Having a degree in philosophy and political science as well as a long-standing interest in theology and religion, I get to enjoy all sorts of random thoughts at odd moments. Here are a few of them from earlier today.
Thoughts on The Soul
It’s natural to want to believe that consciousness persists, both in the moment to moment (we are who we believe we are & these memories are how we actually remember the events of our lives) and beyond time (as a soul with an after-life). Yet, like the belief in God, this is not something which can be proven using any scientific or rigorously-logical arguments.
Of course, there’s scads of anecdotal evidence, but personal observations that can be explained without reference to the belief don’t actually prove anything.
On the other hand, the belief can’t be disproven, either.
So, why does it matter? Because this belief has implications for how those who believe it act — and it’s actions that produce results in the real world.
Thoughts on What We Deserve and Magical Thinking
The belief that you get what you deserve is not a Christian or Western Civilization belief. Karma, instant or otherwise, is a Buddhist and Eastern concept. The same goes for Magical Thinking – the belief that you can “attract” or “manifest” what you think about, desire or pray for without taking any actions or otherwise working to make it happen.
The major difference between Western religions and Eastern is that the Westerner (Jew, Christian or Muslim) knows you would be in jail or in hell if you got what you deserved, but by God’s grace, we aren’t ; and that you have to work for results.
Those who claim to be Christian while following Eastern beliefs must not understand the concepts of Grace and Works.
Of course, if you’re a heterodox believer (Eris doesn’t mind if you call her Jesus!),
It’s All Good.
All IMHO, of course.