This is not a discussion about any particular religion and please don't call me an idiot, again. As with everything in my life, I am forced to
approach it through my own experiences and my own beliefs. This is an effort to get YOUR input on the differences, reliance on, compatibility, or lack
thereof of the two principles.
I have a belief in a higher power. Sometimes I call him 'God.' I'm not enlightened in the way some of you are, and not so sure I WANT to be, but
that is part of the reason I am here.
A very good friend of mine, whom I love dearly is a firm believer in a 'god' that will 'take care of him' in whatever situation should arise.
During a brief conversation with him on what I feel is almost a certain upheaval in our society, his response was casual and almost flippant. "If
it's my time to go, I guess it's my time." Rather than take any measures of preparedness, and almost scorning those who do, he has put his
'faith' in the fact that his 'god' will protect him, or that his 'god' has beforehand, made the decision about whether he is meant to live or
He uses scriptures from that highly debated book that seem to instruct him to put his 'faith' in god, but seems, on this issue, to deny the one
'faith without works is dead.'
For over twenty years, I have had a terribly paranoid feeling that I would get to witness a major collapse in society. If it turns out to be just a
mental illnes, I suppose I will be ok.
My problem comes in when I try to balance a belief in a cosmic, 'higher power' that loves me and will take care of me with the possibility that this
power has told me to prepare myself and my family for contingency and that in itself is an expression of this power's love.
At least half of me fights for a 'blind faith' that the universe works itself out and that what happens will happen regardless of my input or
preparedness. The other half counters that this power is giving me a heads up so that I may be better equipped to help myself and my family in the
event of a disaster.
I feel strongly that my 'god' wants me to TRY to survive, no matter what, but then I feel as though I am not a 'faithful' person if I don't put
my trust in my 'god' to protect me.
Part of what I really appreciate about this place is the diversity of beliefs and the different levels of spiritual evolution that are accessible for
reference from or TO any of us.
I know that it may be more trouble than you are willing to go to, but if you would describe a little of your belief on the issue of 'faith versus
preparedness' I would really mean a lot to me.
For a change, there is absolutely NO ARGUMENT necessary in this thread.
HEY MODS! I really struggled with where to put this. Thank you for dumping it wherever it goes if I have exceeded the constraints of this forum.