Skip to main content
God, oh God, are you there?

Image hosted by

As I was busy munching down two servings of Country Style Spaghetti (the best! burp!), I was reading about this Washington lobbyist who wanted to represent atheists in the Republican-dominated (translation: ultra-conservative) US Government. I was thinking that either she's really smart or conversely very, very jaded.


"Brown likens atheists today to gays in the 1970s: people just coming out of the closet to fight for acceptance. 'There's been so much rhetoric in the past decade about how important religion is to being a good person,' she says, that 'it's been scary' for people to say they don't believe in God. She vows to 'use the A-word and not cringe.'"
In a recent Pew Research Center poll, 11% said they do not believe in God but do believe in a "universal spirit" or "higher power"; 3% said they do not believe in God or a spirit or power. In a separate question, 1% said they are atheists (those who believe there is no God), 2% said they are agnostics (those unsure whether there is a God), and 11% said they have no religious preference."


I was reminded of a speech I made in college for Communication III. The topic of a close friend of mine, Mandy, was about Angels. Then, when it was my turn, I talked about atheism and religiosity. My friend overheard a classmate telling another classmate, "How can they be friends?" Yup, sometimes friendship can come across barriers of religion.

Anyway, I showed them the matrix explaining Pascal's wager.

Image hosted by

This states that:
- if God exists, and you believe that there is a God, then you gain all, a place inside the pearly gates of heaven.
- if God exists, and you believe that there is no God, then you are in trouble, a place in the burning furnaces of HELL.
- If God does not exist and you believe that there is a God, nothing. You just go back to the nothingness from which you came from.
- If God does not exist and you believe that there is no God, again nothing. You just go back to the nothingness from which you came from and you didn't live in delusion that you are doing good just to go in heaven.

This may be a childish logic to explain the importance of believing in God. But sometimes, when you're very afraid, and there's nothing else to turn to... belief in God can give you comfort and strength.

How can you lead a country if you don't believe in a Godlike figure? How can you comfort your constituents whose properties were ravished by a tragic hurricane or war?

I don't know the answer but C.S Lewis also said, "just act as if you believe in God... and sooner or later... you'll start to believe it and life will be confined to simple biblical supposed truths!"


jazzie said…
I remember one of my teachers in college telling us about it .. can't help to think that it makes sense! It might be the easiest way to convince a non-believer ;)
Neth said…
hayy... yup... faith is sometimes frighteningly simple...

Popular posts from this blog

Hello, it's me!

It's been awhile since I have shared something on this space about my thoughts and my life. Well, where do I start? Maybe just like an old good friend, I will try to give you some highlights on the past years when I was not blogging.

The biggest thing that happened to me so far was I got my Australian citizenship. I know right? I know that it may not be a big deal to others but for me, this is something that I have tried to work on for the past 5 years.  My kababayans might say that I am ungrateful, but we cannot discount the fact that with a blue passport from a country like Australia, I can travel to many countries - visa free without immigration officers trying to catch my eye and check if I am planning to do something illegal on their country.

No offense, but every time I stand on the immigration line going into another country, my heart always work double/triple time because I am too anxious to be deported back to my country even if I know that I have the proper visa.

Aside …
Baby boom

The first time we settled here in Melbourne we got to know a lot of fellow Pinoys who are living on a different environment. We joined them in making Australia our second home. In each gathering, we try to get to know them better and reconnect.

We didn't know how it happened. But after 2 years, suddenly each couple had their own babies. Don't get me wrong, babies are cute but it was just surprising to note that parties suddenly turn into an event similar to family reunions back home.

Instead of blood relatives, you get to see friends and their kids grown before your eyes. It's not the gray hair that makes me feel old.  It's the babies and kids that are now walking and developing into little adults.

I can't complain. For some reason, it is good for now, to look and enjoy kids from afar. It's fun to carry them for a few minutes compared to living with a baby 24/7. It must be hard. I really commend couples with kids and having to work for a living at th…
Family Vacation - Dec 2013 - Davao

In my 30+ years of existence, we never had a family vacation outside of Luzon. Last December 2013, mama, my bro and I went to Davao to "train" mama to ride a plane. I think she liked it and it's going to be the first of many travels for her.

 I miss them but I am looking forward to our next adventure! :)