I really doubt that the almighty God(s) will take offence if you said something that is not very nice to him/her/them. As almighty as him/her/them is/are, things like these must have been foreseen, and why bothered on such trivial stuff. Think about this, if I made a robot single-handedly, and this little shit somehow turned to me and said, “you loser, motherfucker, asshole…” I probably will laugh to death instead of crushing it with anger.
But though I assume God(s) can be humorous toward blasphemy, the blasphemy does offend some believers, and you are lucky if they just FEEL offended. If they become violent either vocally or physically, and want to give you a lesson under the name of God(s), you’d better prayer your safety. The thing is God(s) always (or in most of the cases) keep silence about blasphemy, it’s more often the faithful take the action for punishment, do they really think that God/Gods need them to defend his/her/their name(s). I would like to believe God(s), if he/she/they exist(s) is/are better or more capable than that.
One thing I felt uncomfortable is that some people follow rules blindly, either they follow the “God’s/Gods’ Words” or the “Secular Laws”. We follow rules either because we have been forced to, in which we know the ramifications ensued by breaking them; or we feel that they make the right sense, in which they probably coincide with our conscience. In whichever way, WE ourselves have the moral judge before any rules tell us what should be done or what response should be made. If our moral judge collides with the external rules, it’s the time for us to think, analyse and weigh pros/cons of the two sides, then draw the conclusion correspondingly. It should not be the attitudes that looking for the God’s/Gods’ Words or the law books first, to see which parts you agreed initially and change your mind to obey those which you don’t agree at the beginning with no good reasons.
Of course, that’s all personal choice, I respect that. I only want to present a personal point of view that if you cannot give me a reason, or your reason is not conceivable, I won’t have the slightest interest to try to believe in your idea no matter how wonderful it sounds like.
And of course, there are some rules I followed but I unable to utter a reason, that when I have some secret conversions with my conscience. But do remember that’s MY conscience, NOT anyone else’s, you cannot/shouldn’t force or expect anyone to have the same sets of conscience rules as yours.
Just finished reading this book in the last two days, easy words, but it provides some deep thoughts. I knew the existence of this book for years, but the name of this book really gave me an impression that it aims for some mindless idiots who crave for nothing but money. Well, I had to admit that after so many years, I finally realize that I am in that category.
It turned out my financial IQ is low, I have no idea of how money works, so I hope for the next few months, I could learn something about accounting at least.
Some of the quotes below are those I found thought-provoking:
- The avoidance of money is just as psychotic as being attached to money.
- Remember the golden rule. He who has the gold makes the rules.
- It is said that the fear of public speaking is a fear greater than death for most people. According to psychiatrists, the fear of public speaking is caused by the fear of ostracism, the fear of standing out. the fear of ridicule, and the fear of being an outcast. The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems.
- You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
- That’s the most common form of laziness: laziness by staying busy.
- “Guilt is worse than greed, for guilt robs the body of its soul.” I think Eleanor Roosevelt said it best: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”
The day we stop learning the day we die. I know that long time ago, but like most of us if not all, I need to be reminded constantly.
Where does your belief lay?
- Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C. G. Jung, ‘I do not believe, I know!
- Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. De facto theist. ‘I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.’
- Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning towards theism. ‘I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.’
- Exactly 50 per cent. Completely impartial agnostic. ‘God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.’ Lower than 50 per cent but not very low.
- Technically agnostic but leaning towards atheism. ‘I don’t know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be sceptical.’
- Very low probability, but short of zero. De facto atheist. ‘I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.’
- Strong atheist. ‘I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung “knows” there is one.”
via Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Mine swings between 5 and 6. Don’t know if it will change after reading Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” or maybe the Bible? I always struggle about the idea of God. Even if I can accept the concept, I think it’s definitely far from the description of the Bible.