The randomness of science or the mysteries of god?

I often heard in my “Bible-belt” culture of East Texas claim that god works in mysterious ways. That phrase became taboo over the years, even in Christian circles, because apparently there is nothing mysterious about god, because everything he does is promised in black and white ink (some red for you red-letter edition folks) in the Holy Bible. So, no surprises here apparently with the Christians. However, as my beliefs began to evolve into what they are now I started appreciating the randomness of science.

That may sound a little confusing, so let me try and clear it up. I don’t know if you have ever heard the phrase, “science only comes so far, then there’s god”. Well, that idea is this premise that because things happen that we cannot explain with science (which I would argue the facts are closer to being not consistently 100% certain, then that science cannot explain something at all), this leads to the “obvious” conclusion that this is proof of a supernatural being. I want you to consider for a moment that while this idea works rather comfortably for scenarios such as “I got the job, even when there were 100 other applicants, that must have been god”, or “Yes! that parking spot opened up close to the door, and I am in a really big hurry, god knows what he is doing…”. On the other hand, sometimes we see things like a child contracting a rare illness, and dying. Or, we see a perfectly healthy individual with a promising future die suddenly from some tragic event. You see, I know that these rare events happen to the best people, but did you know they happen to the worst people as well? Guess what else? Good things happen to bad people, and good things happen to good people. I am an analytical, statistics kind of guy. I struggle with anxieties, and I often happen to casually look at the risk of contracting the flu for any given week during the peaks of the season, for an example. This is not healthy, and I do not recommend it, but it is something I do. The thing is, there is a sort of peace in knowing that there “ain’t shit I can do about it”, instead of thinking that there is some supernatural god in the sky that may or may not help me depending on my service, and worth to this god. Christians want you to believe that there is peace in knowing that in the midst of the chaos god has it all under control. Excuse me, but if this is “under control”, I don’t want to see “out of control”. The reality is, things are not “under control”. “Shit happens” is a much better analysis of life, and to me that gives much more proof to the randomness of science (which I do not find challenging), then to the mysteries of god.

For the truth,

The godless Pastor

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Be selective of your f****

Be selective of your fucks.

Seriously, apparently a woman is born with only a certain number of eggs. Well, I swear we are all born with only a certain amount of fucks, and when we waste it on dumb shit, we are wasting our fucks. So, be selective. Don’t give a fuck about everything that comes across your Facebook news feed. Lady at the drive-thru forget to give you a fork with your salad? Drive your happy ass back around and ask for it nicely, don’t get all pissed off! Or, you could go park and get your lazy ass out of your seat and go in and get one. Who knows? You may run into a future job opportunity by holding a door open for someone on your way into the restaurant.

Religion gives too many fucks.

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Take the book above, for an example. This book, from renowned Fox News, Trump doting Southern Baptist Convention “Pastor” of First Baptist Dallas in Dallas, Texas. In this book, Robert recounts an interview he did with Bill O’Reilly where O’Reilly was asking him about how we should treat Muslims. Jeffress goes on to suggest that “Well, you have to tell the truth…And the truth is that Islam is a false religion, built on a false book, written by a false prophet…”. Nearly every religion, especially the three major religions make this same deceleration about the other ones,”There’s only this way to get to heaven, and all other ideas are false”. Religious beliefs require you to believe what a person should do in the privacy of their homes, how they pray, in what direction they pray, what type of clothes they wear, whether they should have positions of authority based on gender, who they should love, how we should treat other species, and how we should treat others. In everyone of those religious text that I have read there are both positive and abhorrently negative things suggested about how we should treat our neighbors. Typically the more progressive, liberal people of those religions love to lean on those verses to suggest that those of us who read those nasty verses are either taking it out of context, or we are not understanding that times have changed and the meaning behind various religious scriptures can change with those times. Now, fundamentalist will scream at the top of their lungs that this is heretical, and that they are leading them astray. Quite frankly, scripture itself will declare this same thing. “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,” (2Ti 4:3 ESV), this verse in 2 Timothy in the New Testament of the Christian Bible suggest that as times change, beliefs will change, but scripture never will. Read it in it’s entirety, not just the sunshine verses. Tell me that you do not come to the same conclusion. You literally have to have blinders on to avoid those extremely judgmental, too many fucks given verses. I applaud those who choose to put blinders on, or intentionally ignore those scriptures. They are, after all, primitive beliefs. I give a fuck about this because others continue to use their religion to give too many fucks about how other people live and love. I believe that is a worthy thing to give a fuck about.

Society gives too many fucks.

The secular world is not immune to this epidemic of giving too many fucks. Society also gives way too many fucks about what everyone else is doing. To some extent I certainly understand the need to give a fuck about others, especially when their decision can personally effect your own life. Simple example of this would be people driving on the correct side of the road, and driving responsibly. A choice for them to drive irresponsibly could end up drastically changing your life, or someone you care about. So, I get it. However, we all need to step back every now and then and take an honest introspective approach and ask ourselves whether or not what we spend our time on is worth our fucks. Maybe it’s a draining relationship that you have been allowing to act like a cancer on your emotions and sanity. Maybe it’s a job that has been draining every ounce of you, and that you absolutely hate. Jobs are a difficult task because every job will have something you hate. Yet, if you haven’t even attempted to change your job by putting some resumes out there then you cannot really complain about where you are at. You are NOT a tree, move if you want to.

In conclusion, stop giving so many fucks. I have spent the majority of the past three years giving too many fucks. It causes a TON of anxiety and depression. DO NOT DO IT! Stop giving a fuck, and get your ass up and get moving! If scripture had one thing right, it is that we have gotten to, and really always have been a people that preferred to hear a good lie, over a horrible truth. We generally always need the horrible truth over the beautiful lie. You didn’t like that approach? Well, guess what? I do not give a fuck.

The godless Pastor,

Billy J. Crocker