The greatest power, some say, is the power to get other humans to use their powers for you…
And then there is also this : that if you don’t fight to make your own dreams come true, then someone else is going to make you fight on their behalf towards their dream.
But there is a third, isn’t there? That you fight for God’s will, and that no other human have any dominion over you. Within God’s will, one has ultimate freedom…
So I guess that’s where the logic comes from then.
Jakarta, January 1st, 2015.
December. Christmas blues. Heheh.
A few days, or maybe weeks, ago; a Facebook post from a secularist acquaintance: “The best of religion is when you love your religion like a hobby, where you look forward to going to Church on Sunday and love singing the hymns etc.,…” (I’m paraphrasing here, of course.)
If one was being paranoid and ungenerous a theist might perceive the former as a jab, saying that you don’t really love going to Church therefore yadda-yadda-yadda….
…But y’know something, I do love going to church some times. I love the singing. Maybe I don’t dedicate enough of my free time and I’ve been flaking my extra-Sunday responsibilities and I’ve been disappointing my church buddies etc.,etc.,… but still…
It’s like, why is it a dichotomy? Why is it that when you’re a Humanist you can’t be a Theist because being both at the same time is to be a flake or a phony or some other even worse label?
But meh. Whatever. I owe no one an explanation. Jesus is my friend and I don’t need to explain myself to anyone; to any person. My friends doesn’t need an explanation, and my enemies won’t believe me anyway.
Because I don’t find my peace in atheism. I find my peace in communion with Christ.
Even when people label me un-Christian. Whether the person is theist or a-theist or anti-theist.
I find my peace with Christ.
The most dangerous idea is not that there is a god or that there is not, but rather that I may kill you on whether you say one way or another…
Let me elaborate.
It is a popular saying among some in the more militant antitheist communities that a belief in a Supreme Being (or at least a dogmatic adherence to any particular religion) has been the cause of war and strife throughout history. Likewise there are some thoughts in the opposite theistic camp that says it is because people are godless (or that people have become arrogant due to thinking that humans are the Supreme Being) that people have started deadly & useless wars. I think these are the two assumptions that have lead both side to each think the other as inhumanely barbaric. What I would like to elaborate in this post is one viewpoint to challenge these two particular assumptions.
So last Friday night we were having this discussion at MyPost discussing why Indonesians seem to be somewhat prone to sectarian violence, some of which are (thought to be) religiously motivated.
[left as a draft for three years…]
Ehh, whatever. *hits publish*
“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
This implies that the only “proper” and Godly way to reach each others’ hearts is through God; and that everything else is suspect….
It’s a concept, most certainly. Slanted towards Theism as it is…
Of course we could replace “God” and “Him” in the first sentence to Humanism, Pantheism, Critical Materialism, or any other -ism, deity, or supreme philosophy. Which makes me suspicious of the koan….
Need to think some more about this before I can swallow it whole-hearted.
It may even seem un-Biblical… to me… [by my own personal definition of ‘Biblical’, which as far as I can tell was given unto me by God Himself, I’m sure.]
Re-posted from a private Google+ Post I started….