Faith For Dummies--Fly Fishing With Dub

Written by Ken Mowery

Years ago I lived next door torepparttar perfect neighbor. His name was Dub. He was an avid sportsman and often included me on his Saturday adventures intorepparttar 126926 woods and wilds of Northern Colorado.

Dub has since gone on to his eternal reward, but I think about him often. My favorite memories of Dub center onrepparttar 126927 occasions when we grappled with spiritual matters. He often surprised me with his well thought out answers to my many questions. He made sense out of deep and profound concepts. Dub answered questions without making a person feel dumb and embarrassed for not knowingrepparttar 126928 answer.

I discovered this one fall morning onrepparttar 126929 first of many fishing expeditions with Dub. We loaded up his old truck with fly rods, waders and tackle. By 5 AM we were rumbling toward The Poudre canyon andrepparttar 126930 great fishing spot he had told me about.

The first light of dawn sliced throughrepparttar 126931 canyon to meet us as we donned our gear and began making our way down torepparttar 126932 treasured "s" curves ofrepparttar 126933 river below. Dub stopped and pointed silently atrepparttar 126934 river. Looking down atrepparttar 126935 dark water I saw a small triangular shaped patch of light playing onrepparttar 126936 surface ofrepparttar 126937 river. The outlines of four fish were illuminated byrepparttar 126938 sudden splash of sunlight. Dub turned to me. His voice just above a whisper, "Isn't thatrepparttar 126939 perfect picture of how God works?"

"I guess I'm not sure what you mean."

"Those fish were there all along, but we didn't know it. A higher source, in this caserepparttar 126940 sun, had to do something to help us see." He looked at me to gauge my reaction. My face no doubt belied my lack of understanding. Dub persisted. "Don't you see? The truth about God is all around us, but we don't have a clue. We can't see it until God opens our eyes and then suddenly he reveals himself and we seerepparttar 126941 truth."

It was my initiation in to what I call Dub's Bible Basics for Dummies Like Me. That Saturday as we fished together standing waist deep inrepparttar 126942 frigid water ofrepparttar 126943 Cache Le Poudre River, Dub began to teach me about God and His creation. Woven intorepparttar 126944 memory of that day isrepparttar 126945 joy of catching a lot of fish and having a great deal of discussion aboutrepparttar 126946 nature of God.

At one point I asked, "Dub, are you saying that God actually reveals himself in nature?"

"Sure, its whatrepparttar 126947 theologians call general revelation."

"You'll have to explain that one, Dub."

"Its simplyrepparttar 126948 idea that a man can figure some things out about God just by looking atrepparttar 126949 things God created. The Bible puts it like this." To my surprise Dub reached into his pocket and pulled out a little book which I supposed was a Bible. He began reading. "because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For sincerepparttar 126950 creation ofrepparttar 126951 world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."

Dub putrepparttar 126952 tiny Bible back in his pocket before continuing. "Although we can't possible fathom everything about an infinite and divine being like God, it is clear that we have been given enough information about God that we have no excuse not to acknowledge Him."

The Musings of Great Grandma

Written by Peter M.K. Chan

======================================== This is a self-contained section of one of my papers titled “Theism, Atheism, and Agnosticism”. All rights reserved. Reproduction in ezines permitted provided author is informed and author’s URL is kept active. ========================================

The Musings of Great Grandma As it was in that familiar old song, says our great grandma, there are three coins inrepparttar fountain. The question is: which one will berepparttar 126925 fountain bless? The three coins I am referring to are theism, atheism, and agnosticism. Theism is an affirmative theory. Atheism is a disaffirming theory. Agnosticism, it seems to me, is a kind of ‘I don’t know’ or ‘don’t ask me’ non-theory of sorts. Which one would you choose? Our great grandma is asking her great grandchild.

Consider, says great grandma, theism offers a much bigger and more interesting package than allrepparttar 126926 rest. It has many goodies in it, consisting not only of God, but also winged angels, devils with tooth and claw, if not also lesser spiritual beings such as fairies and ghosts (this last is actually not too nice a label for departed soul, I must say). Now, for his child-like impression that more is always better than less, our great grandchild is of course naturally more impressed byrepparttar 126927 big theistic package. But he is also a bit worried about what those other not-so-nice characters might do. Don’t worry about that, says great grandma. Just be a good boy, and everything will be fine.

In contrast, continues our great grandma, atheism does not really have anything to offer. It just says that there is no God. And this niche has also been quite comfortable. Since there is neither proof nor evidence forrepparttar 126928 non-existence of anything, this disaffirming ploy is good enough to ward off those who might ask him to justify his position. Thus,repparttar 126929 only way forrepparttar 126930 theist to out-smartrepparttar 126931 atheist is to try and inviterepparttar 126932 gods or God to confront him. But so far,repparttar 126933 theist has not really been able to do anything ofrepparttar 126934 sort. All he has done is to point to some inconclusive evidence and subjective indications that he deemed to be pointing towardrepparttar 126935 possibility of such supernatural existents. But possibility as such, as we all know, is a far cry torepparttar 126936 real thing. The atheist is thus not only unimpressed, but tellsrepparttar 126937 theist straight inrepparttar 126938 face to peddle his possible goods elsewhere.

By this time,repparttar 126939 great grandchild is beginning to loose interest. This kind of dialectical analysis is just too deep for his naïve little brain. But our great grandma is also by this time already too absorbed withrepparttar 126940 intricacy of dialectics to notice that her great grand child is already loosing her. So she just rambles on in her great and grandmotherly sort of way.

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