There seems to be reward cards for everything these days. Go to the grocery store and flash a card for better deals. Flash a card at your child’s hairstylist and get a free haircut. Hell these days there are even signs that say “scan your Belly” for better deals. A plastic card proves your loyalty to some. What if we had loyalty cards for other things in life and were rewarded by them in the same way. Maybe we could have spouse reward cards. “Hey babe I took out the trash so can I be rewarded with that kiss now? I have a card”.
What would a faith reward card look like? Maybe a bible would serve as a rewards card. You read the bible and follow it’s teachings and the reward is endless. I like that concept. I think everyone needs faith in their life. I have been accused of being an atheist because I don’t carry on much about what I believe or have faith in. I am not an atheist but I’m not exactly a Christian either. I believe in God but I rarely speak of it. Faith will get you through. Faith is the belief that things will be okay because forces we do not understand will sometimes help make sure all is good. Having faith is not good enough. I think you have to earn faith reward points by living a good moral life. Good behavior sometimes brings good things. The best part is that the harder you try to live a kind life the easier it is to do so. The kind life is infectious. If only one out of fifty people you treat with kindness turn around and do the same to one another because of the way you treated them then that is reward enough. If you have faith that all will be okay then it is easy to be kind because you know that your actions reward others.
I have faith in God. I have faith that if I live a good life I will be rewarded down the road. But I don’t try to live a good life for the sake of rewards. Living life for reward cheapens your actions. Live a good life because it is part of the very fiber of your being to help others and raise their spirit. Faith that all will be okay if you are kind will make it easy to forgive when the need arises. When you understand that you can’t change others but you don’t have to let them change you that is powerful. I believe faith gives us power to overcome. Faith will find funny or rainbows in the darkest day. When you love everyone and have blind faith you may face ridicule but that is only because some folks just don’t understand that faith is personal and does not mean the same thing to every person.
Have faith. Have faith in your own way. If it comes from the Bible great. If it come from church great. As long as it enriches your life and gets you through while at the same time helping others from to time to time then it will make your life well worth living. Life is worth living but life lived to help others, well that’s simply rewarding.
The reason for the 911 attacks are varied depending on who you speak with. Terrorism is by definition senseless. The first six letters of the word alone make adding “ism” to the suffix pointless. There is one common thread that is a reoccurring theme in reasons given for the attack: faith. Before I sound like I am attacking faith or more particularly people with faith understand that I to have faith too. My faith is no better or worse than anyone elses but faith is a personal choice. When our choices adversely affect others there is a problem. Muslim’s over the world had an accusatory eye boring a hole in them after 911. Many people agree that faith in a god (any god) is the number one reason for death throughout history. Vikings, revolutionaries, Europeans, Asians, Africans, and probably every sect of people’s in the world have had wars over belief. Wars over gods that no one has ever been able to have undisputable proof they exist. It is similar to one child punching another child over an argument over the existence of Santa Claus. Santa, at least, shows up at the mall every November and December.
I think only weak-minded people would allow their faith to make them do socially amoral acts. Whether it be Westboro Baptist members celebrating over dead soldiers and calling homosexuals fags, Jews killed by Nazis, or Christians feeding people to lions it is sickening. I do not blame faith or more specifically Muslim faith for 911. I blame leaders that used faith to manipulate others to do their deadly acts. I am not defending Muslims as much as I am pointing the finger at the horrible individuals take advantage of others fears and hopes.
Faith gives us something to hope and dream for. Faith helps guide us through the harder parts of life but faith is not tangible. It is a set of believes we live by and a god simply serves as the philosopher we subscribe and when needed the disciplinarian we face if we violate the code of conduct. Humans have the biggest complex of all because many believe humans are the chosen ones and because of this we are special. We get to change the rules and the world any way we see fit. We all have seen the story in the news where some random person kills someone because a god told them to. We call those people crazy but we will listen to a preacher say the lord spoke to them and told them to do XYZ. Is there a difference other than the obvious? 911 did not occur because of faith it occurred because there are sick cowardly people in the world. Faith is what gets the rest of us through. It helps victims families find a way to move on, it helps innocents in the countries we are at war with get through the gun fire, faith is personal but should not be used personally. I wish you all the love I can muster. I salute those that died that day (911) and in the wars that followed. I pray for all the families and to the weak and cowardly that abuse others faith….I hope there is a nice little extra hot place in the afterlife for you. My faith would not like my last sentiment but I think She would understand.