Who knows why?

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When one’s faith is fetter
And hope faces test,
Faith knows no better
Than hope for the best.

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The above pretty much encapsulates religion for me as a natural antiphon to the question of human existence. It is only logical to assume that there is not only a reason for life, but a creator of it. From those conclusions, lacking direct knowledge — possibilities become suppositions, suppositions become mantras, mantras become answers, answers become beliefs, and beliefs become truth: religions, collectively speaking.

I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist.  –J. K. Rowling

Well, life does exist….unless you and I and J. K. Rowling and billions  of other passers-through are figments of some creator’s imagination — which, I suppose, is a possibility. As for the rest, revelations are a dime a dozen, and, bargains though they be, I’m buying none of them.

And that, my friends, is why I’m a deist (just in case anyone’s curious).

8 comments on “KNOWS JOBS

  1. Your post about religion is fascinating, mistermuse. Now I know you are a deist; you present a good argument through your writing.


  2. mistermuse says:

    Thanks, Michaeline. I might add that I’m a deist, not by birth or proselytization, but by “virtue” of the process of elimination. If one reasons that creation requires a creator, but that so-called revelations come to no more than human longing for knowledge-denied, what’s left but the “religion” that’s not a religion.

    Much more could be said, of course, but far be it from me to try to convert anyone to my way of thinking (as many religions do).


    • Since you have had your life experience and knowledge gained, you are fine with me being a deist. Maybe someday I will be one ,too. Who knows ? Meanwhile I enjoy my religion as it is the basis for my hope for the future and helps me live my daily life. We Jews do not try to forcibly convert anyone to our faith also. You are welcom for my previous comment. I usually like everything you write.:-)


  3. mistermuse says:

    I can understand enjoying one’s religion (though personally, religion is too serious a matter to espouse for enjoyment) – for example, I can think of few things more joyous than the “old time religion” of the black church when they pour their hearts and souls into singing those great old Negro spirituals. Now there’s a religion I can believe in every way but intellectually, praise the Lord!


  4. Don Frankel says:

    You know Muse I have to thank you for this. Over the years we’ve explored this question in various articles and posts. I’ve never really been able to articulate an answer and I’ve realized that’s it.

    I mean God or Mother Nature or the Big Bang or whichever you prefer may well be the ultimate abstract concept in that you can see whatever you wish or are able to comprehend. Where everyone gets into trouble, including atheists is when trying to take an abstract concept and make it something concrete. The human mind is not capable of making an abstract concept into something concrete like a brick. It’s not whether there is a God or not? It’s what are we capable of understanding? It’s like trying to make the human mind do Alchemy or turn lead into gold or vice versa. We can’t do it. Or as one wise guy in my old neighborhood used to say. “Ya don’t know do ya?”


    • mistermuse says:

      Well put, Don. That’s the biggest bummer of all, isn’t it? If there’s no “life after death,” there’s no answer – sort of like reading a great mystery novel, only to get to the end, find the last page missing, and never know how it turns out.


  5. arekhill1 says:

    I’m a Dudeist. It’s only a few letters away from Deist.


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