Professor Poage, do you believe in God?

I recall taking a philosophy class some months back, it was one of my prerequisite courses. Throughout that semester, all we talked about were dialogues established by ancient philosophers, namely, Socrates, Plato, Gandhi, et al. In one of our class sessions, we had an ardent discussion on God’s existence; no one expected the professor to bring up such topic, but being a philosophy class it was welcomed. Surprisingly, only a few people contributed. As for me, my mouth watered with words that could in some ways convince my colleagues of God’s existence, but after realizing that I was under a school administration, I had to speak with caution. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop me from questioning my professor’s belief, so I asked “Professor Poage, do you believe in God?” He stuttered for a moment, wondering why I asked such question, but he had no choice but to respond. After beating around the bush for some minutes, cunningly trying to avoid to the question, he finally succumbed and said “I am skeptical about God’s existence.”

The moment he uttered that statement, I realized that my professor’s profession had a huge impact in shaping his belief system. Too much of scrutinizing philosophical contexts exposed him to various ideological sentiments, which include works of both atheists and God-believers. His mind was on the verge of confusion, not knowing who and what to believe. His belief was cemented in texts written by philosophers. He allowed mere man-made opinions control his rationality.

Knowledge is indeed vital, but if the wrong knowledge is acquired it could be fatal, fatal enough to make you refute God’s existence.
Professor Poage is as innocent as any other person out there, but his quest for academic knowledge unfortunately led him down the hill. Every acquired information reinstates the foundation of our innate belief, we should therefore be careful of what we allow into our minds. Educational teachings might seem innoxious, but not everything is aligned with God’s word.

“Let him who think he stands take heed lest he falls…trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

-Pacesetter Abbey
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The Essence of Life

We will all fall sometimes in life, “but it’s a lot easier to fall on your end than on your face,” says an old American man 👴 known as “the snow guardian.” He is called this name because he lived in the woods for 40 years, but that’s not the issue here.
 
Falling/failing is not necessarily a part of life, it’s only an unforeseen choice every human is likely to plunge into. But irrespective of how this Choice is made, we can avoid taking the big hits that comes with it. This also requires a different kind of Choice. A choice to see good out of evil, gain out of pain, and life out of strife. My greatest inspirer, said, “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” “What a rhetoric statement!” you might say, but spiritually it makes much sense than realism itself.
 
The world we inhabit is all vanity (according to the book of Ecclesiastes), why then should we be affected by things within it; have we forgotten that we are not of this world, we are strangers here, we are sojourners (or you could say, aliens). Wait, let’s peruse on this for a moment: If the pleasures derived from this world are meaningless, why then should the struggles and pain be meaningful? Let’s not focus on the puny reactions of the world, there are greater things worth pondering on. There is one goal in life, which is, focusing on what really matters, I call it “the priorities of life.” The problem is, most people don’t know what the goal of Life is, that’s why their life is a perfect example of Newton’s third law “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”[Pardon my over use of the word “life”]. Rita Brown, an American activist once said “a life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” Those beautiful words sank deep into my heart, knowing that actions surpasses reactions. We are all sane, meaning we know good from evil, let’s not allow circumstance define the essence of creation, let God define it, through his word.
 
By the way, what is that one goal of life? Is it love, purpose, generosity, service, or is it just everything and more? The answer to this question is presently beyond my knowledge, but there is one thing I surely do know…
 
…Life will never make sense, until you take God’s will as the essence of Life’s creation.
 
-Pacesetter Abbey
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