by Brad Nelson 3/1/14
No, perish the thought. This is not an attack on God or religion. Neither all the minds of the Marxists or all the resources of science can put one dent into explaining how existence itself happened, let alone consciousness. That there is some Creative organizing force over and above mere nature is self-evident. Frankly, if one is an atheist, one is either not very thoughtful or is very angry at life for having been dealt a bad hand (as one perceives it). Or both.
Nay, I have not come here to bury God but to simply wonder how one keeps the god concept above the level of CO2. Let me explain.
A friend in the shellfish industry told me just yesterday about a theory he heard espoused as to why that season’s harvest was either up or down (probably down). The theory consisted of a “bubbles-coming-up-from-the-bottom-of-the-mud” theory that had extra amounts of CO2 as the cause. How this effected shellfish one way or another, I didn’t get into those details. But once the magic word, “CO2,” was given, it was all that I needed to know anyway.
And this theorist who was espousing this theory to my friend was a bona fide environmental wacko. That is, he was an EPA official. Clearly CO2 has become some kind of powerful talisman for the Left. It can account for anything. Warming. Cooling. Shrinking glaciers. Expanding glaciers. Heavy snow. Light sow. Lots of hurricanes. Very few hurricanes. Sometimes feeling like a nut. Sometimes you don’t.
It is my understanding that in the Christian conception of God, mankind has free will. This is in contrast to, say, the primitive religion of Islam wherein anything that happens in life is simply cast off as “god’s will.” That kind of god is no better than a blind force of nature (and such blind forces surely do exist, such as gravity).
Christians certainly attempt to put themselves in harmony with the Divine will. But I don’t believe it’s their practice to say that everything that happens — good or bad — is “God’s will.” Surely if some schmuck rapes some woman, it was the schmuck’s will that was to blame. Humans are moral agents who can make choices, not blind forces of nature.
But in the world of the environmental wacko (which, really, includes nearly everyone on the Left), CO2 is like that primitive Islamic belief. If anything — whether good or bad (but usually bad) — happens in the world (aka “in the environment”) then these new wacko priests of soda pop fizz find a way to declare it being caused by CO2. It’s reminiscent of the old Roman custom of taking the auspices by reading chicken livers. You can read whatever you want into them. But a chicken liver remains just a chicken liver.
And I’m pretty sure that there are people who relate to God as environmental wackos do to soda pop fizz, blaming him for everything and taking contingency, free will, or just plain bad luck out of the equation. That is, they take god out of the realm of an active conscious agent and make a superstition of it all (a la CO2). And given the typical hardships that a human life faces, it is certainly tempting to turn God from a being into a magical agent, treating the Creator little better than soda pop fizz, the CO2 of the paganistic religion of Leftism and environmental wackos.
So how does one resist this pull? Well, the truth is, many haven’t. As Dennis Prager notes, most of Judaism, and a good portion of Christianity, has been given over to the Left where people, for all intents and purposes, worship Leftism (diversity, multiculturalism, viewing man as a material being not a moral being — aka “social justice”, emphasizing a Communist like “equality” rather than duties and responsibilities, emphasizing a narcissistic self-fulfillment instead of self-sacrifice, etc.).
It’s just something to think about if you don’t believe in worshipping paganism but might be doing so through the back door, so to speak. And given the pagan-like superstition of CO2 as practiced by the Left — which is so obviously dishonest, deluded, and self-destructive — it’s a reminder to perhaps raise our own game and not fall into the same paganistic traps of dumb and dumber.
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