December 12-B, 2022

Into the Shute 02 09/24/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — New River George National Park,
Lansing, West Virginia
I like the quote,
"Faith is an opinion that takes itself too seriously."

What is the difference between "having faith,"
and having an opinion?

Is weak faith better than a strong opinion?

We say faith is necessary to get us into heaven,
but we take that statement on faith.

The whole thing is grounded on something we take on faith.
The whole thing could be a figment of someone's imagination,
and we "take it on faith"
because if we don't, we will go to hell,
which we take on faith.

It is all held together by people believing/thinking it is so.

Why take that on faith
and not something else instead?

Because we will go to hell if we don't.

Hell, or the threat of it, holds the whole thing together--
and we believe hell into being,
because, "What if it is true?"

At some point,
we have to take our life in our own hands
and live it the way we think it needs to be lived,
and let things fall out as they will.

Lao Tzu advised, "Do your work as it needs to be done,
and let nature take its course."

I say, "Be right about what needs to be done
and do it when, where and how it needs to be done,
no matter what,
and let that be that."

I also say no one can do more than that,
or better than that.

But everybody needs to do it--
to live their life--
the way they want to do it,
live it.

Why do it the way someone else tells you to do it?
How genuine is that?

It's your life!
Go live it!
The way you think it needs to be lived!


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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