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Questions

One thing I like about TED is they address fascinating issues and take on big questions. Most recently they started a series, Questions No One Knows The Answers to

While I would challenge the assertion that all such questions have no answers – I’m glad TED is asking these types of questions.

Whenever I hear people say, “God and religion is not that important to me. I don’t want to really think about it or try and figure it all out. I’m content to live day to day, try to find some meaning in life and just be happy.”  To a degree I get why people say such things. Primarily it’s because thinking takes energy and a lot of people are lazy. Ignorance is bliss as the old adage goes. But here’s the thing — at best it’s naïve and at worst intellectually dishonest to say, “I’m not going to think about God or my existence or any other religious type stuff” because everyone has to think about it at some point or another. It’s both an intellectual and pragmatic issue one simply cannot avoid.

Every day the debate rages all around us on the question of how did we all get here, where did we come from and does my life mean anything? How does one answer that? It is legitimate to consider – are we the result of an ambiguous Big Bang whereby the universe exploded into being [at an absolutely perfect rate] and everything that exists is simply a random accident with humans on this planet being nothing more than a highly evolved biological consequence of chance process? i.e., we have no meaning? Or do all we see, know and experience start with a creator God? Although even a big bang needs an agent of cause.

That aside, ultimately what it comes down to is quite simply really — our existence is either an act of intelligent and intentional creation or an unbelievable and unexplainable fluke of coalescing matter exploding out of the darkness of nothingness. Either we are an accident without meaning or we are beings of complex design and purpose. At one point we each have to decide which we believe.

French mathematician, physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal argued how as human beings we cannot live with any true sense or judgment unless we decide whether there is a God and an afterlife or whether our lives are freak accidents. He suggested some people abhor such questions. They despise religion because the fear it’s true. In his classic work, Pensees, Pascal proposes, “There are three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.” In which group are we?

Perhaps the Apostle John offered the clue as to where all answers originate when he wrote, “This is the message we received from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”

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