Why so obscure?
Why so full of doubt?
I thought your intellect would have brought clarity.
I thought your knowledge would erase all doubt.

But now I see it all so clearly.
That your obscurity comes from futility.
Futility of intellect
Futility of knowledge

In the end there is only confusion.
When one knows not what to believe
He stands the risk of believing anything
Even if it is obscurity

Thank you for reading. This poem (I don't usually write poems) was influenced by the comments left on the blog post: Are all humans bisexual? I saw some of the ruthless battles in the comments and I came to the solid conclusion: "no one knows what to believe." There are some smart people on this site. I had to look up some of the big words they were using. Yet, all that knowledge and intellect could not answer one simple question. Ladies and gentlemen we need faith. Yes I am a Christian.

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Comment by Trevauhn Grant on October 2, 2010 at 7:35pm
@Fred I'm not sure what you're attempting to say. And I don't think you addressed the crux of what i said. The problem with this world is not suffering. Nope it's not. The problem in this world is sin. Though Amida was quite noble in giving his life for suffering, it really didn't address the problem, he simply addressed the symptom. Jesus is the only one who pin points the problem and stomps it out. What's the problem with many of our world leaders: corruption and sin. What about our politicians: pride, self serving, corruption, lust, and more sin (talking about the prostitution rings). What's the problem with our religious leaders; sin. Religious leaders end up in scandals because they have allowed sin to rule their lives. Jesus' death on the cross is the single most powerfully event in world history to address this problem.

@Kris Sin is one factor that cannot be ruled out. It is the one thing we are all prone to. We have a weakness to sin. That is the reason we feel guilt when we do something wrong. Guilt is that very thing God built inside all of us to recognize that wrong we do. Of course, if you sin enough you can eventually quite that voice of guilt. If you quiet that voice, then how will you know right from wrong?

@Fred But Fred how does your words help me. How does your message improve my life. Can your words give me life? Can knowledge save me if someone has a gun to my head? Can science bring peace to this world. The bible address and answer all these things. Science/naturalism simply doesn't have the means to answer these pertinent issues. For example, who would science help our Politicians to become better politicians. The problem isn't all economical or even good leadership skills, but it's the corruption and greed in the hearts of many of those politicians (picking on politicians, because they are just so fun!).
Comment by Trevauhn Grant on October 2, 2010 at 8:04pm
@James, well give to my church. I promise that is not something we do. We give our own money and feed the neighborhood and pretty much anyone who requests it.

Secondly, one needs not be a career scientist to make claims, do research, and search for the truth.
Alright, point understood and well taken.

However, there is no justification or evidence to show that to be the truth beyond the shadow of a doubt. Actually, the very defining moment of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact of his resurrection has never been a point of argument because there is overwhelming evidence, both Christian and secular which proves his resurrection. Now if Christ is raised from the dead, then he must be everything he claimed himself to be. N.T. Wright's book on The Resurrection and the Son of God (almost 800 pages) goes into much detail. So the truth is Jesus is the Son of God, He died on the Cross, and he raised up from the dead. Bottom Line!!

As for actual answers... Bad things happen because it really is a cruel unfair world out there. Good things happen and bad things happen. It's the way things work. The world doesn't revolve around us, so we shouldn't expect a dream land life. Evil... There are bad people just as there are good people. They may be that way out of personal gain, revenge, mental disorder, etc, etc Why is the world cruel and unfair is what I'm attempting to get to. Why? There is a motivation inside each one of us to do something bad. You might say murder is bad. But if someone murders your child, it might not seem like a bad idea for you to return the favor. We are all prone to do bad. The problem why the world is so bad is sin. I know i'm harping on this all day. But it's the truth. Sin lingers in the heart of man. And we need a Savior, someone who stands outside of sin. Jesus the Son of God is the only one who still remains sinless. And he is our only help.

I only brought up the DNA thing because that is an argument Richard Dawkins uses.

I am glad you love your wife...I do too. We share something in common James. To tell you the truth, that is one of the reasons I believe God instituted marriage. So that we wouldn't run wild sleeping with everyone. For forget who start this but: there is a story in history of a man who started a freedom religion (something like that, I don't remember all the facts). Where everyone in that religion could sleep with any other man's wife. Everyone was free to sleep with whomever they pleased. But the problem arose that some people fell in love and then didn't want to sex the neighbor anymore. But the neighbor wanted some loving. And there were huge fights that began to break out. And the entire colony broke apart. Very funny story in history. I love marriage. Truly a gift from God. ehehehe :)
Comment by Mario Rodgers on October 2, 2010 at 8:15pm
Can science bring peace to this world. The bible address and answer all these things.

Holy shit dude! First of all, you've got science all wrong. Science is neutral. It only seeks to find answers. TESTABLE answers. To the physical universe. It is neither good nor evil. It simply is.

Second of all. I call bullshit on that Bible explanation. The Bible is full of war and violence, and you know it. If we're ever to achieve peace, it starts with US, with our minds and our hands. And we can start by ditching all these barbaric bronze age rules and nonsense imaginary friends that people seem so willing to kill each other over.

The problem in this world is sin

Invent the disease. Offer the cure. The perfect scam. That's religion.
Comment by Mario Rodgers on October 2, 2010 at 8:18pm
Another thing? Why the Bible? I guess everybody else's writings and books about morality subjects are wrong?

Comment by Mario Rodgers on October 2, 2010 at 8:19pm
Highlighting the tunnel vision of Christian thinking is like shooting fish in a barrel. It's really too easy.
Comment by James on October 3, 2010 at 11:02pm
@James, well give to my church. I promise that is not something we do. We give our own money and feed the neighborhood and pretty much anyone who requests it.

That's OK. I'd still trust my donations to those who I feel will do the most good with it. Do you give donations to mosques so they can help if different areas? I have my reasons for donating to secular organizations, just as you have your reasons. But we both give. Shouldn't that be the concern and not that we should give to church A or church B?

However, there is no justification or evidence to show that to be the truth beyond the shadow of a doubt. Actually, the very defining moment of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact of his resurrection has never been a point of argument because there is overwhelming evidence, both Christian and secular which proves his resurrection. Now if Christ is raised from the dead, then he must be everything he claimed himself to be. N.T. Wright's book on The Resurrection and the Son of God (almost 800 pages) goes into much detail. So the truth is Jesus is the Son of God, He died on the Cross, and he raised up from the dead. Bottom Line!!

*atomic face palm*

Seriously? You seriously think that there is anything even close to a consensus that Jesus was resurrected or even existed? Am I on candid camera?

Sorry, but no. There is no such consensus. What evidence are you claiming proves any of this. To tell you the truth, I have never hear a single piece of evidence to prove Jesus rising from the dead. If there was, don't you think I would believe a divine Jesus is real? However, no such evidence exists, so I don't. Please do enlighten us to this so called evidence.


Why is the world cruel and unfair is what I'm attempting to get to. Why?


Have you ever heard the quote that "they why question is a silly question"? You are trying to assign a purpose to everything, as if it has to have one. The world and everything in it is in competition for the resources before it. The gazelle must be fast to escape the cheetah. The cheetah must be fast to catch the gazelle. To live the gazelle must escape, but the cheetah has to live as well. Thus it also needs to catch the gazelle. In a way it's sort of like the free market in business. many individuals vying for survival, power, to be prosperous, etc. That's pretty much the best answer I can give you. If you're looking for some sort of 'we're being tested' or some mystical explanation, I suggest you look outside your comfort zone. What you may find could surprise you.

There is a motivation inside each one of us to do something bad. You might say murder is bad. But if someone murders your child, it might not seem like a bad idea for you to return the favor. We are all prone to do bad. The problem why the world is so bad is sin. I know i'm harping on this all day. But it's the truth. Sin lingers in the heart of man. And we need a Savior, someone who stands outside of sin. Jesus the Son of God is the only one who still remains sinless. And he is our only help.

You can say sin if you like. But that is only an idea constructed by man to categorize. Why would someone do such things? Why are wolfs wild and many dogs tame? Why are some dogs more tame than others? Some has to do with genetics, some upbringing as well. Some may kill for greed or revenge. Why would they do this and why would many want revenge? First, we come from ancestors who really lived a kill or be killed life at times. It's not impossible that that instinct could somehow he triggered in certain individuals. Just like a house cat. We have kittens that were born in our house and stay inside. Yet as they grow they see a bird outside and know that it's something to go after, they hunt moths and other things that get inside. Though they were never tought this in the wild as a means to survive, they still grew into knowing these practices. Also, we are a species full of emotions. Wrong us and we will have an emotional reaction.


I am glad you love your wife...I do too. We share something in common James. To tell you the truth, that is one of the reasons I believe God instituted marriage. So that we wouldn't run wild sleeping with everyone.

I'm glad you love your wife as well. But I must remind you that marriage is not inherently Christian and predates Christianity and even your God by some time. Also, the Bible is full of loose sexual relations (for men). Rape of captured women, concubines, etc, etc. Sure the picture modern churches paint on relations is much better, but they aren't rooted in the churches 'history'.
Comment by M on October 4, 2010 at 1:57pm
So, I can have faith in anything? It doesn't have to be Jesus, as long as its faith? I do have faith, yet I'm still an atheist. The things I have faith in tend to have factual backgrounds or probable outcomes that I (or others) can work hard at achieving. (And not to be snotty, but last time I checked, Jesus is still dead.)
Comment by Trevauhn Grant on October 4, 2010 at 2:02pm
@James I have never hear a single piece of evidence to prove Jesus rising from the dead. Well I'm sorry sir that you are not up on your research. I guess you can google it or something.

You are trying to assign a purpose to everything, as if it has to have one. Your very basic atomic structure has a purpose, your cells have a purpose. Your arms have a purpose and so do your legs. And if you loose either one, you'll recognize the importance of their purpose right away. Just loose a thumb and the purpose of that thumb will become shockingly apparent.

Animals do what they do by instinct. Humans on the other hand have self awareness. So when we pursue, it can be either ambicious or greedy. One is good and the other is sin.

It's not impossible that that instinct could somehow he triggered in certain individuals. James, we are not animals. We are humans. We have self awareness. We know what love is. We develop relationships. We feel broken hearted when the relationship is broken. Animals don't even mourn the death of their own young. We are nothing like them. We far surpass them. We see beauty and we experience happiness. So when a mother sells her 2 year old into sex slavery, please don't give me the bull about instinct. That is sin. And the man who takes advantage of that child unto death is evil. Stop trying to pretty it up James, please. (James #2, this is what I was talking about as the dangers of naturalism). A spade is a spade. The reason why child sex slavery feels bad in the bottom of our stomachs is because it is bad. Its evil.

@James2 I have a feeling i'm being drawn into a trap here. But I would say the original sin is DISOBEDIENCE.
Comment by Trevauhn Grant on October 4, 2010 at 2:13pm
@Fred Yes, I do love you Fred. Unfortunately love carries the burden of possibly getting your heart broken. Because often when that love is not returned it is quite difficult to deal with. And God loves you too Fred. You know why, because if only you believe and have faith in him he will give you life. Which is something Amida is unable to do. Because the thing is, Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life. He was the one who suffered and died. He was the one who addressed our disease of sin.

@Kris but how convinced do you think anyone here is going to be it doesn't really bother me if the first 500 people care nothing for what I am saying. But if there is one who is atleast curious to follow Jesus Christ and try him, then all this typing is worth it.
Comment by Trevauhn Grant on October 4, 2010 at 3:53pm
@James wait a minute now....finish the law? To fulfill something is completely different. Jesus said that not one jot will be passed away. God's words are eternal, they don't finish. Jesus did not come to abolish the law...please don't get it wrong, because that means a whole lot in the scheme of things.

In Psalm 51 David recognized his sin as being from birth. God also says that if his people are disobedient in following his law, their sins will revisit them to the third and forth generation. Third and fourth generation doesn't just mean third and fourth. What God was warning is, if the sin and disobedience to the law isn't handled properly, the sin will propogate in the generations to come. So you will find, if grand daddy had a problem with drinking, if it isn't taken care of by way of a Redeemer, that problem will pass down to his kids and eventually to you. then you will pass it on and so.

On the other hand, taking care of the sin in our lives is a personal responsibility. We cannot hold grandad accountable. The sin of Adam made us succeptable. God warned Cain saying, sin is at your door waiting. Jesus said to Peter, the devil wants to sift you like wheat, but i've prayed that your faith fail not. God has been trying to help us from the very beginning, because he wants us to get back to him. But God also opperates according to justice. And because Adam sinned justice must run its full course. Low and behold, Jesus came about and he took on the price that justice demanded. What a great sacrifice.

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