“Faith is the confidence that
what we hope for will actually happen;
it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Bible, Hebrews 11:1.
This entry was started on 23 August 2003, after the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, but I just never got around to finishing it, until now.
The UN headquarters in Baghdad was bombed two days ago. Shortly after that, a suicide bomb exploded in Jerusalem. Not long before that, the Jordanian embassy was bombed, again, with many casualties. Once again, many innocent lives were lost due to the ideals of the few. At the end of all this, US becomes isolated in playing the role of international policeman.
What exactly can we read from all this?
Came across this quote in one of the churches in Montreal.
“Unless prayer arises from the heart which must be at its very core, it is no more than an idle dream, for prayer must flow into our words, our thoughts and out actions.”
Tomorrow is Easter. For me, Easter is not just time to reflect upon what Christ has done. It is also a time to think about how mankind can live in harmony, without prejudices and without inadvertently destroying mother Earth in the meantime.
In Christianity, the God of the New Statement, unlike the God of the Old Testament, seems to be characterised by love and compassion. Here is a quote on love for ourselves.
“What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.”
Recently, increasingly disturbed by the notion of truth, and the “how things REALLY happened” concept.
Judging from what I see in the news, whatever opinions declared by the local government here are instantly deemed to be the law and “truth set in stone”. On the other hand, both US and British administration are in deep trouble because of information-manipulation prior to the Iraq war, and the subsequent mis-handling of information flow. With meaning of events changing so rapidly, is it a wonder that one loses faith in the sources of such, official and therefore controlled, information?
These events, combined with, as an example, questions raised in the Matrix trilogy, and the intriguing novels I have read recently, really make me stop and think: how can I be so sure of the history I have learnt till now? It seems that if many of the current events can have multiple interpretations, could it not have taken place in the past? Can we then still have so much faith in what is in our history books? After all, that is only ONE version of what happened, not necessarily how it happened!?