenses and it's more difficult to see the beauty in humans. But it's still there. We just have to wipe the lenses clean every now and then.

Ex-Shammickite said...

There is absolutely no sense in the events this week. Not only the tragedy at Virginia Tech, but remember the 120 people killed by bombs in Iraq today... mostly women and children. I don't think God has any say in the matter, there's some evil in everyone, and in some it leaks out, and some keep it under wraps.

jan said...

There is no way to know Good unless there is also Evil. There is no way to know Sanity unless there is Insanity. There is no way to help the insane without compromising their civil rights.

jan said...

There is no way to know Good unless there is also Evil. There is no way to know Sanity unless there is Insanity. There is no way to help the insane without compromising their civil rights.

mart said...

A British perspective: If you want to stop people shooting each other get rid of the guns.

utenzi said...

I read that Newsweek article also and it was pretty good, Rosemary. The argument you paraphrase is a famous one by Blaise Pascal. Of course it's meaningless since there's little point to just saying you believe--if there is a God then he'll see through that subterfuge--and having true faith is a hard road to travel.