Thursday, October 25, 2018

It's OK

Took my two fur kids out tonight and let them do their thing. I sat in a lawn chair and looked at the grass reflecting the porch light. Little pinpoints of dew-light that looked like stars. I looked up and imagined the other pinpoints of light that were hidden behind the dark clouds. Two reminders of the infinite that my human brain could only acknowledge, but never understand. I knew that I could die at that moment and be grateful that I had existed in a form capable of knowing that I was part of that infinity, however small and insignificant.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Could Christianity be the Antichrist?

We know that the original manuscripts did not have punctuation marks. Translators added them in the way that supported their beliefs. So, remove the commas and quotation marks from Mark 24:5 and you are left with this:
  • For many shall come in my name saying I am Christ and shall deceive many.
Isn't that exactly what the Christian religion and Christian churches do -- deceive many using Christ as their authority? I'd say Old Scratch hit a home run in his game to deceive. It's also a far better description of "Antichrist" than it being an individual.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Knowledge vs Belief vs Faith

Both knowledge and belief are evidence-based, when the words are used properly. Faith is not. However, it is common to use the words faith and belief interchangeably. Even Webster does it due to widespread acceptance. But, here is the difference in all three.

Knowledge requires empirical evidence. I "know" empirically that my dog is beside me in my chair. It's not something I can choose to "unknow".

Belief also requires evidence. It doesn't require empirical evidence, but it does require evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. Without empirical evidence, I cannot "know" that my dog will live long enough to be beside me tomorrow. But, I have enough supporting evidence to believe he will be. Note: Personal experience can provide sufficient subjective evidence for an individual to believe something that is not necessarily factual.

Faith requires little or no supporting evidence. All it requires is a need or desire for something to be true. I can choose to have faith in something regardless of the evidence or the lack thereof. I can choose to have faith in God, flying saucers, or that my dog is the Antichrist, without supporting evidence of any kind. This is because faith is want-to-be based, and fueled by need, fear, tribal influence, or conditioning. It is interesting that even the Bible supports this by declaring that: "Faith is the substance of things "hoped for" (emphasis mine).