How many businesses would make a profit if they always offered a free lunch or free ride? It is true that sometimes, businesses will offer a free lunch as a loss-leader to attract customers who may purchase other items. But there is nothing free on this earth but the grace of God. Continue reading
Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! ”
The Eagles “Hotel California”
This song hits you in the stomach with its surprise ending. If the First Law of Thermodynamics is accurate, and scientists, including Albert Einstein, have believed this to be true for decades, then there may be a surprise ending for mankind as well. Continue reading
The Kingston Trio’s lyrics in “The Merry Minuet” still carry meaning today.
“They’re rioting in Africa. They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain. The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans. The Germans hate the Poles. Italians hate Yugoslavs. South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don’t like anybody very much. But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud for man’s been endowed with a mushroom shaped cloud. And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off and we will all be blown away. They’re rioting in Africa. There’s strife in Iran. What nature doesn’t do to us will be done by our fellow man.”
The most interesting thing about Homo sapiens sapiens is that we think we are better than our fellow man. And yet, we are basically identical. Even though no two humans are genetically identical, human genetic variation is estimated to be about 0.5%. In effect, there is 99.5% similarity among the different races of Homo sapiens sapiens throughout the world. Continue reading
In order to fairly assess whether God exists or not, we must first define who God is. So, God is the creator of the universe. Assuming there was creation, then everything in our universe, visible or invisible, was created by the force of God.
According to the First Law of Thermodynamics, all matter and energy in the universe can neither be created nor destroyed in our closed system. Therefore, God must have created our universe outside or inside our universe. I include both outside and inside because our universe could have originated from either direction or from both. We simply don’t know.
Most existentialists are atheists like Jean-Paul Sartre. Yet, the Father of Existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard, believed in God, so being an existentialist does not exclude God, per se. It is interesting to read the atheist existentialists and notice that they find that life is absurd and amounts to nothing. Kierkegaard might agree and add, “Life is absurd without God.”
Hindsight’s books and articles are designed to: (1) make you think and (2) entice you to think differently. If you like what I have to say, then that is fine, but my hope is that my words will generate thought and not just agreement. I don’t expect that you will think like me, at all. In fact if you do, I will worry about you because nobody should think like me except me.
I hear many people ask why God allows bad things to happen. God could control our lives, removing our freedom of choice, thus eliminating all our bumps and potholes in the road of life. However, everything would be predetermined. We would not be free to make choices because they would have already been made for us. What kind of life would that be?
This article is written for atheists. It is easy writing articles for Christians because they already believe in God, and I don’t have to fight an uphill battle. We start with a common ground, thus a Christian audience is much easier to approach with religious subjects.
Atheists are much more difficult to reach. There is very little common ground, and they immediately turn their ears off when they find out that I am a Christian. However, there is some common ground. We are all human and are in the same human condition. We all have needs and are basically selfish. We want to be free to make choices, but we don’t like people telling us what the right choices are. What do they know?
When I tell friends of mine that I am an existentialist, they sometimes say, “I didn’t know you were an atheist.” I guess I will have to coin a new phrase, “Christian existentialist,” and tell them that I follow the path developed by the Father of Existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard. Unfortunately, the existentialists who followed Kierkegaard were primarily atheists, but Kierkegaard is sufficient for my purposes. He said it all.