Faith that sun will rise is experience
Editor, The News
Re: Encouragements of faith (Acts of Faith, Oct. 27).
Someone said there are two kinds of people inhabiting this globe: nonreligious with a brain and religious without a brain.
I don't think such as being quite correct. If it were, the manipulators of religion would not have had such success, as we know they have.
However, faith in a friend, a brother, a partner, that the sun will rise tomorrow morning as it has for the past five billion years, is quite another matter. It is knowledge – born out of experience.
In my opinion, everyone of us has among others an obligation to be informed.
What Dave King wants us to believe are doctrines for which he hasn't got the skimpiest evidence. His demands for faith, is his excuse for not knowing.
The religionist claims, God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent.
It all goes back to the fact that if God doesn't know the future, he is not omniscient.
If he does but is not able to change it (like preventing the starving of innocent children,), he is not omnipotent.
If he knows and is omnipotent but decides not to prevent the children's suffering, he is not omnibenevolent.
To believe therefore, the bible to be true, we must unbelieve all our belief in the moral justice of God; for wherein could crying or smiling infants offend.
Gunter P. Jaenicke