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What do we Know about Life, for Sure?

Some things to consider on the road to belief

We had no say in anything

We know, that we just sort of popped into this existence and that we had absolutely no say on anything about: our gender, race, hair color, height, or what country where we were born nor our families economic status. Maybe we had both parents, one parent, or none. We were also born completely helpless and for our first years, we couldn't take care of ourselves, someone else had to feed us, and clean up the mess afterwards.

So, if you think you have some sort of superiority because of your race, height or any physical attributes, guess what? You had nothing to do with any of these. Also, consider that about 2 seconds after you or I die, our opinions and conceptions about what will happen next to us, will be worthless.

Our mechanical bodies

We know, that our bodies are an amazing collection of tubes, filters, hoses, wires that for the most part, does a remarkable job of taking care of itself or at least prompting us through pain or hunger that something needs attention.

I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect." Alex Grey

Our five senses

We know, we have five senses, seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. And through these senses, we learn about our world.

Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth." Margaret Atwood

We process information

We know, we take in information and with our brains, develop plans, and then use our bodies to put action to our plans.

Taking action without thinking first, rarely produces a good result.

Life's pleasures

We know, that while there are many concerns, trials, and drama in lives fulfilling our basic needs, there is also sheer pleasure in relationships, eating, travel, discovery and accomplishment.

But alas, some things that people consider "pleasures," are off of God's menu for a blessed and happy life. It is a fact that the pleasure of most vises, contain a "slap" which soon mitigates the pleasurable aspects.

Not only are we apparently designed to merely survive, we also seem to be designed to experience and enjoy life's pleasures, at least those that are on "God's Menu."

Our natural tendencies

We know, that we were born with some tendencies like selfishness, lying, and for some, stealing. Nobody teaches their children to do these things, children have to be taught NOT to do these things.

Have you EVER lied or STOLEN anything? Ever? What does that make you? Sadly, it makes you at the least, a liar and a thief.

Our Conscience

We know, that there is a little voice inside of our heads holding a sort of court session sometimes reminding us that what we are doing is wrong. We also have a sense of right and wrong built into us. Children don't have to be taught that cutting in line is wrong, they instinctively know it.

"A clear conscience makes a soft pillow."

God awareness

It seems, that there is a nearly, worldwide acknowledgment that there IS a creator which requires worship. According to a major three-year study. Humans are naturally inclined to believe in God or god, and an afterlife.

Even the stone age Waodani tribe of Ecuador, had a concept of a creator and an evil boa that had to be jumped upon death to get to heaven.

We are programed to expect and afterlife

It seems, that mankind in general, has an expectation of some sort of continued existence. At funerals, even if the deceased was not religious in any stretch of the word, there are usually comments about how "old Henry," and how he is enjoying a pint with his old chums up there in the great beyond.

"I have never seen what to me seemed an atom of truth that there is a future life...and yet--I am strongly inclined to expect one." Mark Twain

What is really important in life?

When all the drama, twists and turns of life are boiled down, the things that are valuable to a person are not material goods, it is relationships, loves, family and friendships and experiencing the pleasures of life.

I think that it is possible that we can know what our purpose is.

We are programed to expect that justice will prevail

It seems, that we are programmed for justice to prevail. How many movies have you seen where the bad guy wins? If the bad guy won, we would probably feel a bit unsettled and perhaps would not be keen to see any more movies of that genre. If we are merely evolved, it should not matter to us if the "bad guy" wins or not, but it does.

Somehow, we sense and expect that if some evil person eluded justice for his acts here on the earth, that there will be a arbitrator that will bring final justice.

Section conclusion:Salvation Now!

In consideration of the different aspects of life listed above, what we know and what we seem to know. We seem to be designed for relationship, fellowship and family, and the ability to experience pleasure through these relationships and the experiences of life. Seems like a good time to start a quest.

Exit door

So now what?

The door on the right will lead you to a place to ponder just how we got here. Our complex environment, indeed the complexity of our bodies, screams, "designed."

link - evolution or creation?