My father is dying. We don’t know how long it will take. He has entered in-home hospice care, and needs someone with him at all times. He is 86 years old, and is a sociologist. He has studied humanity for most of his life, and finds the process of dying rather “fascinating.” As a sociologist, a teacher, and a counselor for most of his life, he has read about the dying process, changes that people make, some of the things that they start doing – and now, he says, he understands why these happen much much better.
So tonight I was with my dad. And he made the comment that he wished he had taken a class on philosophy. I asked him why. This is my paraphrase of his answer.
Well, there is either a God, or there isn’t. Now if you consider the law of entropy, you pretty much have to believe in some kind of creator – something that at least put the process into motion.
Once you decide there is a God, you have to ask, is he intelligent/logical or not? With all the various things that occur in nature – like that law of entropy, how things are put together, laws of science, etc…those things all lead to the conclusion that God is intelligent and logical.
So then you have to ask yourself – is an intelligent God concerned about Mankind or not? And if He is concerned with mankind – is that concern for our benefit, or our detriment? Is God just some cruel entity that enjoys making man suffer, or is He a loving God, who has planned for our benefit? I believe He is concerned with mankind, and for our good.
Around there he stopped and said something to the effect of “I don’t remember the rest of it. But I had it all laid out, step by step. I’ll have to write it all down when my brain is working better…”
Simple questions. But they mean so very much. I hope he remembers the other questions that went along with these. I’d like to hear them.
Is there a God, or isn’t there?
If there is a God, is God intelligent and logical?
If He is intelligent and logical, is he concerned with Mankind?
If He is concerned with Mankind, is that concern for our good, or for our detriment?
I love my daddy. And I am so glad that, even in his last days, he still speaks of God as a loving Father, who is concerned for His creation.