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An essay contributed by Bill McKeen

Part 2: Theological Musing: My Search for Truth

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This series of theological musings is continued from the previous essay.

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19. Phantom Music:

It was closing time at the Church where I worked part time. The church organist and I were walking together in the enclosed walkway between two buildings. I thought I could hear music, which was surprising because I am severely hearing impaired. I looked at him and inquired, he said he could hear it as well. I said," There must be someone rehearsing in one of the other rooms". He replied, " No, there is nobody else in the buildings. We just looked at each other
perplexed and moved on.

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20. Quantum:

Quantum logic with its double slit experiment has proved that with observation and focus you can increase the probability of making a thing happen. Prayer falls into that category. However, by focusing on the one you lose sight of the other. For example, focus on the tree you lose sight of the forest. Focus on the forest you lose sight of the tree. An even better example, focus on God you lose sight of reality. Focus on reality you lose sight of God. The extreme differential of the latter example can be found in the writings of both C.S. Lewis and A.Schopenhauer. The following is but a small sample.

  • A.Schopenhauer: "Nature is indifferent to the destruction of the individual, but careful to ensure the maintenance of the species"

  • C.S. Lewis: "You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."

  • A. Schopenhauer: "One cannot serve two masters, so it must be either reason or Holy Scripture.

  • C.S.Lewis: "Free will, though it makes evil possible, is the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having."

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21. Paradox:

Without God, Satan would not be known.
Without Satan, God would not be known.
With two together there is something.
With one alone there would be nothing.

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22. The Road to Damascus:

Many biblical scholars believe the Pauline Epistles predated the four Gospels. Why did the apostle Paul, the nearest contemporary of Jesus, always speak to the spirit of the word and not sometimes to the letter of the word? The Epistles and early letters makes no mention of extraordinary events in the life of Jesus, nor is there any reference to his words, prayers and parables.

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23. Holy Bible:

In the letter of the Word I stumble. In the spirit of the Word I glide.

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24. The Gift of Faith:

Born again Christian. Simple, narrow minded and free. "My yoke is easy, my burden is light".

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25. In The Circle:

As the building monitor, I had just completed my rounds locking down the Church for the night. The main event for that evenings was a contemporary service biased towards the younger crowd. Doors locked, lights out, I entered the parking lot and saw a group of young college students in a circle with heads bowed and arms around each other. Obviously in prayer. 1 This sight made a indelible impression on me.

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26. Prayer:

Things of the "Here and Now" can not be changed. God and his laws of nature are at work; but for things far and away the Holy Spirit will work its magic. Make your petition and plant your seed. Set your sail in the direction you want and wait. More times than not, God's grace will come unto thee.

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Without confinement, pain, or suffering how can we grow spiritually? This is the price we pay. Some more, some less. As in nature we have no control over our destiny. Our seed is planted where it is planted. Along with all living species we are here primarily for the purpose of procreation and the life of the soul. In regards to the afterlife and the soul, we have little to go on except for the testimonials appearing on the "IANDS" web site of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. 3 They describe first-hand accounts of people who have had a near death experience. (NDE). Do not dismiss this information source lightly. I believe that all of our sins will be acknowledged and with very few exceptions, eventually forgiven. The greatest of all sins lies in the hurt we have caused to others and how it is we made them feel.


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(For further clarification of this essay please see both notes #2 and #3.)
  1. If any of the written material above looks familiar then it is coincidental. ("except where noted") I believe that there is nothing in this world that has not been said before in one way or another. Still, I like to think that everyone has a different stoke when it comes to using the same paint brush.
  2. In reference entry #14 Koan, it was not given to me in the sense of a Zen master imparting it to one of his student but due to happenstance. At a young age in 1954, I was studying the electrical theory of Ohms Law, one morning and most of the afternoon. Despite the all-day focus, intensity and effort I just could not get or understand it! It was totally frustrating! Then suddenly, without warning I was hit with total enlightenment. Creating the awareness of the the two great forces of nature. (Resulting in entry #16 "Mystical Experience") And without logic, rhyme or reason it also gave to me the "absolute sense knowing" that THERE IS REALLY IS A GOD!
  3. The International Association For Near-Death Studies (IANDS) Site Directory is at: https://www.near-death.com/

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