With the election coming up, the bottom line question is not really a question of party…Democrat or Republican. It goes deeper than that. It is the question of whether the universe is built on fairness or faith.
It is interesting to note that people form groups under certain philosophical banners that flow together. Atheists, Communists, dictatorships, and totalitarian groups tend to be in one group. Faith groups, which include Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, tend to connect with personal responsibility, the free market, and faith in God. As a bynote, the first group tends to have people who believe in evolution and the faith-based groups tend to have people who believe in Creationism or Intelligent Design.
The first group focuses on “fairness”. Is it fair? Is it fair that someone has more money than someone else? Is it “fair” that someone lives in a better home, or has a better living condition? If it is not fair, then to be fair, the first group’s solution is to take from the people who “have” and give to the “have nots”. “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.” (Karl Marx)
As a side note, I’d like to point out that the “fairness-based” philosophy is inconsistent. If they believe in evolution and “the survival of the fittest”, if they believe this is how civilization got to where it is today, why are they trying to circumvent “Mother Nature” by taking from the “fittest” and giving to the “unfit”. That’s just a side note and not the real point of this discussion.
Going back to the question of fairness or faith, the second group, the faith-based people, believe that God created them, gave them abilities, gave them laws to follow that are laid out in scriptures that have existed for thousands of years, and if they have faith in God and follow His laws, that He will bring blessings into their lives. Those blessings include jobs, prosperity, homes, food, clothing, and health. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Jesus)
Let’s switch examples for a moment to make a point. Let’s say there are people who live on a mountainside. At the base of the mountain, the land connects with the sea and the tides flow in and out. Some of the people live at the base of the mountain. Some live further up the mountain. Suppose a large storm with waves comes and crashes the homes at the base of the mountain and they are destroyed. Is it fair that the people who lived farther up the mountain are not destroyed? Why do these things happen?
In a linear universe, where everything is the same, there really is no answer other than perhaps the laws of probability. But what if the universe is not linear?
I’m trying to draw a parallel here, so will jump back to the earlier discussion of the two groups.
When Communists come into power, they tend to kill off in mass murders, all who do not agree with their philosophy. That includes Christians or faith-based groups. Why? It is because the faith-based groups do not subscribe to what I will call the linear view of the world. They do not agree with the philosophy of Communists or dictators. They do not believe a dictator is a “god”. They believe there is God, the Creator of the universe, and they believe and know that their faith opens them up to possibilities that do not exist for the average atheist.
Faith moves the discussion beyond “fairness”. This is the problem with political discussions of “is it fair”? You will notice that “fairness” discussions tend to focus on genetics or environmental beginnings. Faith discussions, and if you have ever heard any, you will know this to be true, focus on the possibilities that can be created through “faith in God”. In other words, no matter how difficult your beginning, “with God, all things are possible.” (Jesus) There are certain laws of faith in God that Jesus taught whereby people can improve their lives.
As a matter of fact, what we call the free market and also the Constitution, are based a lot on laws that come from a Judeo/Christian ethic. Now some may point to political philosophers as being the basis of thoughts of freedom, but the fact is, if they had ideas that were based on scriptural ideas, then God’s thoughts preceded them, and the reason their ideas lasted, is because they were based on God’s ideas, on scriptures, and God’s ideas are timeless, eternal, and cannot fail. We, as human beings can fail to implement them, and thus fail to get the results, but that is our problem and fault, not God’s. 2 + 2 = 4, and that cannot be changed by anyone’s philosophy. It is a fact. Work with it, because to work outside of it is called “cooking the books”.
So let’s look at how the free market and Constitution is based on the Bible. God says, “my reward is with me to give to every man as his work shall be.” That sounds a lot like capitalism…work hard, be rewarded. “Thou shalt not steal”. We hear a lot about intellectual and computer theft, for example, China stealing secrets. People are against that. Well, God is against that as well, and people are made in God’s image and likeness. The idea of private property is in the Bible. The idea of freedom is in the Bible. God gives people free will. “He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.” (Jesus) Work six days…there is a lot of talk about how socialism, taking from one group that is working, and giving to a group that is not working, does not work long term. What happens when there are more non-workers on the government rolls than workers paying into the system? It collapses. Government does not have any money of itself. I take that back, in the United States, the Federal Reserve in collusion with the US government prints money out of thin air, but that is an exception to the rule. Normally, a government does not have money of itself. The only money it has is what it taxes or steals from private citizens. So the Bible agrees that socialism does not work. God says to work six days. Apparently, work is necessary to make life work.
We see from these examples that faith-based ideas, and political systems, are the ones that historically have greater success. As the matter of fact, when they seem to fail it is because they are polluted with socialist or communist ideas that do not work, and “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. (Jesus) A pure system works. A system that is polluted with contrary ideas and philosophies, does not work as well, and eventually destroys itself if it becomes too corrupted with the wrong ideas.
So the question this time in this election is a question of whether it is “fairness” or “faith” that runs the universe. Again, in a linear world, with no opportunities for potentialities of change, it would seem that fairness alone rules the world. Again, though, if that is true, then atheists need to give up the idea of evolution, because, is evolution fair? If you believe in the “survival of the fittest” is that “fair”? I don’t want to belabor that because that is not the focus of this discussion, but just to point it out and point out the inconsistency of the philosophy. However, unlike the world of “fairness”, in a world of faith, there are potentialities and possibilities of change, because there is a God, and by learning how to connect with God, and learning what God says, and by following God’s commands and guidance, and moving in the direction of faith, impossible situations can change.
When Jesus walked the earth, according to man’s standards, He did impossible things. He made the blind to see. People who could not walk threw away their crutches and walked. Paralyzed people who had been there for years got up and were able to stand and walk and work and create a life. People with leprosy were healed. He did many other miracles as well.
The world would say that life was not fair to these individuals. Yet, regardless of how they came by their afflictions, they were healed by Jesus the Christ. Life may not have been fair, but their faith in God changed their circumstances.
Interestingly enough, there were people in the same crowds that did not get healed. The Bible says that Jesus “could not do many miracles because of their unbelief”. Their lack of faith stopped them from experiencing the potentialities and possibilities that other people did experience because they did have the faith to believe in Jesus, and through Jesus, God the Father.
Going back to the mountain example…what if there were a person living at the base of the mountain, and God said to that person, a wave is coming, go up higher so you are not hit by the wave. If the person moved, is it fair to the person who did not move that the person who did move was protected from the wave to come?
Again, it goes back to faith. The one person had faith and developed enough of a relationship with God that he could hear an internal warning. The second person lived in a linear world that did not include any faith or a potentiality of hearing a warning from God, and so suffered the consequences.
So again, is it fairness or faith? Communists, or even the Democratic party, which wanted to keep God out of their platform, would say this is a linear world, and that there are no other possibilities except what we (Big Government) offer you through food stamps or governmental assistance programs.
But is this true? What if there were a government that is stepped back, that is shrunk back to the limits of the Constitution, a small government allows faith to work? What if there were a small government that allows God-given talents to begin to flourish because the government, like a leech, is no longer sucking the lifeblood of a nation out through excessive taxation and regulations?
Think about your personal life. Perhaps you had a challenge. You had a time challenge, a money challenge, a circumstantial challenge where things were not going to get done on time, for the amount of money available, or some circumstance was making things more difficult. Didn’t you, or maybe a group of “you’s”, get together and brainstorm and find a better way and get it done in spite of the challenge? That is what the free market does. It forces people to think up better solutions for life. Over time, mankind has moved from fires for warmth to warming themselves to electricity, coal, and oil. It has moved from walking and riding horses to automobiles, trains, and planes. It has moved from having to forage food in one day and prepare and cook it over a wood fire in the same day so the food did not spoil, to buying food from a store, and then being able to store it in a refrigerator or freezer for days, weeks, or months and cook it over an electric or gas stove. It has moved from living in mud huts, grass huts, log cabins, and tents to living in comfortable surroundings heated and cooled to the right temperature, and lit by electricity.
Would bigger government have made any of those changes? No, big government would say, your life is impossible, all we can do is give you some money to try to make it a little more comfortable, but in terms of inventiveness and real change, big government has nothing to offer. All it can do is take from one, pass it to another, and it is worth pointing out that the people in big government get big salaries, vacations, and perks while they take (steal) from one to give to another. People in big government are not spreading the wealth around for free. They make a lot of money, or siphon off, a lot of money for themselves while “spreading” that wealth.
Again, the question is, is the universe run on fairness or faith? Hopefully, you see that the universe is faith based. Hopefully you see that God set up work and reward, and that God’s ideas are the foundation for freedom and the free market. If enough understand that, and want to move back to that philosophical direction and life, then things can improve. If people live in a linear world, thinking that life is not fair, then maybe they think the only hope is big government taking care of them all the days of their lives. However, in a faith-based world and universe, which this is, there is a way out through faith in God and following His laws. We do not live in a “fairness-based” universe, we live in a “faith-based” universe.
It is interesting that for Communism to take hold, they need to get rid of faith-based people, because faith-based people indicate there is another reality possible through faith other than the one that offered by the dictatorship.
So the real election question this round, is not whether we want Republicans or Democrats, it is, is the universe built on fairness or faith?
This is the ultimate question that must be answered, and upon which individuals are running.
Is it fairness or faith?