by Gerald F. Heyder

Sometimes you can’t tell one from another

     To believe or not to believe, that is the question. But who has the definitive answer?
     The question of divinity has been bugging me for quite some time, and the only solution for relief is to get something down on paper, thereby eliminating the issue out of my system.
     I don’t concern myself with being overly fanatical by nitpicking or splitting hairs. If I am guilty of doing it, it’s because I don’t realize I’m doing it. As Jesus said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do!” I take whatever comes to me, throw it in the water, and if it floats, it floats. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. It’s as simple as that. Here goes something, maybe nothing. Step on a cat’s tail and see what happens.
     We human beings are a mixed bag, a real duke’s mixture when it comes to what we will believe, or disbelieve, as the case may be. There are believers of divinity (God) and then there are disbelievers, atheists to be precise. Then there are agnostics who basically don’t believe in anything beyond the five senses. There are all types of religion, divinity-wise. There are also variations of religion which have nothing to do with divinity at all.
     There has been a long-held belief throughout history that whatever an individual truly believes in, it is his religion. A belief can be anything from the proverbial “soup to nuts”. A person can believe in something, anything, so strongly and devotedly that they believe they are right and anyone who opposes their commitment to that belief, well, that person is simply wrong. It is as simple as that!
     The greatest opponent to divinity is the no-brainer ideology of evolution. Science has pretty much relied on the premise of human existence evolving from apes rather than the theoretical version of a supreme being, or source, as being man’s introduction to life on this planet. The “Big Bang” theory is the beginning of what we know of as the inception of existence for all matter evolving into what we know as the universe being born into our encyclopedia of knowledge. Fine and dandy.
     As a byproduct of human evolution through the ages it is believed that the human race, somewhere along the line, theorized into existence the idea of a superior force, or entity, as being the creator of everything that exists as we know it. The creator, or God, was rationalized into this world because in the dark recesses of history, due to lack of scientific knowledge, the human mind had to justify by some means or method the reason or purpose for the existence of anything at all. In essence, man created God! That is the glass as being half full, or half empty, whichever half suits your fancy.
     Now we come to the other half of the glass. To play the devil’s advocate, who or what created the “Big Bang” in the first place? Even in science there is the principle known of as “cause and effect”. How can there be an effect if there is no cause to eventuate it? Can a cause simply create itself without some kind of nucleus to pull it off? The only logical conclusion is an all-knowing, all powerful source, or entity, to start the ball rolling down the alley towards the pins. Did God create man in his own image as the Bible says, or did man create God as a perception to satisfy his need for some kind of rationalization to fill a void due to lack of definitive knowledge as an answer to existence?!
     I guess many people are simply content with asking the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
     What if, theory-wise, it could be possible that the answer is a combination of divinity and evolution being the case of “Cause and Effect”? It took an “all-knowing, all-powerful” source or entity to be the cause, which in turn brought about the effect in the form of the evolutionary process. What prompted Shakespeare to say, vicariously, through Hamlet, “There are more things between Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy!”?!
     I wonder if, without realizing it, the immortal bard was saying to the world, albeit via a Freudian slip, that we are all Horatios in regard to never fully comprehending the reasons for existence. Perhaps not only in regard to us homo sapiens taking up space on this planet, but the existence of everything in existence that comprises the entire universe.
     There is an old proverb that says, “Conceit dictates knowing more than is necessary for existence and survival, but humility will serve you well and save your soul!”
     I am no college-educated “Brainiac” with a PhD in anything. I have never been convinced that’s the total answer for complete, ultimate knowledge and comprehension of anything, or everything for that matter. The more knowledge people gain, the less they know what to do with it all the right ways, for all the right reasons. Why is it with all the knowledge that exists in this day and age that’s being dispersed through higher education, crime and terrorism and all other ills in this world are more rampant than it was in past unenlightened generations? If knowledge is power, is all that power boomeranging against the human race? Could it be, as the old saying goes, “The human race is getting too big for its britches”--? (In more ways than one!).
     How effective is the mousetrap that explains to a mouse how it will get caught? It would seem logical if our Almighty Creator were the mousetrap and we humans were the mice, that would be wisdom to ponder. Perhaps to a certain extent we are mice all too often trapped in a maze of our own devices. A good teacher teaches you everything they know. It seems to me God is far more qualified to be a teacher than evolution will ever be. If there are other realms of existence with a higher life form, intelligence, etc., could we humans ascend to that plateau of existence as part of God’s evolutionary process for our future advancement, if we qualify through humility here on earth? Think about that, if you will!
     I wonder if Einstein’s theory of relativity could possibly include mind and spirit beyond the physical matter of substance? Is there a remote possibility that this is the essence of the Creator Himself? Herself? (There is no reason to be sexist about this.)
     To sum this all up in a nutshell, time is eternity and space is infinity. Perhaps the combination of both constitutes the substance of God. Many people throughout history believe that is a possibility. It is written “God moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform!” Is it not plausible that to a certain extent both time and space are necessary to accomplish that feat? That’s enough to make me a believer!
     I know some of you will disagree with my assessment you have been reading. I know you will find your share of discrepancies and flaws in what I am saying. That is to be expected. There is always pro and con, point and counterpoint to any issue presented for scrutinization. There is aye and nay to every facet and aspect of life. We are all unique in every way. It stands to reason that the Almighty would want it that way. If not, we would not be a race of human beings, we would be a race of clones! What would be the purpose of that existence?
     Whether you believe in God or not, I appreciate your time and willingness to indulge me in my recitation I have presented to you. “Ponder the message, not the messenger, for the message may be permanent but the messenger is not!” Bless you all and adieu!
     P.S> If you choose to carve up this thanksgiving turkey, have mercy and use a scalpel, not an axe! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! P.P.S. When I was in school if I would have had a teacher tell me I would be writing stuff like this some day, I’d have said, “You’re nuts!” They’d have the last laugh. “We are all grains of sand passing through the hourglass of time, but providence determines who is at the top and bottom and who is passing through in between!”