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No one lives in a ‘godless’ vacuum

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From page A8 | February 05, 2013 |

Harry Short asks for proof of God’s existence (Jan. 27, “Organized Religion? No gods for this guy”) but where is his proof that organized religion is as dangerous as organized crime? Or that the religions that get the biggest crowds are the ones that (only) offer entertainment and the promise of an afterlife?

Most of the churches that attract the biggest crowds are the ones providing the greatest help to people in the community. What is his proof that there is no afterlife? I don’t know what the proof is for Father Time and Mother Nature, but even Darwin himself disavowed some of his previous “truths.”

Proof of God’s existence is something individuals must discover for themselves. Years ago, I joined a church in Fairfield because it reached out to help the community, with programs like The Leaven. While attending there, I was encouraged to pursue a relationship with God on a personal level, through regular reading of the Bible and following its teachings; especially the example of Jesus Christ. During this process, the God of the universe has responded by answering my prayers and taking care of me in innumerable ways. This is my proof of his existence.

No one lives in a “godless” vacuum. People who deny the existence of God, our creator, have plenty of other “gods” that control their lives. Quite often they elevate themselves to that position, claiming, “I’ll do it my way.” The rise in crime seems to be in adverse proportion to the removal of God and the Bible from the public arena and daily life.

I hope and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14) that God will forgive us and deliver us from the consequences of disregarding him that is now overtaking us.

Barbara Pelascini

Fairfield

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 05, 2013 - 6:57 am

    It is great that you find solace in your beliefs and you should continue doing so as long as it doesn't negatively affect or hurt anyone else. We can look at history and see the horrific crimes done in the “name of the lord” and they continue to this day world-wide. Even bad guys can go to church and believe in a god if they choose so that silly argument about removing god doesn’t wash. Even if you could “remove” such a powerful entity from one place, it certainly could appear in another. Where was your god during that day in Newtown, on those many occasions where children were abused in “his house,” or other tragedies and events? Weren’t they covered under your prayer requests? Yes, god will continue providing you and everyone else the same attention he always has. Meanwhile, I’ll take my chances and continue doing things “my way.”

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  • cliff bensonFebruary 05, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Like CD, I too will take my chances by following common sense and my own experiences. Faith in a god is very personal...and should remain as such..and never forced on any individual or "public" arena.

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  • ter666February 05, 2013 - 9:30 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with CD and CB. It amazes me how much time and resources are wasted on the silly notion.

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  • Rocky GracianoFebruary 05, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    There are many like myself whom are content, humble, satisfied & happy with life, & enjoying it's many wonders. Eons ago, the only answers to the frightening phenomena of earthquakes, thunder storms, etc., or even the natural beauty of things, were attributed to deities, spirits, demons, & gods. Today, we have many of the answers. We still search for the answers & truths using the best form of investigation: The Scientific Method. For those who "want to believe" they have the final answer, there is "religion". For those who "want to know" the answer[s], there is the Scientific Method; because the answers still wait to be found.I, & those like myself, don't "deny" the existence of your particular god, or any god for that matter. There is no actual reason to believe god[s] exist (besides the lack of evidence there of). Each passing day, religion looses is credibility as new discoveries & answers are found; we draw closer & closer to the truth. Religion, as it turns, will soon just be a chapter in human history. Religion is not a public matter; It's private & should remain that way.

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