Matt and I went to college together. He was the best man in my wedding. We talk frequently and email all the time. We know each other.
We also both love our families very much. In fact, both our families include a mom, a dad, a daughter, and a son.
We both give to charity. We both believe that science has made the world a better place by revealing truths of the natural world. We both think capitalism is the best economic system. We both think Christianity provides a pretty good moral code to live by; we both think religion has been used as a tool to cause much suffering on the planet; we both think the Bible is a collection of writings by faithful followers of the Judaism.
One of the very few differences in our demographic statistics is that I believe in God, and Matt does not believe in God because Matt knows that God does not exists. But the question is: So what? What difference does my fidelity to and trust in God matter since we are so similar in so many ways?
Investigating the Sermon on the Mount may have revealed a difference. Here is the verse we were talking about, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” My take on this is that it is a truism that it is risky to vest your security in your preparation in the world. Matt’s take on it was that it was an outdated reflection of an uncertain world that no longer exists–or at least has to exist for guys like me and Matt and everyone who reads blogs.
Wealth and job security, and even loved ones and health, can be easily taken away from us. Of course, we should be responsible with our finances and relationships and our bodies because there is no reason to make problems. But, the most secure way to live, is to trust in something more than us. The most secure way to live is to trust in a universal goods. To have a faith in the God, or Karma, or the cosmos. Not only is it a faith in something that cannot be taken away: it allows us to fully and fearlessly experience our world that includes wealth and family and health.
Okay, I would really like to hear your thoughts on this. Is this crazy mumbo jumbo? Have I crossed the line into the fanatic? Come on, let me have it.