Below is something different.
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Inevitably, our end bears witness to that which we hold to be most true. A child jumps off a roof with a cape and dies, smeared across the pavement and the city mourns. Lamenting the lost innocence, the people cry out wishing that the child knew the true state of the world, wishing that someone--anyone--had stepped in and challenged the naive, false beliefs of the wistful child with dreams of flight. Another man steps off a bridge to his doom and the city halts. Believing that it is better to die than face the toil of life, he leapt and left behind a wife, a child, and a family distraught that they never knew the scale of his sorrow; distraught that they missed the chance of reminding the man that he was beloved and dear. Each belief inevitably concludes in our actions: the chief end of our thoughts. And the city grieves recognizing the lies that cloud our judgement as each man and woman desperately attempts to pull back the wool from their own eyes; blindly grasping at neuroses felt that cannot be mended alone and so we seek help. The blind leading the blind along in a desperate, vital quest to grasp the truth so that we do not meet our end, inevitably, as a consequence of the falsehoods we thought were true and knew were not.
The man pulling the trigger in the dark alley drew back the hammer before he ever fondled the gun. He did so in strapping it to his side and walking outside. The man at the party with too much resolve hears not the loud cry, having made up his mind the moment his eyes starting roving the room over. The man who leaps in front of the speeding train and instinctively throws a child out of harms way knows not what he is doing, but chose years before that nothing more than love is worth living for. Such actions bear witness to that which man decides to believe.
And so great minds have judged the merit of a given philosophy in the character of the living it out. And the contradictions that arise from men speaking one way and behaving another prove they either lie or do not truly believe what they claim to know. Because if they truly believed, they would have behaved differently. Any claim that fear or chance shapes man's action denies the reality that every physical act is preceded by a chemical process within the house of will, the brain.
And yet we are an inconstant people who doubt and are constantly remaking our minds on every possible subject. Weakly do we believe what we claim to know and we praise this flaccid intellection as open-mindedness. For, in this here age, to know anything at all and truly believe it as truth and name it as such is suspect. We reject all knowing in praise of Socrates, thinking that claiming we know nothing at all is a wiser course than holding to any strait and narrow. Because narrowness is damnable and to believe in something so thoroughly you would die for it is unthinkable.
And those poltergeists that actually stand for something we label ignorant, close-minded, fools; claiming they must have been brain-washed as if the brain is a chainable thing and not utterly free beyond measure and free in a way that it is therefore responsible for its own actions. Instead we like to think we are merely results of our circumstance and, in thinking so, claim that no action of ours was the consequence of anything other than chance. We would rather name ourselves slaves to fate and escape culpability than face the harsh reality that our actions are a direct consequence of what we choose to believe, because such freedom would require us to actually take a stand and claim to believe something.
And some do stand and proclaim despite this culture. They proclaim competing claims and the world shudders, realizing peace is not an attainable thing unless everyone believed the same thing and, doubting any absolute truth, they believe peace is not then possible and, denying absolute truth, they blame war on strongly held belief in general rather than acknowledging the real contradictions of competing truth claims, all the while denying any real consequences born of our beliefs.
And I cannot speak for any system of belief other than the one that I have chosen, standing within it close-minded (or shall I say guarded). But I can give you a key to evaluating whether or not what my camp claims to know is really believed and consequently evidenced in our actions.
We believe that all things are not as they should be. We believe that all that is is but the remnant glory of something made to be beautiful and good, now broken and broken by the choice each and every person makes to believe or not believe (such belief not judged by its profession but by the consequences it bears on the lives of those who truly know it and life it out). We believe that this choice of belief has consequences; that true knowledge results in love and false knowledge results in despair and that we were meant for love, which is only fully arrived at in true belief and that our ability to choose what we believe is the single greatest gift to humanity.
We believe we have the freedom to choose our own destiny in the mind's ability to believe or not believe and that this freedom is far greater than the slavery of an imposed belief. This freedom meaning we are responsible for our choices (for if belief was imposed upon the mind, we would not be responsible for our actions).
What's more we believe that the consequences of any false beliefs are actions that damn us (having demonstrated we are responsible for our actions in choosing what we believe to be true). We likewise believe that we were not meant for damnation, nor the world for despair, but all fell short in denying the truth and all are therefore worthy of destruction (having perverted a perfect world in every individual choice to not believe in the truth).
And yet, the origin of all things and the giver of freedom has a nature so defined by love that he instinctively created a way to spare our destruction if we would but choose to believe the truth again. And now it truly is as simple as choosing to believe. The rest follows inevitably.
And we believe that this first mover is beyond our understanding and thus un-nameable, refusing to describe himself in any way other than I AM. And all he asks of you (asking, not imposing) is that you believe HE IS. And if you need further explanation of how it is that you can once again be whole despite your past denial of the truth of who HE IS you can look to the person of Christ, who bore your inevitable destruction upon himself mysteriously and yet conquered the reality of destruction in coming back to life.
He who is named also the WORD; being a revelation of the unknowable one to us in his physical body just as it is through the medium of language that we communicate truth to one another. And if you need further explanation, you can turn to the words which have been recorded in such a worthy volume that it was merely referred to as 'biblio' (meaning the book) when Latin was spoken as a living language and has since been transliteration as "The Bible" in our current tongue.
And if this is not enough explanation, you may fill the rest of your days with peering into the mysteries that are gradually revealed through the simple choice to believe in what is true (our focus resting on the truth, it comes gradually into greater focus). And we that set our eyes upon this and truly believe inevitably respond with Love.
For, if we believe all will be destroyed who do not believe this (as a result of their choice to not believe) and still love, we cannot suffer you to live in despair. Instead, we desperately desire that you too would believe and reap the consequences of that choice and so we cannot not share this truth.
And if we do not share this truth shamelessly, it is because our own belief is weak (not truly believing you will be damned without hearing this message) and you should judge us as liars or those who do not care overmuch for your future.
If we do not share the truth, we do not follow after the natural order. We see the child leaping off the roof and do not scream out; we see the man stepping of the bridge and look away; we see your blindness and let you die blind; we see the child in front of a train and do not, instinctively, leap to save the doomed and by our inaction it is clear that we do not really believe what we claim: that all are worthy of destruction without believing in Christ.
On behalf of my tribe (the remnant that truly believes, not the mob that claims to), I shout the truth. We would have you understand and see as we see. We would have you freely choose to believe and be free.