Morgan Freeman, God, and Angry Readers by Mary E. Latela, May 16, 2016
A Huffington Post staff writer, Antonia Blumburg, introduces the reader to a television series about God, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-story-of-god-with-morgan-freeman-miracles_us
Morgan Freeman is an actor, quite a good actor. Actors take on something of the role which they are playing. Who would dislike that smooth, calm, authoritative voice? For the record, Freeman believes that God exists, everywhere in everything. When asked about a life-threatening illness of his youth, from which he fully recovered, he won’t say whether that was a miracle or a fortunate combination of random acts
Remember when Morgan Freeman acted in “Driving Miss Daisy”? He was a driver, friendly yet very much aware of boundaries and etiquette. I thought it might be nice to have someone to drive me around, and occasionally bring me a cup of tea.
What I focus on today are the comments from the peanut gallery.
One fellow claimed, ” If you believe that god exists – then he does. For me, it’s an indoctrinated placebo with a side order of confirmation bias, and/or an emotional choice to fill a “gap” of some variety.”
No, that’s wrong. Believing does not make something real. Are you 3 years old?” First fellow asks El Bobo, why the need for a snarky put-down? El Bobo, not knowing when to stop, completes the thought with “Because that kind of ridiculous “argument” is pernicious and annoying.” Pernicious AND annoying?
Need a sedative? Next reader claims: theism is a sedative for an anxious mind; a guard against fear and randomness. It makes perfect sense even as it makes no sense. That’s the only way I can understand the millions of people who forego reason in an attempt to apply the mythology of ancient texts to modern life.
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” Epicurus
Someone recognizes the quote: “That is always a timeless quote. No wonder the Church banned his writings. We`re just fortunate that some did survive including this quote.”
JR states firmly: God creates all that could possibly be, the infinite multiverse, proving (and consuming) that infinite power. Being comprehensive, some of that Creation necessarily contains evil, so time exists, during which primordial imperfection is progressively reduced, mitigating the malevolence. We are part of that process, the means by which God improves the universe(s)”. It think this means that the world is a mess, but it could get better.
The final speaker concludes “Maybe it is time to realize it doesn’t matter if there is a God. God is the only concept worthy of humanities intellectual capacity. We must evolve through “natural selection” away from inordinate pride, greed and lust toward the best traits of our human nature – Courage, Justice, Moderation and Wisdom.”
Kudos follow: you are correct sir. I wish more people had your perspective.
etc adds: You forgot love and compassion.
“But the question of “Why me?” isn’t an unreasonable one, especially for those who have survived near-death experiences or recovered from extreme trauma.Neither is the question of “Why NOT me?”
From “Are you kidding?” – Unicorns exist, too: I’ve seen one. It was huge, with wrinkly gray skin, a long and surprisingly flexible horn, ears much larger than I expected and four thick, stumpy legs. But it was a unicorn. I just define it differently for you all.
Similarly, like Freeman, you can certainly argue that God exists if you choose to redefine God” as the force of the human mind, or as a subjectively realized yearning for transcendence, or what we choose to call amazing coincidences. None of this is “God” in the conventional monotheistic sense, however.
Enough! The problem with the term “god” is that it is a verb desguised as a noun. Nouns are about distinctiveness, separation. Verbs connect. If you know God is actually you, the truest you, constantly trying to instruct and merge with the you you think you are…Well, the conclusion is obvious.
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