I am working very hard towards getting my book ready for publishing (WattPad) these days. Part of me wants to make sure that both the book and me are bulletproof and perfect before I do. Accepting that complete excellence is not achievable is not easy for a perfectionist. I have searched and searched for spelling and grammar errors. Nevertheless it is probable that some few may sneak and lurk their way in. I have tried very hard to make sure that the language is not repetitive and dull. That unfortunately does not guarantee that some words and expressions are not overused. Trying my very best to create a flow through the book that captures the reader and ensures a common thread. Hoping I succeed.
Part of me is saying what on earth are you thinking? English is your second language! You are not an author! This is not a poetry book (safer), there are so many traps you can fall into. What if harsh critics comes your way and rip the book apart?
So, you can see from my positive self-talk what this writer is up against. Still, I am going to do it. Courage is not to never be afraid, but to do things even though they scare you.
Excerpt from the first chapter:
“What I know is incomplete: Like a fish in the ocean, I am wet, curiously asking what it means to be dry. What is the meaning of life in my ocean the universe? Come along on this journey towards «dry land». Hoping that I will be of great company.
“For what we know is incomplete and what we prophesy is incomplete. But when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will be done away with.”
We move through the thin blue layer enfolding our habitat, the earth and travel across the universe. Stars, galaxies and nurturing nebula’s in all their magnificent light and colors greet us. The light separates the darkness and we are travelling back in time.
Like giant telescopes we are trying to get a perspective. As far as you and I are able to tell the universe stretches over 13.8 billion light years. The two of us are trying to fathom this size. Asking ourselves, how long it would take to count to 13.8 billion? Presuming we counted non-stop at a rate of one number per second it would take approximately 440 years. One number each second is time-consuming. Light needs nothing more than this to travel seven times around the earth. However, from lights point of view there is no time. At the dazzling speed of photons space and time shrinks to absolute zero (Einsteins law of relativity).”
I have this tendency to think it is only me, but I know everybody feels vulnerable from time to time. This is just my personal experience. No universal recipes, or great advice. Just sharing my experience to let others know that they are not alone. Or maybe revealing that I am actually the only one feeling this way ha ha ha … My primary vulnerability issue when it comes to blogging are my comments. I am afraid that my comments are “stupid”, too overboard, too boring, not unique, too unique, not well written and so on … If English was my primary language I guess I would not feel this way as much. Also, if I was not such a highly sensitive introvert it would probably help. One more thing regarding comments that I find difficult, if they remain not liked, unanswered and maybe even unapproved. Now where did I go wrong? Did I insult, hurt or annoy that person? Is it possible to interpret my words in ways not intended? Now these last thoughts go for content shared as well. Did I step on anyone’s toes. These are the vulnerable aspects of blogging for me. I will leave you with some beautiful words from Rumi;
"What was said to the rose that made it open was said
to me here in my chest."
These last days I have spent time with atheists, agnostics and freethinkers here at WordPress. To challenge myself and to see what I am up against in terms of arguments against faith (writing a book about science and faith). This is what I have learned. Religion and its credibility is a huge, huge thing. I was thinking fear of death was number one, but no. That the whole system is close to evil was also a big point. One very interesting aspect is that many do not believe in nothing, rather that the state of nothing is impossible. Also, some do believe in an infinite universe/universes. If my interpretations are correct. Some think that all the options at the quantum level are eternal potential, and that rules out the need for God. Not surprisingly, evolution of the universe and evolution of the species is held as the ultimate truth. Punishment and judgment is also mentioned more that I thought it would. Their statements were more emotional and passionate than I expected. This is valuable information, and I still believe. Oh yes I believe more than ever. Believe though is a pesky word according to my newest research. So, now I call it my theory of everything.
Jesus Christ I love you. My critics I love you too. If you say you know God and hate your brother you do not know God, because God is love.
I am writing a book about science and faith. To ensure solid work and prepare me for the task that may follow after publication, I would like to receive a substantial amount of arguments against faith and creationism. We humans are creative. There, are probably some I have never even heard or thought about before.
If non-believers or people in doubt reading this could kindly share their arguments with me, it would be very helpful. I do not like arguments against God, because I love him. Withal, God is love and he tells me to love my critics (even my enemies) as well. So, are you willing to leave a comment?
Believers too, what are the arguments that have been used against you?