Saturday, January 26, 2008

Does God Owe Humanity Anything: Part 2.

Mr. Steve, Dr Konde and SAF,
Thanks for the reactions. However, the quotation Mr. Steve gave me credit is not my original thought but a paraphrase from I Cor 13:12 in the Bible. True, I have never lived in this world and so cannot boast of tomorrow. That is why I live by faith. Yet my faith is as a result of the substance of things I hope for, the evidence of things I do not see. These beliefs are true due to certain considerations. Firstly, it concerns the nature of the person who made them. He neither tells lies nor breaks his promises. This again will immediately confront the claims posed by SAF who questions the authorship of the Bible. I will resolve the issue blow. Secondly, though I have not tested all these beliefs but I have tried those that could be experimented and they have been fulfilled. So I consider the rest authentic and infallible. Thirdly, the empiricism of historicity, archeology, science and life experiences of others all do confirm these beliefs are true.
Indeed like before I still agree with Dr Konde that God owes humanity something; that of preservation. Yet I do disagree with him that God owes humanity nothing because he has given him reason. The reason that God has given humanity is not finite but infinite. Thus, it’s pruned to errors and lacks full sustainability. Consequently, humanity still needs a guide. That guide must be infinite and the only Person with infinite knowledge is God himself. Thus humanity must rely on God to make wise choices. Yet this dependence is not for mankind to function instinctively but rather explore its reason to the fullest until when it experiences its elasticity limit. That means; no one should be praying for God to help them polish their shoes when they can just pick a brush and polish to do it themselves. No one should be praying for God to help them eat while they have all it takes to eat. Rather they should thank God for the meal. It is aberrational not to study but pray for God to help you pass an exam. Perhaps in this light we may say God does not owe us anything because it is hear say like SAF alleges.
But then if God does not promise us anything because what the Bible has registered is just hearsay then we do reject history too, archaeology, and science since they all authenticate the Bible as being true. If the Bible in which the promises are registered itself is true then automatically the promises are true.
In 1998 I went to Fako to conduct a survey for economic and social indicators of the South West Province. There was house number 176 in Buea Town. The house was no more there apart from the plot. The name of the owner was inscribed in the middle of the map I had. I located the land then asked a neighbor if they knew Mr. so and so. He told me he did not meet him but neighbors told him about him. They told me he was a nice gentleman and very kind. He played with everybody but he moved to Bokwango now with his family. We then drove to Bokwango and located the gentleman’s wife because he was now of blessed memory. She too narrated his life to us. In the midst of two witnesses a testimony shall be established. We could now pen down a summation of the gentleman’s life by virtue of the fact that though we did not see him but he lived, owned that piece of property and was a good man as testified by his neighbors, the property, Buea authorities (map) and the wife.
Truth does not need to be witnessed to be truth because truth does not need brothers; lies do, for truth can stand on its own. The veracity of the Bible is no more under question because historicity, science, archeology and personal testimonies all prove that the Bible is true as such, though we were not there we believe by faith that what is written in it is true. Therefore, the promises of the Bible are yes and amen.
Finally, contrary to what SAF alleges there is nowhere that the Bible says God helps those who help themselves. It is a humanistic philosophy that crept into religious milieus because it makes man the sole captain of his boat (life) and thus his own god. God helps those who need help and are helpless. Jesus authenticated that belief when he said that the doctor is not for those who are well but for the patients (Mt 9:12; Mk 2; 17; Lk 5:31). Again there is no verse that says we are our brother’s keeper. The notion is a question to Cain when God asked him about Able his brother then he replied with: "Am I my brother’s keeper” (Gen 4:9). Nonetheless, there is the concept as taught in the Good Samaritan and the two most important commandments of love God 100% and your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:37-40). If everyone cared for their brother and their brother did same then no one will feel unsafe in this world. Then no one will be lonely, poor, and oppressed in this world. Unfortunately, we do not care for our sisters and our sisters do not care for us.
These shortcomings are not the responsibilities of God since he has given you a volition and ability to care for your brother as yourself and for your sister to care for you as herself. Would you blame a doctor if their patient refused to take their medicine and died? Would you blame a lawyer if their client decides to plead guilty against their counsel? Like I said before; humanity sometimes makes wise decisions but other times it makes foolish ones. And not being our brothers and sisters keeps is one of them.

Until then, God does not owe humanity anything yet owes humanity something.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

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