Absurdity of Life

Scientists draw conclusions from evidence and facts, a posteriori, while religious teachers rely on faith and imagination, a priori.  Both believe they know the truth about life, but it is more likely than not that neither of them know the truth.  The truth is only known by the Creator, and He is not talking.  Thus, life is absurd because we cannot make sense of it.

Why do we live?  Why do we have free will?  Why do we have a conscience?  Why do we make choices if there are no consequences?  What happens after we die?

After admitting that life is absurd and still puzzling over it, we must logically conclude that life is quite absurd without something after life.  In other words if life were our only appearance in this play, then the play would have no denouement or ending.  This is because if life is to have any meaning at all, then all the choices made during our lives must be analyzed for a full accounting at the end.  Life, which is a test, is nonsensical without death and a grading of our work.  Of course, consequences complete the course.  This completes a design for life in our universe.

And life is absurd for all of us, whether atheists or Christians or agnostics.  We all are tested daily and we all fall short of making good grades.  Christians believe that they are making A’s and B’s, while atheists and agnostics are failing.  The truth is that all of us are failing.  However, the significant advantage for the Christians is that they may lead a better life by following the teachings of Christ.  Unfortunately, there are no guarantees for anybody.  The consequences for our poor choices during life may be dreadful, disastrous for all of us.

I have seen Christians acting as bad or worse than atheists.  There will be no religious shield to protect those who have made bad choices during life.  We must accept our failings and step up to take our punishment, whatever that might be.  By accepting Jesus as our savior, we are in a better position to make good decisions.  But if you read the Bible closely, you will find that there will be consequences for our sins.

I have seen Christians repent of their sins on Sunday and then return to the den of iniquity for the next six days.  Then they return to church on the Sabbath to repent again.  This type of activity shows no true remorse.  It is merely a hope that God will overlook all the misdeeds and erase them because of one hour on Sunday.  This doesn’t even make sense.  It is another absurd myth of Christianity.

So, if there are going to be severe consequences for all of us, what can we do?  Even as a Christian existentialist, I honestly don’t know.  I suppose we can start by doing our best every day that we have left to do the right thing.  Each of us should try to be a better person.  I don’t believe that our judgment day will have a scale with good deeds on one side and bad choices on the other.  I think it will be much more sophisticated and complex than that.

My imagination tells me that we will probably enter a darkness that eliminates our senses.  Our own minds will probably punish us for all the bad decisions we made during life.  The denial of entry into God’s third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2) may be the worst penalty of all.  My guess is that those of us who have made a half-way decent attempt to make good decision will enter the first heaven.  But the subsequent heavens will be exponentially more difficult to reach.

And even though my musings may seem quite absurd, believe me it is much more absurd that we could live in a world of choices without any consequences.



God or Nothing

Our universe is pretty simple.  It either was created or it came from nothing and will end in nothing.  Our senses detect something, rather than nothing, so it seems more likely that the something was created.  Even when we die, we don’t disappear.  We decompose and return to the recycling bin.  Death probably does not lead to nothingness.

Nothing is a very negative concept.  Nihilists and other pessimistic philosophers may believe in nothing, but their beliefs are something itself.  Any thinking or activity or even inactivity is something.  Even a rock, an inanimate object, is something.  Nature abhors a vacuum.  Even outer space which appears to be empty has neutrinos and other small objects scurrying around.

Try to get past all the evangelical and fundamentalist preachings about God and define Him to be the Creator and Designer of the universe.  God is that catalyst who brought matter and energy into our universe from an outside world.  For you see, matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed in our universe.  So God has to be outside our closed universe.  And since God is something, our universe did not come from nothing.  I have no clue where God came from, but perhaps we will find out after we die.

It is interesting to speculate about spontaneous generation.  But something coming from nothing is not a very strong theory.  Everything that we know about in our universe works in cycles.  Even the Big Bang could easily bounce back and forth with a Big Crunch.  Electrons orbit the nucleus.  Our earth orbits the sun.  Everything seems to have design instead of nothingness.  Everything appears to have meaning instead of chaos.  That is not to say that there is no chaos in the universe.  There is chaos, but the chaos even has design and fits within the system.  But I don’t know of any matter and energy being produced from nothing within our universe.

Thus, we either go with the concept of God, the Creator, or nothing.  Not much of a choice for me.  And the real clincher is that there is no downside in picking God over nothing.  But there is a downside if you select nothing over God.  An unhappy Creator can send you anywhere He wants, and there are a lot of bad places in the universe.


Can God Be Proven?

I cannot prove there is a God any more than you can prove that God does not exist.  Atheists typically announce that there is no God, but they rarely admit that there is no evidence for their belief.  Some religious adherents do the same.  But the truth is that neither side, no matter how strong their beliefs, can provide one bit of objective evidence for their positions.

That being said, I believe there is a God.  Why?  I know how little we know, so I rely on subjective evidence.  I know, a priori, there is a God.  I use deduction and inference and intuition.  If we were created, it is logical that there is a Creator.  If there is a design in the universe, then I can deduce that there is a Designer.

You may properly ask who created the Creator and who designed the Designer, and I would tell you that I do not have a clue.  But then I already admitted that I know how little we know.  So since I am so much in the dark on the creation and design of the universe, how can I be so arrogant as to believe in God?

As I said, I have to rely on my intuition that there is a God.  I think, therefore I am aware of my existence.  I think, therefore my instincts tell me that my existence makes no sense unless there were a God.  Why would I have a conscience if there were no consequences?  Why would there be a test without somebody to grade the exam?  Why would we have free will to make poor choices if there were no consequences?  As Christian existentialists might say, “Life is absurd… without God.”

But I also have a practical reason to believe in God, which may be the best reason of all.  One of my favorite stories is about a young boy who was asked by his parents to pick out a puppy.  One of the puppies in the store made eye contact with the boy and started wagging its tail vigorously and came running over to him.  The little boy exclaimed, “That’s the dog I want… the one with the happy ending.”  If I believe in God and act accordingly, then there is a chance for a happy ending.  On the other hand if I do not believe in God, there is no chance for a happy ending.

Even if the odds of there being a God were one million to one, I would still believe in God.  Why?  Because there are no consequences for believing in God and being wrong, while there are significant consequences for not believing in God and being wrong.

These are just some of my musings that I am sharing with you.  If you don’t believe in God, that is your right to choose.  I am such an advocate for freedom of choice that I would never interfere with your decision.  However, if you have not decided yet, I wanted you to have some more information that might be important in making your final decision.

So, is that your final answer?