November 22-B, 2022

Little River 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee
We live to make things better
for all sentient beings--
by doing what needs to be done
when, where and how it needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
no matter what.

That statement requires us to take it on faith.
There is no way it can be established to be so
by any rational, logical, analytic presentation.
No rational, logical, analytic presentation 
can be made.

The people who make theological declarations
about the Bible being the infallible word of God
(in spite of its glaring defects 
[Eden not having latitude and longitude,
for example])
which they take on faith
are also without logical grounds,
which is what taking something on faith 
is all about--operating outside the sphere of reason.

So the question: Why take theological propositions on faith
and not something else instead--
for example, the opening statement of this discourse?
Why one and not the other?

Their only fall back response is,
"Because why take the chance of going to hell?"
which they also make up and take on faith
to justify taking the rest of it on faith,
leaving untouched the question,
"Why take that on faith 
and not something else instead?

What kind of people would conjure up
an invisible world they are afraid of
to escape by conjuring up a way out
that has to be taken on faith?


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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