Amun-Ra : Those of Us About to Die

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  1. Amun-Ra

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    Anytime we speak of death, we speak of it in hushed tones and hidden voices as if we might be overheard and receive an unwelcome visit from the grim reaper. Unfortunately, death is part of the circle of life. Man has searched for the Fountain of Youth and Eternal Life, but substance remains elusive and the best the world offers is religion, that Disneyesque Fantasia of make-believe, wishful-thinking and outright denial of reality.

    I speak of death today because it is a constant companion to all of us, one that will not fade away in foul weather or diminish in the constancy of spring. The shadow of death walks along the hillsides as well as the valleys of despair. It would seem with the promise of eternal life and would have all lining up to take on the most hazardous endeavors and undertakings, but the opposite is true. It seems that everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die. Perhaps, that is the basis for the courtship of Pascal’s Wager, which basically says that by deciding to believe in God, one has all the bases covered.

    Stated simply Pascal’s Wager says that if one believes in God and there turns out to be no God, then one has lost nothing in making the “safe” bet. Of course, the same applies to those who do not believe in God in that if there is no God, then, they too have lost nothing in the translation. However, if there turns out to be a God, those nonbelievers will be in big trouble. There are other scenarios but these are those that most concern in that they miss a salient point and that is that if there is a God, then what makes those who believed to be safe any different from those who did not believe.

    At first this seems a simple question, but if one studies it closely and applies the theories of total-forgiveness, total-love, total power and total knowledge, then it must be acknowledged that to deny any entrance to a better life based on degree of belief is not only holy hair-splitting splitting hairs but it is also petty and a bit contradictory because it denies those of good character and sterling person a position.

    Of course, there will be no acknowledgement forthcoming regarding disbelief and doubt of God because to do so would appear to acquiesce to the aforementioned ideas. Everyone wants to go to heaven—but no one wants to die. It appears that most are trying to avoid the invitation to the heavenly homecoming, instead of rushing to embrace a better life. Perhaps, the distant reward of heaven is too abstract an idea and works much like the threat of hell. For most part, hell is no deterrent to people doing exactly what they want to do. It is similar to capital punishment as a deterrent—it is useless in stopping bad behavior just as the promised reward is even less effective.

    Therefore, do we embrace Pascal’s Wager for safety’s sake? Do we accept that perhaps, Occam’s Razor where the simplest answer is the best answer and in this case, that would be that there is nothing to prove the existence of a God so there must not be one? Alternatively, do we play it by ear and hope that we have made the right choice?
     
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    hummmm!!! Ra.....

    ya got me thinking loud
    i'll hit ya back on dis one :confused:
     
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    If we cannot provoke a little thought and debate what's the fun?

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