I have no religion unless you count golf where I’ve been known to use the name of the Lord rather loudly and always in vain. (That’s meant to be a joke, folks, hold the hate mail).
Frankly, I can’t get my head around either the ‘God Created The World In Seven Days’ concept, which seems like a fantastical bedtime story to me or ‘The Big Bang Theory’, which, while scientifically supportable, is beyond the imagining of my tiny mind. When you talk about an ever-expanding universe (that will one day shrink back to nothing) and string theories and the bending of space and time, it’s my brain that bends. I mean who among us has any real idea how far 46 billion light years (apparently the current size of our universe) might be?
When I was about nine years of age I came to the realisation that I would never know what was beyond our universe. This was scary for a while but I eventually found peace with the limitations of my comprehension,
I’m now older, wiser and fairly well read, but even today whenever I hear about the expanding universe, my first question still is: Expanding into what?
By any measure both explanations of Earth’s birth involve miracles: One supported by solid science and the other largely by the written (and translated) words of some well-meaning believers. After all, there is no Gospel according to Jesus.
I’m only taking about Christian belief here because it’s Easter and I’m working towards a point I want to make.
Regardless of what you might believe about the origins of life on Earth it’s hard to argue against that reality that the future of this planet today lies pretty much in the hands of science. While political powers around the world don’t seem to have grasped this reality yet, I believe a more enlightened attitude will prevail eventually — hopefully not after all else has failed.
However, as the creation of nuclear weaponry and other evil methods of mass destruction have proven, not all science is good science.
So let’s talk about the battle between good and evil that seems to be the basis of most religion.
At the risk of over-simplifying and perhaps offending some people I’ve always thought of religions as isms based on superstition and well-intended parables designed to convey the concept of good triumphing over evil. Albeit that threatening children with the purgatory seems somewhat less than well intended.
So let me invent a parable of my own.
If you drop a D from Devil you get evil. Drop an O from Good and you get God. That leaves you with letters to create the word DO. Which, conveniently, is the first word of the Golden Rule attributed to Jesus that I’ll paraphrase as: ‘DO for others what you’d like them to do for you.’
And those, my friends, are words we can all live by.