On another forum, a discussion has centered on the belief (or lack thereof) in the existence of god.
A believer, “Zechariah”, I thought offered a pretty good argument as to why it makes sense to believe. When asked the question “Where did god come from,” Zechariah said
Basically the answer is it's beyond our comprehension as a lot of things are but we know its true.
Man cannot comprehend infinity though he knows it exists. He can’t comprehend that space has no end. If man could somehow travel to what he believes is the deepest recesses of space perhaps he will find a brick wall there. What is he going to wonder? How thick is the wall and what’s on the other side of that. The same is true of time. Though man is well aware there was no beginning to time and no end it has to be true.
I’ve never thought of it that way before. Space and time are both known elements of "reality" but, like god, are difficult to understand, explain, or ever fully know. Also, they, like "god" are both thought to be eternal and infinite – without beginning or end.
The non-believers/atheists of the board came out in full force to counter Zechariah's post, of course, but I thought he (?) made a good point. Personally, I seriously question the existence of god but I’m not so certain as to say that such a being absolutely, categorically does not exist. I'm just at the point where, based on what I've personally come to see and know, I choose not to believe.
The discussion on that forum meshed nicely with an email that my sister sent just yesterday. It’s a quote from a book (The Vanished Man – Jeffrey Deaver) that she’s reading were one of the characters says
I’m not sure there is much reality. Isn’t most of our lives illusion? Everything in the past is memory. Everything in the future is imagination. Those are both illusions-memories are unreliable and we just speculate about the future. The only thing that’s completely real is this one instant of the present—and that’s constantly changing. Most of life is illusory.
So much of what we “know” hinges on simple faith or belief -- and so much of that is transitory. As Zechariah said in the aforementioned debate, belief is simply a matter of choosing to do so, as is the choice NOT to believe. In the end and either way, isn’t it all a matter of illusion?