Certain uninformed individuals within the scientific community continue to perpetuate the notion that faith and reason are incompatible.
This is complete nonsense.
Faith is a tactical filter trait, which may become indispensable to our overall success in the age to come. The reasoning is simple and rational, but it does
require a hint of philosophical objectivity.
Basically, when someone invites you to adopt a degree of faith about something, they are essentially asking you to incur a level of risk. While certitude is risk-free, faith is not.
Most people are willing to assume some risk from time to time, provided the anticipated rewards can justify their actions—as they happen to reckon it.
For example, no one may be willing to purchase expensive lottery tickets if the odds of winning are astronomically high and the prize amount is very low. However, if the jackpot remains unclaimed
and is rolled over several times, more buyers will be willing to participate due to the above average bonanza that has accrued. In many cases, a simple calculator can be enlisted to determine
whether or not, one should take the bet.
So, the concept of applied faith can be reduced to the basic notion of risk vs. reward and further quantified into cost vs. anticipated pleasure. Naturally, the line drawn between
reward and pleasure should not be considered linear or generic. After all, one’s personal predilections must be factored in, such as: worldview, lifestyle, ethical principles, utopian ideals,
feelings, tastes, tolerances, etc. For instance, no two people may gauge common tax law with the exact same degree of delight.
When and if our civilization becomes spacefaring (routine space travel), our descendants will find themselves in a very precarious position, due to all the enslavement-ready technologies (ERT)
cluttering the landscape. This would include self-replicating robots, space-based lasers, mass drivers, nanobots, etc.
Recruitment in this ultra-high-tech environment will be unlike anything witnessed before. To illustrate this point, let’s overlay a modern-day approach.
Obviously this overt methodology relies heavily on the honour system, which presupposes that every applicant will be completely truthful. But is this realistic—given
the gravity and sweeping implications of the appointment?
The exact same dilemma arises while sifting through padded résumés. Overt background checks may not be sufficient either to weed out every problematic candidate.
After all, the mind might be bottomless and as such, we may never develop a machine or technique that can adequately determine everyone’s deepest intentions, alter egos,
animosities, will to power, etc. As a result, we are saddled with a new gaping security hole that must be seriously addressed at some point.
Since all our current approaches are becoming obsolete, in time we will need something new and vastly more imaginative. So, after years of deliberation and contemplation,
I developed the Anonymity Biosphere or AB solution. I believe it’s the best practical recruitment method to facilitate deep space colonization.
(Read the Futurist Series for a more detailed explanation).
To summarize briefly,
AB’s provide a controlled environment where the administrators can test the behaviours and propensities of their evaluees—under the guise of anonymity.
A well-thought through proposal is presented to the evaluees containing a faith offer, which lists a series of costs and rewards for all those who choose to accept it.
Obviously, this is staged in such a way that would exclude any inkling of it being a shoo-in.
Each evaluee then weighs all the pluses and minuses, and decides whether or not to take the bet. (The more monumental they deem the reward, the more likely they are
to go for broke. It would be too pessimistic for them not to.)
The proposal is carefully worded so that the only people, who are willing to fulfill the cost terms of the contract, are the very same ones who can survive each other
effortlessly in a Free Crown environment, which is their big reward.
So this covert approach cleanly differentiates or mechanically filters out the true selectees from all the other evaluees—unlike the overt methodologies. Hence, the
recruitment problem is solved through the use of faith, as a crucial demarcation flag in the overall process.
This standalone philosophy is perfectly sound and rational, even if:
The philosophers and chosen selectees are the only ones who come to fully understand it.
Our civilization is alone in the universe.
All the religions are false.
Everyone on this planet is an atheist.
And God never existed.
If you have a better solution to this galactic security problem, please e-mail it to me for publication. Otherwise, barring some divine
intervention—we’ll eventually have to go with our best option at hand.
It’s entirely reasonable why one might wonder if this is not the first time our species has been down this road. After all, if we are destined to build AB’s
on ourselves in the future, then maybe we’ve already done it to ourselves. Perhaps God is one of us.
In any case, if the earth is one of God’s AB’s, then the Bible is essentially his faith offer to us—his evaluees. This scenario is certainly possible and
scripturally defensible. Here are some basic “cost vs. anticipated pleasure” verses to ponder over.
“...for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 13:3)
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
“Then he (Abram) believed in the Lord; and He (God) reckoned it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)
“And he summoned the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross
and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain
the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?’” (Mark 8:34-37)
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” (1 John 3:14)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle,
for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake
of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:3-12)
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have
tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle
of God is among men, and he will dwell among them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be among them, and he will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’ And he who sits on the throne said,
‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And he said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’ Then he said to me,
‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons
and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.’” (Revelation 21:1-8)
Like me, perhaps you want to take the bet and declare your newfound Christian faith. It’s not irrational either way (that we can know now), but it might be