"I don't know" is the answer
by: Rev. Eric
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The following question was posed on the Why Does God Hate Amputees? forum .
Q: The consensus of this board seems to be that The Bible is the infallible word of God. Where does everyone get this idea of The Bible? I'm asking this so we can all come to an understanding and start defining terms that we can use to have more civil discussions. Brandon
Hi Brandon. I suppose that you are asking this because Rationals tend to demonstrate the errors of religion based on the Bible as literal truth. Of course, many Christians believe that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God, and is to be taken literally. These are what I'll call fundamentalists, since they are going to the fundamentals of the religion - i.e. the Bible - and taking it as it is. Everyone else who leaves the Bible open to interpretation, I'll call non-fundamentalists.
Rationals directly attack fundamentalists on their precepts because the Bible is clearly full of contradictions when taken literally. If that isn't enough to shake the fundamentalist foundation, the Bible contains many commands from God and actions by God that seem quite barbaric in our day and age. As you see, it is incredibly easy to attack the fundamentalist position. However, this doesn't really say anything about the non-fundamentalist position.
Unfortunately, there are incredibly many non-fundamentalist positions, yours being one of them. These positions are all different, and there is little in common between them. They range from ultra-conservative to ultra-liberal on their social/political outlook. This brings many questions to my mind, which I believe are not universally answerable:
- Who is to know what the truth is?
- How can we decide which parts of the Bible are to be taken literally and which ones aren't?
- How is it that so many people can say that they know the Way, the Truth, and the Light, when all three things are different to all of them?
- Is there even one universal truth that everyone can agree on?
- Is the Truth relative to each and every one of us, in that the Truth is what we feel is the Truth?
- Which way is right, if any of them?
- Or am I to go independently and claim that what God tells me is right?
- Does God expect us all to believe something different, or is there one universal religion that we are all supposed to believe?
I answer these questions swiftly and quickly, with the phrase, I don't know, and I don't care. I'm an ordained minister of The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic (UCTAA), and this is how I am able to live my life without worrying about the big questions that none of us can really universally answer and agree upon, anyway. Though both Apathetic Agnostics (like me) and Rationals are nonbelievers, we are different in one, slightly significant detail: what we claim to know and to be able to know. Apathetic Agnostics claim that we cannot know whether or not a god or gods exist, while Rationals claim to know that there exist no god or gods.
Please explore apatheticagnostic.com and see if you are able to liberate yourself from these huge questions that not even the best philosophers and religious ministers are able to agree upon. I encourage you, if you are able to do so, to free yourself from the perpetual search for Truth, since it may or may not be different for each and every one of us, and when you feel like you've found it, you really may or may not have found it, depending on who you talk to.
There's nothing wrong with not knowing the answers. It's okay to settle on an agnostic position, realizing that as humans, we have many limitations, including in what we can think, observe, and experience. Shakespeare wrote: "the wise man doth know himself a fool," so to be truly wise, you must know what you don't know and cannot know.