Today is a good day to think about Jesus and God and the Bible, after all we’ve made the birth of Jesus an international holiday celebrated by 2 billion people worldwide, even people in nations with little or no Christian history or tradition celebrate Christmas.
I find it easier to believe than not believe if only that it adds a little mystery and magic to life. Do I believe God?
Can I prove the existence of God?
But in the end it doesn’t matter whether God exists or not; it only matters if you believe God exists. That’s where the magic and miracles are in the belief.
During his 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College, David Foster Wallace did a terrific job of encapsulating this in the form of a parable. As Wallace told it:
There are these two guys sitting together in a bar in the remote Alaskan wilderness. One of the guys is religious, the other is an atheist, and the two are arguing about the existence of God with that special intensity that comes after about the fourth beer. And the atheist says: “Look, it’s not like I don’t have actual reasons for not believing in God. It’s not like I haven’t ever experimented with the whole God and prayer thing. Just last month I got caught away from the camp in that terrible blizzard, and I was totally lost and I couldn’t see a thing, and it was fifty below, and so I tried it: I fell to my knees in the snow and cried out ‘Oh, God, if there is a God, I’m lost in this blizzard, and I’m gonna die if you don’t help me.'” And now, in the bar, the religious guy looks at the atheist all puzzled. “Well then you must believe now,” he says, “After all, here you are, alive.” The atheist just rolls his eyes. “No, man, all that was was a couple Eskimos happened to come wandering by and showed me the way back to camp.” [David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech at Kenyon College]
Merry Christmas Peeps,