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Religion/Christianity

By Ken Poland
May 4, 2013

The never ending controversy over religion continues!

In the May 4 Salina Journal, Ariel, Koehler, and Martin responded to Prachta’s scathing criticism of their freedom of thought and privilege of sharing their minds with readers.

Well —— this old farmer will share his mind on all four of them. I believe in God. My God created the world. How, when, or why is not of any great concern of mine. He created all those writers, me, you, and everyone else. He created us with a mind capable of memory and planning for the future. We are not robots. He didn’t permanently program us, but gave us free will to act on our own. Some of us want to be “Gods” and rule the world to suit our whims. Some of us want to be like Cain, as described in Genesis, and declare we are not responsible for anyone or anything. Some of us egotistically declare our selves know it alls who have the facts or truth in every situation. (You just be still and I’ll declare what is!)

I’m no theologian and I have no advanced intellectual degrees. What I do have is a lifetime of experience dealing with family, community, and the world. It is quite evident that God, or whoever created mankind didn’t use a cookie cutter and decorate us with the same color and flavor of icing. Environment and culture is ever changing and reshaping us. Some of those changes have been to the good and some have not.

What is good? Equal opportunity? Equal responsibility? Both those equalities are good, but, remember, we are not all the same color, same flavor, same size, same age, same gender, etc. Therefore, from birth to death we are subject to and dependent upon one another to sustain our finite existence. I’ll depend upon God (the one in whom I believe) to look after infinity and the hereafter.


The never ending controversy over religion continues! International news, national newspapers, local newspapers, TV, radio, internet blogs, face book, and you name it, all are involved in the debate.

Here in Kansas, the May 4 Salina Journal published Ariel, Koehler, and Martin's response to Prachta’s scathing criticism of their freedom of thought and privilege of sharing their minds with readers. Those three writers have some 'non traditional Christian' opinions. Prachta is a firm believer in the Religious Right and fundamentally conservative interpretation of the Bible, Christianity, and religion's (notably Christian) involvement in civil government.

Well —— this old farmer will share his mind with all four of them and the readers of Everyday Citizen. I believe in God. My God created the world. How, when, or why is not of any great concern of mine. He created all those writers, me, you, and everyone else. He created us with a mind capable of memory and planning for the future. We are not robots. He didn’t permanently program us, but gave us free will to act on our own. Some of us want to be “Gods” and rule the world to suit our whims. Some of us want to be like Cain, as described in Genesis, and declare we are not responsible for anyone or anything. Some of us egotistically declare ourselves as 'know it all' who have the facts or truth in every situation. (You just be still and I’ll declare what is!)

I’m no theologian and I have no advanced intellectual degrees. What I do have is a lifetime of experience dealing with family, community, and the world. It is quite evident that God, or whoever created mankind didn’t use a cookie cutter and decorate us all with the same color and flavor of icing. Environment and culture is ever changing and reshaping us. Some of those changes have been to the good and some have not.

What is good? Equal opportunity? Equal responsibility? Both those equalities are good, but, remember, we are not all the same color, same flavor, same size, same age, same gender, etc. Therefore, from birth to death we are subject to and dependent upon one another to sustain our finite existence. I’ll depend upon God (the one in whom I believe) to look after infinity and the hereafter.

We are having a terrible time in society over how to handle contraception, embryo transplants, artificial insemination, altering DNA, life sustaining or prolonging procedures, etc. All these things are considered tampering with God's sovereignty, by some people.

Incidentally, the hot and contentious argument over whether life begins at conception or birth and who has responsibility for that interim period is tearing our society apart. It is revealing a lot of hyprocracy on both sides of the issue. I happen to believe that life begins at birth. God didn't breath life into the nostrils of man when he had the idea of creating him. He breathed life into man after he had physically created him. Is my interpretation or opinion absolute and binding? Well —— can you prove me wrong beyond a shadow of doubt? I'll take my chances with God's judgment in the end. Our courts of law sometimes make mistakes.

The Preamble to our Constitution uses the phrase, 'We the People". It doesn't say, 'We the CHRISTIAN People" or, "We the Agnostic or Atheist People". Nowhere does the Preamble or Constitution give preference to religion, ethnicity, gender, wealth, etc.

It must have meant everyone residing in the recognized States making up the "Federation" and of accountable age had a responsibility to be involved in the civil government. Accountable age, apparently, did not include Native Americans, indentured servants (notably black slaves) or women. Was this due to the social culture of the time? Have we, by majority popular consent, included those identities as 'We the People"?

Has social culture changed since the 1700s and early 1800s? Has communication and transportation changed? Has technology and scientific knowledge changed? Has interpretation of History and religion changed? With all these changes do we not need to reconsider the role of government in protecting society? Man has learned, through technology, more ways to deviously interfere in the freedoms and protections of his fellowman. Do we need more regulation for the protection of society, today, than in 1790? Can religion be trusted to determine those regulations? History doesn't indicate secular religion as having been successful in protecting, either the environment or individual humans.

The failure of organized religion, of what ever flavor, does not negate the importance of religion in the personal lives of mankind. Personal relationship is the key to motivating adherence to religious tenets or canon. Most basic religions advocate more rewarding personal and social life. But, some do promise great rewards in the hereafter for actions that don't really enhance equal treatment of non believers in that particular religious tenet. Some Christian groups advocate unequal civil rights and privileges based on their interpretation of God's promise for the hereafter.

I hope religious debate never ceases to exist. My Bible tells me we will never have utopia here in our present lives. Religious debate should be about trying to attain as close as possible, utopia When religious debate ceases our freedom of choice will also have ceased..


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