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Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)
TITLE: A Different Worldview
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In the end, all of life is meaningless, a swirling vortex of nothingness.
It would be an abomination to profess:
Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross offers eternal life.
He abides in those who accept His gift.
The chief purpose of man is to live to the glory of God
I tell you the truth—
man is here through chemical processes.
It is part of the great deception to pronounce
that human life, at any stage, is sacred
that we exist because of the unfathomable love of a Creator
Those who number themselves among us, marvel
that parents have a duty to raise their children in the ways of the Lord.
Christians actually believe—
The union between a man and a woman is a covenant not to be broken
Marriage is a shadow of Christ’s fidelity with the Church
He will never forsake mankind
My heart understands
I may not be perfect now, but perfection is a matter of time.
I hold to the tenet that
I am intrinsically kind. I need no forgiveness.
This does not resonate with me:
There is an unchangeable God of objective truth, justice, mercy, and grace.
My experience in the world tells me with certainty
beauty and goodness are accidents,
yet, I would never conclude that
life is like the ephemeral flower—blooming but for a day,
I am familiar with Christian thought—
The fall of man brought death and forged gaps only Christ can fill.
I don’t understand such dogma, knowing instead:
science and philosophy are the explanation
sexual promiscuity assuages
money and power and fame plug empty spaces
I will never grant:
There is an almighty Creator of heaven and earth.
reality is found—
where it begins—
at the end—
reading from the last word, back up through the entire poem, to the beginning.
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