Today’s ramble is not intended to be a light hearted break from your reality with a bit of humorous anecdotes. Rather, it is intended to make you think and hopefully spark discussion throughout the comment section.
When I am not thinking of random stuff that amuses me, watching Hells Kitchen, or rubbing wife’s feet, I often revert back to thoughts of God, meaning, the universe and all of that crap.
Stuff I have been pondering for many years.
In a few weeks I am hoping to post a very lengthy autobiography of my spiritual upbringing and journey through faith. But until that is posted, I leave you with this question…
Come on people…give it a whirl….
The Catholic Church teaches that
“God predestines no one to go to hell; for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end”. (CCC #137)
If the above statement is true, then one of three things is occurring.
1. God is NOT omnipresent and omnipotent. He exists only in the now, and cannot foresee the events of the future. A soul is sent down to earth, freewill is gifted to him, Godly fingers are crossed, and personal decisions are made that end him up in the infernal regions of Hades. This in turn would indicate that fate (or the concept of fatalism) does not exist.. Things really DON’T happen “for a reason” and were never and will never exist as being “meant to be”.
2. God IS omnipresent and omnipotent, fate does exist, and He knows the future of what will happen and creates the soul ANYWAY, thus allowing him to take a not-so-innocent stroll down the fire bricked road to an everlasting underworld of nightmarish agony. If this is the case, then we have no freewill and are but puppets on a string with no real control over our own lives, so none of this matters anyway. Predestination to Hell exists. That’s not fair!???
3. God does not exist as the entity we know Him to be, we are all random particles of matter thrown together without an apparent architect whatsoever and we are all living on spaceship earth without a pilot. Hell and heaven don’t exist, and when we die its “lights out” or some other place many believe we can go. This can include the concept of past lives, returning to earth over and over again gaining more and more experiences until an ascension or some sort of Nirvana can occur – thus ending the cycle. But even if this is the case, the question of freewill or fate is still in existence.
There you have it folks. A deeper side of the 30 something suburbanite.
Please take the time to mull this over, post your thoughts, challenge my ideas, but above all – get those electrons moving in those thick skulls of yours.I look forward to your thoughts.
P.S. I understand you need a funny, so here I will leave you with this:
Two bishops were discussing the decline in morals in the modern world.
“I didn’t sleep with my wife before I was married,” said one clergyman self-righteously, “Did you?”
“I don’t know,” said the other. “What was her maiden name?”