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God. To believe or not to believe-Edmund Tamakloe

Postby Kwame Nyame 64 » Sun May 27, 2012 7:42 am

As I sit down to commit these words to paper, I cannot help but be reminded of poor Hamlet, the title character from Shakespeare’s play, standing in the graveyard, holding a skull and contemplating his existence—“To be or not to be?” he asks himself before giving in to a long-winded philosophical monologue about life and its myriad challenges. For Hamlet, that agonizing moment was not just a moment of a man going mad. But rather one in which a man is caught up in the throes of serious decision-making—a decision that when made could alter his existence for better or for worse.
While most of us would not stand in a graveyard and hold a skull like Hamlet when we are about to make a life-changing decision, we would nonetheless agree that making life-changing decisions tend to be agonizing, like, for example, choosing to believe or disbelieve in the existence of God, which is the subject of this article. What makes this decision agonizing does not necessarily stem from the fact that our future may depend on it, but more importantly because of how it would come to affect our immediate lives—that is, our identity, our attitude toward society, our choices, whether or not the choice we make would bring us freedom and peace of mind or whether it would cause us to lose friends and make enemies. Yet, regardless of how long it takes, in the end we all have to make a decision—we all have to take a stand.
I have chosen to take my stand now. I should let you know, firstly, that this is not a decision I am making out of a spur of the moment, but rather, one that had been three years in the making—since early 2009. During that time, while I was in my junior year of college, I decided to abandon everything I knew and commit myself to some sort of journey—a journey for truth, if you will—to seek and to understand the workings of the universe, life and whatnot; to ask serious questions with an open mind and open heart and be prepared to accept whatever answers my mind and heart lead me to. The result of my quest is what I am here to share with you (and I will try to make it brief). It is my sincere hope that you will grant me a fair hearing as we try to reason together on this ancient subject of subjects. We may not agree in the end, but that should not stop you from using this opportunity to go on your own individual journey for truth. Maybe, just maybe, you may arrive at a conclusion that might end up convincing me.
With that said, is there a God or not? My honest answer to you is that I do not know with certainty whether God exists or not—and I’m sure 99.9% of humans around the world would agree that they do not know with certainty as well. Should anyone ever claim that they are certain beyond reasonable doubt, you should view such individual with suspicion as the idea of the existence of God, from both theistic and atheistic perspectives, is mostly speculation, although both positions would claim to have all the necessary facts to back their individual positions. Notwithstanding that, I do believe in the existence of God, and here’s why.
You would agree with me that the statements, there is God and there is no God, cannot both be true. Likewise the statements, there is an afterlife and there is no afterlife. Both theists and atheists have strong arguments to support their positions, arguments which I will not delve into for reasons of brevity, but what both sides would not concede to is the fact that there are also weaknesses to their arguments. All things being equal, however, someone has to be wrong as they both cannot be right, right?
Since from our limited human perspective we cannot know with certainty whether God exists or not, here’s my take on the issue via the beautiful mind of the great mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal. If we were to take a coin and have “heads” stand for “there is God” and “tails” stand for “there is no God,” it would be mathematically sound to say that with a coin toss, the probability of there being a God or there not being a God is one-half as there is a one-half chance of “heads” turning up and a one-half chance of “tails” turning up. In other words, there would be a fifty-fifty chance of there being a God and there not being a God. What this means is that, from a mathematical standpoint, it can go either way—and that is our default position.
Now, imagine yourself as a gambler (not that I would approve of you adhering to that life style) sitting in a casino. Furthermore, imagine you are dealt two cards—one red, one black—and told that if you choose to play the red card, you might gain $1 million, and that if you choose to play the black card, you’ll not gain but might lose $1 million. Which card would you play? Would it not be wise of you to play the red card as there is a possible reward at the end?
That’s how things are with belief in the existence of God! Just like with the coin toss, let’s assume that picking the red card translates into there being a God and picking the black card translates into there being no God. Which card would you pick? I’m sure you would elect to pick the red card as it presents you with the possibility of a reward, right?
Now let’s say that you happened to pick the red card and found out that there was nothing to gain (no $1 million), what do you lose? NOTHING! Likewise, let’s say you foolishly picked the black (or decided not to pick any card at all, which is the same as choosing to pick the black card), what do you lose? Again NOTHING.
In the same vein, what do you lose if you choose to believe that there’s a God and it turns out there’s no God? NOTHING! (Well, it’s not like you’d be able to tell anyhow because you’d be dead). Yet, what would you lose if you choose to believe that there’s no God and it turns out there’s one? EVERYTHING!
So picking the black card over the red when there’s a possibility of gaining something from picking the red would definitely be considered foolish, wouldn’t it? In that light, it’s not courage to believe that there’s no God; it’s sheer stupidity!
Of course, some might argue that the aforementioned perspective is limited and should be expanded to include more options. But in reality, if you observe closely, you’ll realize that there are hardly any other options regarding the idea that God exists or not; it’s an either/or question with no middle ground whatsoever. As a result, any options that would be manufactured and imposed on the aforementioned perspective are in fact false.
What’s more, some might even question the morality of such perspective. But this is less an issue of morality and more an issue of survival—like a pilot asking you to choose between jumping out of a burning plane without a parachute and jumping out of a plane with a defective parachute, the only parachute left on board. Hopefully, you never find yourself in that plane-burning situation, but if you do, friend, always take a chance on the defective parachute! After all, what do you have to lose?

By Edmund Tamakloe
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Postby Kwame Nyame 64 » Sun May 27, 2012 7:46 am

I started reading this article hoping to find how the writer has come upon an informed decision based on a personal adventure,revelation or experience.
I must say l was disappointed to find in the end he has chosen to gamble.
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Postby OPIAMENSA » Sun May 27, 2012 8:24 pm

Kwame Nyame 64 wrote:I started reading this article hoping to find how the writer has come upon an informed decision based on a personal adventure,revelation or experience.
I must say l was disappointed to find in the end he has chosen to gamble.

Kwame, Is it because he chose not to sing Huu huu hu???

Anyway, Mr Tamakloe - Welcome to the long winding road that will eventually lead you to godlessness.
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Postby Kwame Nyame 64 » Sun May 27, 2012 10:07 pm

OPIAMENSA wrote:
Kwame Nyame 64 wrote:I started reading this article hoping to find how the writer has come upon an informed decision based on a personal adventure,revelation or experience.
I must say l was disappointed to find in the end he has chosen to gamble.

Kwame, Is it because he chose not to sing Huu huu hu???

Anyway, Mr Tamakloe - Welcome to the long winding road that will eventually lead you to godlessness.


Not at all Opia.
My argument is a simple one really.The conclusion Edmund reached makes him a bigger gambler that the casino guy in his article.
Let us take two sincere guys standing before God on judgement day.
Guy A says faced with whether God existed or not,he chose to believe God exist because he looses nothing at the end of the day if God never exist.
Guy B however sincerely believed there was no God because he has not seen anything in his life or around him to convince him there is God.
A just God will open the gates of heaven to Guy B in my opinion.
Btw l do not believe in a judgement day as spoken of in the Bible.
My disappointment was because l felt from the beginning of Edmund's article that he was going to say how his decision to believe in God was based on divine revelation or personal experience that has convinced HIM beyond all doubt God exist.
I believe in the existence of God.l know other people love God too. No one person or group has the monopoly on the love or existence of God.
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Postby Q' lypse » Mon May 28, 2012 10:39 am

OPIAMENSA wrote:
Kwame Nyame 64 wrote:I started reading this article hoping to find how the writer has come upon an informed decision based on a personal adventure,revelation or experience.
I must say l was disappointed to find in the end he has chosen to gamble.

Kwame, Is it because he chose not to sing Huu huu hu???
ah, hahahahaha :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Q' lypse » Mon May 28, 2012 10:46 am

this whole thing about God and people not believing in 'him', is because of the old testament, male, no nonsense, shot fuse, prejudicial, killing machine, war monger, jealous god of the bible. People don't see this god around anymore... i say their disbelief is completely justified, it is this god they are looking for and 'he's' been a no show for a couple of 1000s of yrs.. if you are looking for such a god and you can't find him, you are making sense..
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Postby OPIAMENSA » Wed May 30, 2012 8:03 pm

Kwame Nyame 64 wrote:
OPIAMENSA wrote:
Kwame Nyame 64 wrote:I started reading this article hoping to find how the writer has come upon an informed decision based on a personal adventure,revelation or experience.
I must say l was disappointed to find in the end he has chosen to gamble.

Kwame, Is it because he chose not to sing Huu huu hu???

Anyway, Mr Tamakloe - Welcome to the long winding road that will eventually lead you to godlessness.


Not at all Opia.
My argument is a simple one really.The conclusion Edmund reached makes him a bigger gambler that the casino guy in his article.
Let us take two sincere guys standing before God on judgement day.
Guy A says faced with whether God existed or not,he chose to believe God exist because he looses nothing at the end of the day if God never exist.
Guy B however sincerely believed there was no God because he has not seen anything in his life or around him to convince him there is God.
A just God will open the gates of heaven to Guy B in my opinion.
Btw l do not believe in a judgement day as spoken of in the Bible.
My disappointment was because l felt from the beginning of Edmund's article that he was going to say how his decision to believe in God was based on divine revelation or personal experience that has convinced HIM beyond all doubt God exist.
I believe in the existence of God.l know other people love God too. No one person or group has the monopoly on the love or existence of God.


Let us be honest here. If after gambling Mr Tamakloe sang huu huuu hu and concluded that he has found God you would have agreed with him. Anyway, on a different note why do you use "judgement day" in yor argument if you do not believe in it?
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Postby Kwame Nyame 64 » Thu May 31, 2012 7:23 am

OPIAMENSA wrote:
Kwame Nyame 64 wrote:
OPIAMENSA wrote:
Kwame Nyame 64 wrote:I started reading this article hoping to find how the writer has come upon an informed decision based on a personal adventure,revelation or experience.
I must say l was disappointed to find in the end he has chosen to gamble.

Kwame, Is it because he chose not to sing Huu huu hu???

Anyway, Mr Tamakloe - Welcome to the long winding road that will eventually lead you to godlessness.


Not at all Opia.
My argument is a simple one really.The conclusion Edmund reached makes him a bigger gambler that the casino guy in his article.
Let us take two sincere guys standing before God on judgement day.
Guy A says faced with whether God existed or not,he chose to believe God exist because he looses nothing at the end of the day if God never exist.
Guy B however sincerely believed there was no God because he has not seen anything in his life or around him to convince him there is God.
A just God will open the gates of heaven to Guy B in my opinion.
Btw l do not believe in a judgement day as spoken of in the Bible.
My disappointment was because l felt from the beginning of Edmund's article that he was going to say how his decision to believe in God was based on divine revelation or personal experience that has convinced HIM beyond all doubt God exist.
I believe in the existence of God.l know other people love God too. No one person or group has the monopoly on the love or existence of God.


Let us be honest here. If after gambling Mr Tamakloe sang huu huuu hu and concluded that he has found God you would have agreed with him. Anyway, on a different note why do you use "judgement day" in yor argument if you do not believe in it?


If Edmund concluded that HU has worked for him,I could relate to it because HU works for me.I will not vouch for him.How can l assert or confirm another person's personal experience?
If he concluded that chanting Jesus,God or the name of any Christian Saint brought him result,l would understand.l would understand because he had taken the experiential path. That would have been better that deciding to believe in God simply because you loose nothing in the end if there happens to be no God and stands to gain paradise if God existed.
Edmund advised against gambling in a casino with money but chose to gamble with his life.
I hope lm making myself clear.
I used the day of judgement to build an argument.l later in the very passage stated my stance.l thought that was put very clear.
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