I was enjoying some naked time yesterday, just lounging about the house in my birthday suit because it’s comfortable, especially in the summer heat. Anyway, nudus interruptus occurred, courtesy of a couple of JW’s. Maybe I should have answered the door naked but the previous time the doorbell rang while in that state, it had been a cop at the door which would have been a different outcome entirely.
They wanted to know if I believed human beings evolved or that God created us in His image? They gave me a pamphlet and made a note to visit me next Saturday to discuss it. Do they really want to do that? It’s like asking if I prefer fruits or vegetables. In my mind, the two ideas are not at all incompatible and the question is actually completely irrelevant. The first is a theory based on scientific observation, hypotheses and inquiry. The other is simply a matter of unquestioning faith. Evolution is not scientific fact and no one should claim that it is. That’s why it’s the “theory of evolution”. There are no “facts” to support creationism, only scripture. People believe it because it’s in their holy book and someone they perceive to be holier than them told them so. That’s their fact — it’s written in a book which is believed to be the unerring word of God. (That raises the question, “Whys is the unerring word of God contradictory and inconsistent?”)
They also asked me if it mattered what one believes? Not really. There are many different paths to Truth, Liberation, Salvation or whatever you want to call it and each is as valid as the others. I think that one’s thoughts, speech and action are most important. We have to work out our salvation (enlightenment, liberation, etc.) for ourselves, no one can do it for us. We must walk our own path.
Should those ladies turn up at my door next Saturday, will I share my opinions and ideas with them? It’s hard to say. It could be interesting. I have no intention of trying to convince them that my beliefs are correct and theirs are wrong. It’s their truth, who am I to convince them otherwise? Regardless of what I say, I’m sure they will walk away convinced that my soul will burn in Hell for all eternity. I’m okay with that.
Maybe Heaven and Hell are the same place and the only difference is the path one follows to get there.