cause versus reason

So I have struggled a lot with faith. With the existance of a higher power. I’ve had doubts for a long time – almost as long as I can remember. I remember being in Sunday school at about the age of 8, and thinking that I didn’t believe a word I was being taught. I am definitely not an organized religion person.

My issue is this: I can’t believe in an interventionist sort of higher power. I do not believe that there is a higher power with a plan for me, or that it is “God’s will” that events happen in life. I do not believe that pregnancy happens in “God’s time”. I can’t. There must be free choice, free will, and biology involved.

I can’t believe in a higher power that plans for devastating, horrible events. Like earthquakes – clearly those are not God planned. Like famine. Like tsunamis. Like war. Like poverty.

I think there is a cause for everything. There is a cause for car accidents. There is a cause for hurricanes. There is a cause for everything good or bad in life, even if it is a series of actions or events, or even if we have trouble identifying the cause.

I don’t think there is a reason for everything. There is no reason for horrible things to happen to people. None. That’s not to say we don’t learn from tragedy (or from joy). If lessons are the reason, I give them all back.

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~ by Larisa on June 25, 2005.

3 Responses to “cause versus reason”

  1. I struggle with faith too. There have been so many people to say to me, “it’s God’s plan,” “it will happen in God’s time,” etc. I really have a hard time accepting that notion.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me yesterday. I’ve been reading you for a while now. I hope you’re July RE appt. comes fast and goes well.

  2. I struggle with faith too. There have been so many people to say to me, “it’s God’s plan,” “it will happen in God’s time,” etc. I really have a hard time accepting that notion.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me yesterday. I’ve been reading you for a while now. I hope you’re July RE appt. comes fast and goes well.

  3. Mrs. Hope…
    You are so cool- Can we be cyber IF-BFF??? đŸ˜‰
    I’m a Mormon existentialist (and yes, I *do* have arguments with myself allll the time). So I agree with you that everything has a cause and a reaction, and that the tragedies of our lives aren’t “given” to us. Rather, we experience them and what we learn (or don’t learn) is up to us.
    I don’t believe in fate. I think God has given us free agency to choose how we will live our lives.
    Infertility is not given of God. It’s a disease- like cancer or diabeties.. it’s a question of genetics, and as surely I as believe God does not GIVE people cancer, neither can I believe that He wants me to be childless.
    Wow.
    Sorry to hijack your blog there.
    Carry on!
    -D.

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