Belief in Beauty

Written on 8.25.10

To believe that all of the magnificent creation on earth has a designer seems plausible, in fact, logical. But if this God created everything, where did he come from? Believing there is a God we can trust him and leave the unexplained alone with hope of a life after death with him in heaven.

“In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.” – David Ben-Gurion

On the other hand, to believe that there is no God takes far, far greater faith than believing in a God. How could anything as small as a speck of dust or as grand as newborn babies exist without a creator? Without God (a Lawgiver) why do we have a moral conscience? Without a God what point in life is there? There are so many questions and no God to be the answer.

Without life beyond death what a hopeless existence they have to live — totally devoid of purpose. What a complete waste! The most logical reason for life then is to please oneself, but such a selfish mentality leaves them feeling worthless, guilty, bitter, and cold. Their life is wasted for lack of something better to live for.

If we believe there is no God, then there is no beauty. We have nothing to look heavenward for, just a life of unanswered questions that lead to despair and our only hope could be that of death – an end to our miserable lives – oblivion. But what basis do we even have for this ending? Only that there is no promise of anything else. It’s only another empty belief, so even death will be faced with terror because faith of it is based on nothing.

I have a great deal of faith in faith . . . I would like to believe that my father is right here with me in this room and that he’s my guardian angel, that there’s life after death – because if there isn’t, why are we here? I don’t believe that just flesh and bones can contain from the point of view of physics this very real recorded energy inside of us. Whether it’s true or not, we need to believe it.” – Patrick Swayze

If there is a God, he is a beautiful God as we can see as he saves his children from death, heals the sick, comforts the destitute, and reflects his nature in creation – his masterpieces are the lives of his children.

So we all, unavoidably, believe. What we choose to believe is our choice. So when we are faced with beauty or ugliness why don’t we choose the beautiful?

“I can well imagine the Atheist’s last words: ‘White, white! L-L-Love! My God!’ – and the deathbed leap of faith. Whereas the agnostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if  he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying, ‘Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain,’ and, to the very end, lack the imagination and miss the better story.” – Life of Pi

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