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.

 

 

Water… Water Everywhere?

Is life unique to earth?  Or is other life in the universe?  Is there water throughout the universe?  Well, the odds are extremely good that both life and water are scattered throughout the universe.  And the odds are not bad that there are some forms of both life and water outside our planet within our solar system.

Scientists know that meteorites and comets both have water.  It is possible that many planets in the universe have water and potentially life.  In the future, we should be able to examine distant planets and determine if water and potential life exists.  At that time, odds makers in Las Vegas may place a 2:1 chance of there being other life within our galaxy.

Scientists used to believe that water on earth came from comets.  Certainly, some water did come from comets and meteorites crashing into our planet; but since there is more water inside the earth than in the oceans and on land, we must conclude that most of earth’s water came from some other source.

One theory is that most of our water came when our planet was evolving through accretion from water-laden bodies pushed from the ice-zone into our more temperate climate zone by Jupiter as it acted like a snow plow.  Jupiter probably meandered from the colder zones pushing proto-planets with frozen water into the inner circles where the rocky planets developed.

Therefore, Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury all benefitted from the water opportunity.  However, the sun was too close to Mercury and simply burned off its water.  The water on Venus may have evaporated into higher elevations with runaway global warming until it was blown away.  The water on Mars probably lost out to the sun’s radiation without protective magnetic poles.  So, only our world retained the water.

Where would other water and life be hiding in our universe?  Probably, life will be found on at least one of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn.  The gravity forces of Jupiter and Saturn, kneading these moons like a rolling pin on bread, creates geysers and probably black smokers in their deep oceans, which could easily become an environment for extremophiles, just like it is on earth.

And if water is found throughout the universe, which is logical since it is more common than we once believed, then life should also be more common in the universe than we once thought.  I would be very surprised if life did not flourish throughout the universe.  And we would be remiss if we did not mention the possibility that some forms of life could exist even without water.

So, does life exist throughout the universe?  I don’t know, but I would say that it is more likely than not.  And does this mean that there is no God?  Of course not… it simply means that God’s creation is much more complex than we originally believed.  And it means that with hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe, we should stop being so anthropocentric.