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Monday, January 28, 2013

Daily Musing - January 28th, 2013 - Defiance - 蔑視 - Mièshì

Defiance - 蔑視 - Mièshì

Designed to dissolve doubt,
Faith cannot exist
unless we are allowed to defy God.
Without choice, there can be no devotion.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao   

Many rebels and freethinkers throughout history have chosen to defy their gods. Without this option, there could be no true devotion to a holy concept. Devotion must come from a conscious choice to believe, to follow a certain path even while acknowledging the difficulties of doing so. Choosing to be devout is good. Choosing to defy God is also good, for it reaffirms our human ability to make choices. We cannot support a religion which say that there are no choices.

Some religions claim a monopoly on the metaphysical. This kind of totalitarianism stifles our all-too-human concept of freedom. It is not acceptable to have a religion where the only alternative to faith is punishment. Spirituality is infinitely greater where it is allowed the greatest freedom to grow. If we suffer from difficulties on our path, this is not holy retribution, and it should not allow us to pose debilitating questions to our overall purpose in life. Struggling to reconcile one's faith with the world is way to achieve growth, not a furtherance of decay.

If you endure a crisis in life, it may well challenge your faith. You may respond bitterly, crying out to your god: How have you permitted this to happen to me, your faithful follower? 

Gods are not your parents or protectors. You may wish them to watch over you, to make your choices to alleviate some of the intense pressures in life. If they did this, though, how could you become a better person? God's creation symbolizes the inherent choice in this existence. It is secondary whether we have chosen belief or defiance. The most precious is that we realize we have always been able to choose.