|So, ready for more questions? Geat! Those first ones were a challenge, but this batch can get really sticky. Therefore, I dub these
Questions I get to bug you with!!
And here they are:
Are human beings fundamentally like, or unlike other living things? For that matter, what, exactly, is a "living thing"?
What is the difference between a human being's physical brain, and his mind (or, if you prefer, soul, or consciousness)? Is there a difference?
Can some things be universally said to be Good, and others Evil, by all cultures and all peoples? What is it that would make something Good or Evil?
If one believes in God, who is Good, and perfect in His Gooodness, then why is there Evil in the universe, which is said to be created by God? Is God responsible for the existence of Evil? If so, what does this say about man's relationship with God? Related topic: check out Redwing's answer to the question on Free Will--see if you can figure out how these are connected. To take a look, click here.
Is there a purpose or meaning to human life? If so, what might that purpose be, and where does it come from? God? Ourselves? Or something else altogether?
Should abortion be allowed? Should we practice capital punishment? Should we research cloning? (These issues deal with the enthics of knowingly destroying--or creating--life, thus these questions are listed together.)
...and possibly more, in the future.
These are fairly thorny questions that people have all sorts of trouble trying to think about, so don't get frustrated...relax, Just sit and reflect for awhile. You might start dealing with these questions by recalling how other people you know answer these questions (a Sunday School teacher, a friend, a parent, maybe even a favorite author...). What do they believe? What parts of their beliefs are the most (or the least) appealing to you? Why? By thinking about what others believe and by answering these three questions, you can begin to understand and evaluate what you believe. You may not always feel that another person's beliefs are "right"...and this is okay. It only means that you disagree with them, no more. The object here is to learn to think for yourself, and then learn something about yourself. It's a challenge, but a rewarding one. I wish you the best of luck.