I believe in God.
This isn’t a religious site, and I’m not trying to foist my faith off on anyone. If you don’t believe, or believe differently, that’s between you and Whomever it is you do or do not believe in; it’s not worth either of us arguing about.
I mention my own faith just as a way of getting at a larger point. There are many on the Left - and some on the Right - who would say that belief in God is simpleminded and weak, that it’s a crutch for the intellectually feeble, that to believe in God is to diminish Man.
Certainly, I can understand their viewpoint. Whether or not God exists, belief in Him is an idea, and like most ideas, the question of whether it’s good or bad depends on how you apply it in your daily life. If your belief in God makes you feel better about yourself, incites you to become a better person, and encourages you to dare mighty things, secure in the knowledge that He’s got your back, that’s great! If your believe in God makes you feel horribly unworthy and insignificant, living a life in fear of accidentally breaking some rule or whatever…well…I’ve been there myself. I didn’t like it, I certainly wouldn’t want to do it again, I can’t say I’d wish it on anyone, but at the same time it probably *was* important for one stage in my development. I‘ve since - gratefully - outgrown it , and I have put off childish things (1st Corinthians 13:11) Conversely, the same could be said of Atheism: You can take your disbelief in God as a license to live your life to the fullest, content in the knowledge that no one will judge you when you die, *or* you can live your life in a state of Woody Allenesque near-panic, knowing that each tick of the clock brings you closer to oblivion, and everything and everyone is all for naught. Again, it’s what you do with it, you know?
As for me, I believe in God.
And I believe in Man.
Mankind, rather. Humanity, if you will. I’m not trying to exclude anyone. My belief in God doesn’t make me feel diminished, it makes me feel enervated! We’re not miserable, scraping little monkeys with freakishly distended frontal lobes, we’re the freakin’ pinnacle of creation! What is Man, that God should be mindful of us? I don’t know, but I’m told that he created to be only temporarily lower than the angels, and crowned us with glory and honor (Psalm 8:4-5). Not only does that imply He likes us, it also *Strongly* implies that we’ve got some serious potential! The version of God that I worship values us so highly that He allows us to argue with Him (The entire book of Job) and haggle with Him (Genesis 18:22-33) and just generally puts up with us being jerks, rather than just wipe us out entirely, and He’s gone to great personal cost to allow us to better ourselves.
The point being: I believe in God, and I believe that God believes in us.
No idea why that should be, but there it is: We’re partners in this great big crazy scary endless life thing, junior partners, it’s true - I’m not arrogant - but that just makes me feel better and better about things, you know? As a species, we undeniably kick ass. Even with all our vary obvious problems, we *still* kick ass.
Which is why it’s so confounding to me that those on the Left don’t seem to believe in our amazing, limitless potential as a species.
We’ve all seen this kind of defeatist crap coming from the left - and you’ll not that I’m not singling out Democrats here, because the problem is larger than just one party. We’ve seen people increasingly claiming that we’re less than we are, claiming that every impressive thing we’ve ever done is somehow a blasphemy against nature, claiming that there are more people right now than the earth can support, claiming that we must make do with less, and that we shouldn’t even try for more, that we should be content with living in our limits. People who say that every boon to humanity from the Agricultural Revolution on down to the present is only a “Temporary Boost” and therefore not worth doing. The Agricultural Revolution was like eight thousand years ago. That's one hell of a long "Temporary." This is a weird combination of technophobia and self-loathing that’s somehow grown up