Reasons To Believe

Man has always prided himself as the pinnacle of creation, defining himself as “the rational animal.” He delights in his intelligence and capacity for logic. He takes great pleasure in his achievements to the point of believing he is in control. Yet, for all his smarts and ability to reason, man often behaves very irrationally.

Man cannot live without air. Three minutes is all it takes for a person to realize this. And we have this wonderful symbiosis with trees where they give us the oxygen we breathe and we exhale the carbon dioxide that they in turn need. And yet, men have been cutting trees with impunity. We have been destroying forests by the millions of hectares every year. When trees are gone, where will we get the air we need to live?

Man can live without water for three days. And seeing that water is so essential to life, one would think we would do everything to secure and save our water resources. And yet, we have so polluted our planet, we have made our vast oceans gigantic garbage patches. Rivers and lakes are dying because of humans’ despoliation of them. When the last drop of clean water is gone, how can we expect to survive?

It seems so simple and so logical but we need to take care of the earth for the earth to continue taking care of us. We need to take care of one another instead of killing or abusing one another for us to survive as a species. We are part of a meaningful whole. We are not just a random event or a chance happening. There is a good reason why we are here. Is it so hard to see the logic and reason behind that statement? There are so many good reasons to believe. But then again, to a believer, no reasons are necessary; but to a non-believer, no reasons are ever satisfactory.

Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
~ Psalm 69

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:
Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
Matthew 11:20-24
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