Just so you know my basic thoughts about Spinoza, he was talking a nice philosophical and theoretical outlook about existence and what it all means. But the body of evidence along with historical fact is undeniable and accurate as to whom Jesus Christ was and is. No other human being, can lay claim to what he and his teaching represent. To ignore Him and the evidence is folly to me on anyone’s part, especially in light of the fact that he taught that “He is the way the path and the life” that “none come onto the father but by the son!” I know that lots of modernists and so called self-proclaimed Gurus or designer religions claim to have the answer, but the “Holy Scriptures” even speak of this in the end times, how many would claim “I am here” or “he has come,” meaning so many will claim they have the answer but they do not.
I have much more of my own perspective on what is going on and why existence is laid out in the fashion in which it is. But only God the creator can give eternal life, it is not a birth right. We are immortal or have an immortal soul but that does not give us a heavenly eternal life it will be determined by God after a judgment by Jesus of what each of our lives deserves, Heaven or Hell, while also there is room for many to be in a state of flux for a period before going on to Heaven. The Consequence for getting it wrong is much too great to be putting one’s life on the line or trusting it to chance and mathematics or calculus of any man-made science! Trusting in the Lord is a certainty, as far as all of the evidence indicates and my faith tells me that I’m on course to make it to eternal life and happiness. Too many people today try to be their own God or think they know God when they don’t. Indeed some people think they know so much but they actually know so little!
Do you believe in good and evil? Satan rules this world with his supernatural influence. People like Soros along with those he supports, Obama, Clintons, Pelosi, Warren, Feinstein, Wasserman Schultz, Comey, Brennan, Clapper are just a few that show his evil influence at work here in our own country, via these individuals that are Satan’s earthly minions.
So if there is evil of course there is the opposite which would be whom? God obviously must be at the top of anything good and humans are stuck in-between. Why? Because we have our own complete “free will” to be our own agents or INDIVIDUALS, and not programed automatons. So now we have this stage or arena of conflict and what do you think we humans should be doing about it, or better put what is our JOB! Would you say to do as much good as possible and resist all that is bad or EVIL? What would that make those of us that agree with my premise? Servants of God’s or in a sense soldiers of His to fight the good fight and do all the good possible for mankind because the Devil is and will be doing all he can to harm it! Now in the equation we have all these good and bad factors at work but one more is that humans can never do anything “absolute” because they are imperfect and incomplete, so that no matter how much good they do or how hard they try the end result will be the same, to fail and not win the war against Evil or the devil. What will it take to win that war and save any and all humans from this failure and to not be conquered by Satan? Only one thing will yield that result in this equation, the only absolute authority there is, GOD! God must intervene or be directly involved in this equation for there to be a way to resolve the conflict once and for all. That already happened, and was when God decided to send Jesus Christ to be the true and full “redeemer” of humans from all sin and imperfection, to allow any human with “free will” to seek eternal life and conquer all sin and death by means of “Jesus Christ,” by asking Christ to be his or her “Savior” from this situation, and to be reborn or transformed into a glorious perfect eternal existence, given to any one of us by accepting the “gift” and “loving God” by our “own free will!”
Just as we know that as Dr. Kathleen Hall said, “In Every Single Thing You Do, You Are Choosing A Direction, Your Life Is A Product Of Choices.” Or as Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said, “Each Choice Has A Consequence. Each Consequence Has A Destination.”
Indeed, I say we humans are all Free to choose for ourselves but none of us are free from the Consequences of our Choices we make in this realm and Temporary life, that effects our existence beyond this temporary life, of whether we will live in “eternal happiness and bliss” or suffer all of the painful consequences of SIN in this world!
Amended the day after due to the statement of a man who says he is more agnostic but calls himself an atheist. Let us examine the resulting train of thought that was provoked!
I have to say this as a good Christian that I hope you back off on the atheist slant, on why you and I along with the planet earth exist; try moving toward being an agnostic more at least. I have to put this bluntly but I don’t think you’re so delicate that you can’t take it! If you were to die an atheist you would surely end up in hell! No two ways about it! Even Einstein in all of his brilliance and genius was humble and aware that the intelligence behind all of this was ever so obvious to him! One conversation he had with a group of theoretical physicists where they discussed the millisecond before the Big Bang, one of the scientist said that with enough of these random events and sequences of particles of energy and matter the exact right combination would have to occur, to which Einstein replied, Ah Yes my friend but you have forgotten one thing in this theory, “God does not play dice!” I think you would do yourself a great disservice to think you know more than he did and so many others that have an abundance of factual knowledge and evidence that the truly profound and miraculous is happening every second, but that greater miracles have occurred by a supreme intelligence initiating them!
You say you want evidence and it is in great abundance for the asking! As far as religion I’m not a top theologian but I have studied many of the major ones over the years including the Muslim, to find truth! I can say with assurance that Christianity is the cornerstone religion of humanity from God Himself! C.S Lewis married a Jew and always had an affinity with them but was a Protestant and he became one of the most prolific writers and supporters of Christianity! No other human being has ever been able to even come close to laying claim to what Jesus Christ professed and indeed as He was prophesied to become before his birth, all which actually came true!
I think you are an intelligent man with integrity and forthrightness, so I’m offering you a look at something I just wrote yesterday which will break the ice I think, in letting you know some specifics that you need to know about and understand! I could explain what insight and wisdom I have gained over the years by searching and just living life which will illustrate why Einstein didn’t hesitate to admit there is GOD! But for now take a look at what I wrote and then let me know on the article as a comment what you think. We can pick it up from there!
One more thing to leave you with, Einstein’s theories that he didn’t complete or that were not provable to some extent in his lifetime have now been proven. You have heard I’m sure of “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy” and the present knowledge of this has been illustrated by physicists to the point where they now know, that this Dark Energy is all encompassing and way beyond all of the energy of the known universes combined! Now, you and I and most scientific minded people know that science is proven out over time and if all of this knowledge that was generations ago unknown and “UNSEEN,” yet now we believe in it and know it to be true! So don’t discount something profound because you can’t see it or touch it! Jesus Christ said back when he walked this earth a real living human, “ Verily I say unto thee there is more in the unseen world than there is in the seen.” Now you know how they had very little knowledge of science or any such thinking back then in the land where he lived his profound life. That leads one to wonder who was this man that said such things and wasn’t a scientist or an alien from the stars? Einstein knew many of the things he said having been a Jew, but his parents sent him to a Catholic grade school for better education. Things to think about!
The day after the atheist rebukes God’s truth and wisdom to His faithful!
Einstein is not the authority on anything to do with God or the possibility of one but he clearly stated in a group that God is not random. You try to presuppose that you have a clear view of what is possible when it comes to God by science and material specifics which in themselves are limited just like Spinoza’s view, and God is not material and if I live beyond this flesh material body it is not by means of material forces or anything remotely resembling this existence! You obviously have ZERO faith or trust in the unknown as being greater than your puny mind, which is pure conceit to some exponential number not worth calculating because you are seething with this conceit, and doom yourself to failure in the process. Rebellion is one of the worst sins to commit against God that I have no doubt exists!
By the way fancy pants, Satan’s gift and footstool to the world! C.S. Lewis who you ignored in the text died a true believer in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for me and all His faithful! That is all I need!
Yes there is EVIL!!!
One little message, Mat 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Case closed!