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Three Options (+ Homework)

Here's the way I see it. We basically have three options in life. I'll use the old "door number _" trope, so please bear with me for a moment.


Door Number 1. If you are the kind of person who thinks things are more or less what they seem, that "science has basically figured everything out" or, if it hasn't, it surely will some day, this door might be the one you're tempted to take. You don't like surprises. You don't even really believe they exist most likely. You are very pragmatic, calculating, rational. You believe it if you can see it, and any supernatural or paranormal claims don't particularly interest you because it's only a matter of time before the proofs emerge that will make such mysteries vanish into thin air.


Door Number 2. This door is particularly tempting to those who believe that everything is superficial. Life has no meaning. Nothing really means anything at all. Things just happen. Maybe it's all a dream, or a simulation, or a cosmic glitch. There is no God. No hope. No purpose to anything. There is no "there" there. Any desire for or belief in a life beyond death, a blissful eternal realm of beatitude is nothing but wishful thinking.


Door Number 3. Ah, but then there's this door. This door is for those who can't unsee what they've seen, no matter how much the naysayers try to get them down. And what they've seen is not something one could ever "see" with fleshy eyes alone. It's the door beckoning to those who agree in their hearts with Hamlet when he says in Act I, Scene V: "There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Those who take Door Number 1 tend to believe that there are the same number of things in heaven and earth. Door Number 2's takers believe there are fewer things in "heaven" (which they don't really believe exists) than there are in earth (this tangible existence which, stripped of any cosmic or eternal telos or end is ultimately meaningless). Those who choose Door Number 3 believe that this entire universe and everything that has ever been or will ever be in it are signs. Sacraments. Creation is created by a Creator who leaves His fingerprints everywhere. EVERYTHING means SOMETHING!


So here's what I'd like you to do. Stop reading this, and go buy a copy of one of the greatest books I've ever read - the late Tom Howard's Chance or the Dance? A Critique of Modern Secularism. You won't regret it! Here's a link: https://ignatius.com/chance-or-the-dance-2nd-edition-cod2p/

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