Journal Entry #417
April 20th, 2011
Once again I realize that the consistent argument I see from many is the argument from ignorance. In the example below the person is saying I don’t like reality so I will create a fantasy and call it reality because it makes me feel more secure in my life.
Christian……Gary, I respect where you’re coming from but I would hate to live in your world. It’s so limited. Your faith is completely in man’s intelligence and it has proven itself to be flawed time and time again. If this is all there is to life (meaning us as human beings) then that’s very depressing.
Gary David Currie ……..I will agree with you that mans intelligence has proven itself to be flawed as it has created gods. My world is your world. Please enlighten my how it is limited as I can imagine just as much as the next person. Reality is actually fantastic. I am sorry that it is depressing to you but that will still not change it. We are born we live and we die just the way it is. What we do with that life is the fantastic journey. Having faith in a life beyond has nothing to do with this life as you will only know this when you are dead.
To ignore the world we live in just because it is harsh at times and may be depressing will not change the reality of the world. There is so much beauty and wonder in the world and I will stay away from defining it as the natural world as opposed to the world of god because really there is only just one world one reality.
Yes life certainly sucks at times but suck it up butter cup, that’s life. You can pretend all you want to that it is something else or that you are going to a better place but that is probably what it will be just pretend.
If one cannot see all the fantastic experiences that life has to offer then I actually feel sorry for them. The list is endless what the universe holds to be discovered and the human experience that we engage in.
Classic example of the argument from ignorance;
Here is a great example of how my God works: I just got my car out of the shop with a bill that wiped out my savings. This morning I checked my financial aid status and I had been awarded an amount that, after paying for my classes, left me with $20 over what my car cost to fix. Brush it off as coincidence if you want to, but I choose to believe my God is taking care of me.
The most important statement here is this “I choose to believe my God is taking care of me.” This person is actually aware that they are probably fooling themselves but still had made the conscious choice to engage in doing so. I mean there are so many other explanations that are more plausible than Jesus yet they have decided to ignore all of those and instead of saying “I don’t know” they have chosen what they would like it to be. There is absolutely no evidence for this to be attributed to Jesus but that does not stop them. Now if I posted the rest of the strain many people jumped on the boat of ignoring reality and relaying their stories of miracles. This only fuels the delusion for all.
As the conversation progressed and I offered my observations which were not the norm I ran into the usual scenario where my beliefs became the topic in question. Because I did not share their belief system I could not possibly understand;
Christian #1……..There is power in faith, something I wouldn’t expect you to understand, Gary. The fact that I CHOOSE to believe is what honours God. I don’t believe God is a puppet master, but His Word says that He causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Our choices affect what happens in our lives (and is also what causes evil in the world), but God can use those consequences to bring about good things for us who have faith in Him, where this would not happen for the person without faith.
Christian #2….. It’s no surprise that Gary thinks of it as a coincidence, or his beliefs would require total re-adjustment. Within what Gary requires as measurement, miracles and “good” things cannot exist, they’re not on his “speedometer”.
I think this will not only sum up my beliefs but certainly show again people indulging in the argument from ignorance;
People are constantly calling my belief system flawed. My beliefs fall in line with people like Gandhi, Mandela & the Dalai Lama. The flaw they are referring to is that I do not assign what I believe to an imaginary god and that is where they think it is flawed. I actually like to take credit for being what I consider a good human being.
Why do people just like to make shit up and then once they believe it is true they continue to build on the delusion until it takes on epic proportions. They need to just stop near the beginning and say I don’t know and leave it at that.