"The literature of religious experience abounds in references to
the pains and terrors overwhelming those who have come,
too suddenly, face to face with some manifestation of the
Mysterium tremendum." - Aldous Huxley,
The Doors of Perception (1954)
Questions for Humanity
I. Who are we?
a. The product of the
evolutionary process, the highest level of life form that we know of?
b. Beings developed by the creator to serve and admire him?
c. Fully dimensional
children of God with personal sovereignty capable of relating to the creator as equals?
II. What are we?
a. Homo Sapiens?
1. Homo Sapiens is the name of a species of
animal life, where a specie is largely defined by biological and
anatomical features, and the ability to breed together.
b. Human beings?
2. Can't we define a human being by intellectual
and spiritual features, where a human would have certain dimensions, and hold a common
purpose and set of values
that we would call humane?
III. Why are we here?
a. Is there no purpose,
meaning and destiny that can satisfy, or do we just
need to create our own purpose, meaning and destiny as best we can?
b. Have we been seeded or planted here by an
advanced race as part of an experiment?
c. Are we here because some forefather fell from
grace, with some of us having the potential to be righteous enough to be
harvested for heaven?
d. Are we here, yet nobody outside of ourselves cares that much?
e. Are we here in a bad situation because
of evil, but there is a way to triumph?
IV. How did we get here?
a. Did we evolve up from slime on the eons and
eons old Earth?
b. Did God place us in a garden a few thousand years ago?
c. Did we get seeded here by superior aliens?
d. Did we come from the stars after terra-forming the Earth?
e. Did we flee to the earth in some kind of escape
from a worse situation or fate?
V. What is our true relationship to each other?
a. Are we automatically brothers and sisters by
virtue of being homo sapiens?
1. Regardless of race?
2. Regardless of nationality?
3. Regardless of culture?
4. Regardless of religion?
5. Regardless of belief?
6. Regardless of purpose and values?
I do not know who I am, where I am going - and I am the
has to decide the answers to these hideous questions. - Sylvia Plath
VI. Where are we headed?
a. Are all humans eventually headed for heaven
as their final destiny?
b. Are all humans bound for either Heaven or Hell?
c. Are all humans eventually headed for oblivion?
d. Is there some other destiny that is not well known or understood?
VII. Can we trust previous answers to these questions?
a. From the traditions?
b. From religious leaders and theologians?
c. From the philosophers?
d. From the modern science leaders?
VIII. Who/What CAN we trust?
a. Can we trust the Bible?
b. Can we trust the majority?
c. Can we trust the scientists?
d. Can we trust Jesus?
e. Can we trust ourselves?
What would it take
for you to trust completely any outside agency?
a. A plausible story?
b. Sound logic and reasoning?
c. A satisfying and convincing
d. Both b & c.