March 30-B, 2023

Adams Mill Pond Mirror 11/10/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
The people who so proudly
take it on faith
that everything in the Bible is so,
because it is proof of their
celestial worthiness 
and the quality of their faith
to do so,
are quick to toss faith aside
from there on,
and speak not of what they believe
to be so,
but of what they know to be so
because the Bible says so.

What they just took on faith,
they now take to be a fact,
ignoring the fact
that a fact based on faith,
in complete disregard of the evidence
and the requirements for rational 
has no standing whatsoever.

A fact has its own validity
regardless of what is believed 
about it.

People of faith say things like,
"God hates gays,"
and "God will send sinners straight to hell!"
Without introducing either statement
with "I believe..."

They declare it to be a fact
beyond doubt
and not beholding to belief.

Because they say so.

It is their opinion.
And that is all it is.

The rest of us are free
to form our own opinions 
about their opinions,
and leave them in their own world
of "Let's Pretend,"
for as long as it pleases them to do so.


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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