February 07-A, 2023

Burial Grounds Oil Paint Rendered
Religion is solely a matter of opinion.

People say they have faith in God.
They have faith in their opinion of God--
in their opinion of what someone says about God.

All the religions have different
opinions of God.

Some of the people say their faith
is based on the Bible.
Their faith is based on their opinion
of the Bible--on their opinion
of what someone says about the Bible.

Opinion rules.

I've heard it said
that reasonable people
can look at the same facts
and have different opinions
(Some would say "interpretations")--
and draw different conclusions--
about the same facts.

We like to say, "Facts are facts,"
but facts can be interpreted differently.
So can the Bible.

And who is to say whose interpretation/opinion
is the right one?
And it would only be their opinion
as to which one was the right one.

Opinion reigns.

Look around.
What you see is your opinion
of what's there.

Opinion is all there is.

Which is my opinion.

And, what you are thinking about it
is your opinion.

Opinion is all we have.

We make up our minds one day,
and change them the next.

And if you haven't changed your mind
in a while,
it is only a matter of time,
and living long enough.


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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