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Mortal Synapse

Author: Malcolm Bishop
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Mortal Synapse

What makes a human being..."good?" Upbringing? environment? State of mind?...God? I think it's a combination of these things. Or one or the other and a host of other variables I wont mention for the sake of time.

I would like to focus on the one variable that interests me...God. Is there a God? I believe there is.
But religion, this is something else.

What if everyone on this planet knew for a fact that there was no heaven? no hell? God? How "good" would we all be then? If there was no consequence of action, no hell? No reward for a purely "good" existence, no heaven.

Are people good only because they want to go to heaven? Are they good because they believe they will receive heaven in return? Or are they good because that is what they are?

How many purely good people are there? I would guess not many. If the thought of heaven and hell did not exist, this world would be in chaos.

I don't go to church, I don't ask for forgiveness. For what? Why would I do that when I know in the very next heartbeat I'll be doing wrong again? I want forgiveness, I would like grace but I wont move forward on that until I know I am am worthy of that, right now I am not.

Heaven is looked upon as a reward for being good, pious. But if that reward was not there, how many of us can say we would be the same person?

I hope for and seek a kind existence after death, but I want my being their to be the result of a sound and purely good one here on earth, not because I believe I'm getting something in return.

Maybe I'm already damned.

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  Good thought-provoking write and certainly asks some valid questions.
I am spiritual but not religious; I believe organized religion, using Christ as they do, is off base and goes against what he taught when he was here ~ he didn't want to be made the center of religion.
I believe forgiveness is sometimes not relative because that involves judging and I believe that relationship is between each and their higher power. What is good to one may not be to another.
I liked the questioning and
| Posted on 2005-07-05 00:00:00 | by Epiphany | [ Reply to This ]
  I am a believer in god and this has always been a repeating thought in my mind. Perhaps we are good because being good is the ingredients to being bad. It's confusing just like your poem It is an ending verse that cannot be answered. And that is what your poem is suggesting a question that has no answer. I believe there is good so there can be bad. And god is the good and perhaps the bad as well. So are we damned for being what is everything around us?
| Posted on 2005-06-24 00:00:00 | by winterdove | [ Reply to This ]
  What a deep and thought provoking write. Certainly some valid questions here. I would like to think that there are some who are good simply because they are...and not for any later rewards. But in this's "you do good because you get good back" "you give because you want" etc.. I'm not sure if that's ALL bad...the bible says to "do unto others as you'd have them do unto you". Yet, it also says to "give, expecting nothing in return".
So I do see and understand what you're saying and asking here.
A very good write. Leaves one thinking..and that's always good.
Take Care!
| Posted on 2005-05-05 00:00:00 | by Intricate1 | [ Reply to This ]

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