Faith For Dummies--Fly Fishing With Dub

Written by Ken Mowery

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"But aren't you making an assumption that there is a God and that he created everything?

"You're right on both accounts." Dub conceded. "But what if, forrepparttar sake of argument, we decided to proceed under those assumptions?" He stopped to collect his thoughts. "After all, didn't we sort of do that this morning before we leftrepparttar 126926 house?"

"Sorry, Dub, you lost me again."

"Well, I told you that I knew about a great fishing hole, right?"


"So, did you know for sure that you would catch fish here?"

"No, but I had a pretty good idea that I would."

"So you made an assumption. And I'm betting you're glad you made that assumption." He winked at me as I nodded affirmatively. "But let me ask you this." Dub stopped talking momentarily to adjustrepparttar 126927 tension on his line. "What if you had maderepparttar 126928 assumption that there were no fish and therefore decided not to makerepparttar 126929 trip this morning?" I could see where he was going. "I would have been wrong and..."

"You would have missed something really great wouldn't you."

Suddenly as if on cuerepparttar 126930 tip of my rod dipped violently towardrepparttar 126931 water. I instinctively lifted my rod and grippedrepparttar 126932 line to keep it taut. The fish brokerepparttar 126933 surface exposing his white belly, and flared gills, revealingrepparttar 126934 red intricacy within. Twisting and bucking he clearedrepparttar 126935 water by his own length or more. I struggled to keeprepparttar 126936 tension onrepparttar 126937 line, butrepparttar 126938 Herculean leap toward me had too much power and velocity behind it. The elk hair caddis that had been lodged in his mouth was suddenly free andrepparttar 126939 fish was gone. For a momentrepparttar 126940 only sound I could hear wasrepparttar 126941 rapid drumming of my heartbeat in my ears.

Dub continued talking as I inspected my leader. "So why can't we talk about God fromrepparttar 126942 assumption that there actually is a God? If we're wrong, no harm done. But, if we are right… Well, we might just find something good."

It was a reasonable proposition. We fished and talked untilrepparttar 126943 sun slipped behindrepparttar 126944 western peaks. Exhausted and fulfilled we made our way back torepparttar 126945 truck. As we drove home I thought of one last question I needed to ask. I foundrepparttar 126946 right words asrepparttar 126947 headlights of Dub's truck illuminated his driveway.

"Dub, today while we were talking about God." He looked at me overrepparttar 126948 rim of his glasses. "You said a lot of things that came out ofrepparttar 126949 Bible. Right?"

"Yeah, you're right."

"Well, I don't mean to be hard headed or anything, but what would you say torepparttar 126950 man who is not so sure he believes inrepparttar 126951 Bible?"

Dub smiled and said, "Well, I would say to him, 'You know, I read about this great fishing place up onrepparttar 126952 Big Thompson. Why don't we go check it out?'"

Ken is a pastor, writer, composer,web designer,promoter living in Greeley Colorado with his wife and two children. His articles and poems have been published in various magazines. He writes a monthly column for the Greeley Tribune called "Faith For Dummies" which features spiritual insights gathered through outdoor sports and recreation

The Musings of Great Grandma

Written by Peter M.K. Chan

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You see my child, she says, with any indirect evidence or subjective indication,repparttar agnostic has always been more sympathetic. He is that kind of a guy that is willing to entertainrepparttar 126925 possibility of almost anything as he entertainsrepparttar 126926 possibility of mermaids, winged horse, and flying carpets. Thus, even though he is also not too impressed with whatrepparttar 126927 theist claims to ‘see’, he is yet very hesitant about ruling anything out of court, that is, to assert that it is impossible for God or gods to exist. He says that one should not judge and make commitment about matters of which one is not really inrepparttar 126928 position to arbitrate.

With this, continues our great grandma,repparttar 126929 atheist is not very happy. For he still remembers very clearly that once upon a time, it was this very entertainment business (wondering aboutrepparttar 126930 possibilities of this and of that) that was to lead to that eventual leap of faith towardrepparttar 126931 direction of God and lesser spirits. Butrepparttar 126932 agnostic appears to know his facts rather clearly as well. For his reply is thatrepparttar 126933 atheist should not be ungrateful. Had there been no one to dorepparttar 126934 entertaining and performrepparttar 126935 leaping,repparttar 126936 atheist would still be looking for a job. Besides, he does not understand whyrepparttar 126937 atheist would not just wash his hands (since he is already so dead sure that theism is mistaken) and call itrepparttar 126938 day. Do you know what I am saying and see which coin to choose, child?

Why don’t we go for a walk great grandma? Before we do that my boy, says great grandma, let me tell you what great grandpa used to say. It is better, he often said, to believe inrepparttar 126939 existence of anything that may haverepparttar 126940 slightest possibility of making a difference to our lives. His reason was that if it does not exist, nothing would be lost. Onrepparttar 126941 other hand, if it turned out to be alive and kicking, so much would have been gained. Do you seerepparttar 126942 point my boy. It is always smarter not to risk losing anything at all.

Author: Peter M.K. Chan hemysteryofmind

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Author of a book titled The Mystery of Mind. It is a systematic account of the trials and tribulations of the human mind toward understanding its own realization -- a critical introduction to the philosophy of mind.

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