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We are trying to build a civilization without God: legitimate modern project or ... human madness?
We no longer thank God for life, but evolution. We no longer think that the universe comes from God, but from the Big Bang. We no longer want to accept the nature given by God, but we intend to design it genetically. We no longer want authority to come from God, but from the people. We are no longer differentiating good and evil from the Law of God, but from democratically decided laws. And all this is no exaggeration or joke, because in fact abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, homosexual and lesbian "marriages", etc., etc. are being practiced.
We are trying to build a civilization without God ... Are we? ... or perhaps we have to respond like children: "We are ... are many people!". I say this because on the Internet news has appeared that in the United States surveys have been done to find out if people accept the creationist or evolutionary thesis regarding the origin of man. The results have shown that the creationist thesis is as accepted as the evolutionist, as by halves. And one scientist commented, alarmed, that he would never have thought that the scientific formation of the American people was so poor. Denying all creationism would be a radical evolutionism. I think that in the vast majority of other countries the acceptance of creationism would have been even greater.
What would we have answered? What do we really think, that we come from God or some kind of monkey? What were we designed and created by God or that we are the result of random genetic mutations and natural selection? Also, will we think that we come from God necessarily respond to a lack of scientific training? Is it not, rather, that the average man has common sense, and that some scientists - the "teenagers" who want to get attention - are pretending to speak on behalf of the entire scientific community and that the media are making them the Do I play in a yellow way? That game certainly suits both of them, because to repeat that God is the author and creator of everything ... it's simply not news!
Great scientists have always been theists: Pythagoras, Archimedes, Euclid, Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes, Kepler, Newton ... Even Einstein commented that he was not convinced that God had designed the universe by throwing the dice. The fact is that some modern scientists, those who make the most noise and work believing each other a lot, have pretended that God is absolutely not believed at all and that his word is totally excluded from the world of science. And these scientists, who don't believe God, certainly pretend that we believe them. Is this reasonable?
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Life has been difficult for us
The notion of God is very different in Eastern and Western culture. The Orientals have an impersonal notion of God, of the pantheistic type. God manifests himself dispersing in the form of the universe, then picking himself up again, so that all things return to their origin and merge into God; and in doing so, they lose their individuality. Everything is One: the tree is God, the source is God, you are God, I am God ...
And to the direct question, am I God, really, yes or no? The ambiguous answers come: "You are the drop of the Great Ocean", "You are the spark of the Divine Flame". All the force of the excluded third principle, yes or no, is hidden under a poetry that does not come to mind, that nothing explains or answers, but disperses and dilutes the strength of the key questions. Oriental mysticism does not use rational development; similar to the thinking of some modern scientists, reason and religion are strange to each other, but in the East in favor of mysticism.
In Western culture, since ancient Greek philosophers, religion and science complement each other. From its origins, Philosophy was considered a scientific knowledge. Throughout history great philosophers and scientists have analyzed various demonstrations of the existence of God, and have still contributed their own. Only in recent centuries has the tendency to reduce science to the world of the material emerged among some scientists, and to leave Philosophy and Theology as a whole outside the scientific sphere.
Death has been presented as the great victorious
Man naturally longs to perpetuate, eternalize and be happy. However, death has always been the destroyer of all his desires, as if he were his staunch enemy, who always defeats him. It was well said in ancient times that you can do all the plans and projects you want, which will eventually collapse, you will be frustrated, you will not enjoy them, because ... you will die!
You can now fall in love and declare eternal faithfulness, and even be well reciprocated; that love will go out ... you will die! Others will come to collect your spoils and those of your beloved.
You can now plan a life that seeks knowledge in continuous study and research ... you will die!
You can now dedicate yourself to art and the conquest of beauty ... you will die!
You can now undertake business projects of the best quality for the benefit of all humanity ... you will die!
There is no escape, death always conquers us; she is the great mocker of all our hopes; let us get excited, that we get excited, that we will foster hope ... to finally give its accurate blow, that cuts every path, that blinds every horizon.
The non-Christian answers
The Orientals have reacted to death trying to quench all personal yearning, all personal desire. It is better not to yearn, than to be frustrated in the yearning. It is preferable to choose oneself to silence the mind and the senses in a premature "death", than to be defeated by real death. It is preferable to be "dead" ... when death arrives. It is preferable to think that individuality itself is a burden, that I am only an emanation of an impersonal Divinity and that when I die I merge with It, thus freeing myself from that imperfection that is my own self.
Do not want, do not project, do not love, do not yearn ... so that you do not get frustrated. Claudica! Give up your self in advance. Give up, unfailingly defeated, even before the fight begins ... death is so powerful and victorious!
The Greeks reacted in another way. Some said you have to take advantage of life while it lasts; it is better to be a beggar in the world of the living than king in the empire of the dead. Let's eat and drink, we'll die tomorrow!
Others said that it is natural to die, and that nature must be followed imperturbably. Nature takes its course, and you will not be able to alter it. Do not pretend, then, to alter it; accept whatever comes, even death, without altering you either. Die calm, serene, unperturbed, like a tree ...
The best of the Greeks accepted death in an adventurous spirit. Not knowing what was beyond, because no one had returned to tell it, they had no more reason to be pessimistic than optimistic; but they also had no proof or certain knowledge that there was another life, or that it was better or worse than this.
The Christian response
In all cases death was the mockery of our deepest longings. Humanity had to live in a continuous fear of death, more or less conscious, more or less quiet. At least that was the way until the Israelite prophecy of a Messiah was to come to free us from death; prophecy that was fulfilled with the Incarnation of the Divine Word, with the arrival of Christ. He truly defeated death, for he rose again; and since in one way or another we are all members of his Mystical Body, we will also be resurrected. Hence the Christian question: Where is death your victory?
Today many have a great effort to deny the resurrection of Christ, but we have the historical skepticism of the apostle Thomas, who refused to believe until he stuck his finger in the nail holes. Christ was undoubtedly resurrected, and many witnessed him and were his witnesses. You can not cover the sun with a finger, nor can you put doors to the field.
From then on, the Christian world, which includes Western culture, was finally able to yearn and live without fear of death, and also without fear that each person would lose their own individuality when they died; because we already had the legitimate hope in a future life of knowledge and love between all of us and with God, but without merging into Him, but keeping each his own self.
God created us in our individuality and loves us in our individuality. Teresa is still Teresa, Saint Teresa, even in Heaven. And that hope, with the consequent loss of fear of death, was transmitted from parents to children, and to friends and acquaintances, spreading throughout Western culture, until it reached us.
This is how Christians have come to live longing and projecting, apart from a fearful concern about death, and even without being fully aware of the cause of such liberation. The remarkable thing is that today, supported by the inheritance of that liberation, there are so many Western Christians who, bored of Christianity, criticize and flirt with the Eastern doctrines without realizing the situation in which they would be were it not for their Christian cultural heritage.
Certainly the Orientals have the right to think what they think and to believe what they believe, and also to live and promote it; and we must respect and love them. In addition, their religiosity represents an important search. However, they have a delay of 2,500 years, because they seem not to have learned that there was a Greek culture; and having learned, they don't seem to have understood. It is a culture that seeks the development of the intellect and everything legitimately human, so it was a preparation for the advent of Christianity, since Christ, the Divine Intelligence in person, asked that everyone who was able to understand ... I would understand! In fact, Christian Theology was developed by synthesizing reason and faith with support in Greek Philosophy.
Greek culture and Christianity contributed the concept of person, whose dignity and rights are so important today. We have dignity and rights not so much for being human, but rather for being people. For all the above, the Western knowledge of God as Someone who knows and loves - creator of the universe, One in essence and Triune in people, whose Son became man for love of us - is an incomparably superior knowledge to that of the Eastern religions , as is Christian mysticism, consisting of a loving union between people.
The problem is that today, by pretending to remain Christians and at the same time build a civilization without God, we dare not declare ourselves atheists or live authentic Christianity, because we fear that it will make us appear less modern; and then we look for interpretations that distort it. Indeed, believing in God today with all its consequences, accepting all that he has revealed and everything that Philosophy and Theology teach us, would make us see ourselves as unambitious, uncompetitive, little evolutionary, undemocratic ...
Nothing more convenient, then, than an impersonal interpretation of God, typical of a naturalistic pantheism, such as the Eastern one, where God identifies with the universe and its laws, instead of being its creator. But we cannot dialogue with an impersonal God, nor can we love him, nor can we continue to retain hope in a future life, and we will end up returning to fear ... And this is precisely what is happening to us: we are losing God!
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