February 04-A, 2023

Moraine Abstract With Canoe 09/22/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Moraine Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta
Taking something on faith 
is having an opinion about something
with no facts or substantiating evidence
to support you
and believing in it anyway.

Faith is an opinion with no foundation
or validity.
And is the ground of all religion everywhere.

We have sacrificed animals,
and digits
based on the opinion
that the gods could be swayed
to do our will
by the pleasing odor
of burning flesh.

Opinions are the easiest things to produce
and the hardest things to squelch 
or be rid of.

At least that is my opinion,
and I take it on faith 
that it is so.

And you have an opinion
about my opinion
that you take on faith is so.

That is how opinions work.

If we were sufficiently motivated,
we could build a religion 
around our opinions.

That is how all religions come into being.
And a lot of people die
at the hands of all religions.

Human beings are a strange lot,
but that's another opinion.
There may be enough evidence 
backing it up
to make it a fact. 


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.

One thought on “February 04-A, 2023

  1. It is so, because I said that you said it was so.Truths reveal themselves in many different ways, and the Truths sometimes contradict each other. Human beings are so strange they believe they are right, whatever in the hell that means!

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