Volume 91, Issue 21

Thursday, October 2, 1997



Day of judgement

Re: "Our Lord in heaven" Sept. 18 and ensuing debate

To the Editor:

For the last few weeks, we have been debating the issue and/or relevance of a Horovitz cartoon. I must admit that I did find it distasteful and inappropriate. Last year, I discussed this with The Gazette and the cartoonist of Horovitz a couple of times. However, this issue has and always will lead to something Robert DeCaire brought up: freedom of speech.

Some issues such as who's beliefs are correct will never be answered in our lifetime (at least while this earth still exists). Different people see the existence beyond death differently: some believe there is nothing beyond death, others in reincarnation and still others in some type of "supernatural" eternal existence. Until such time, we will never be able to agree upon an absolute conclusion in terms of who's beliefs are correct and whose are false.

Obviously, according to the objective truth theory, we cannot all be right. Many of the statements, beliefs and premises behind each belief contradict each other (e.g. one statement which claims only one God will oppose others who claim there are many gods). But at the same time, we must be aware of what consequences we may encounter if we are wrong. For instance, if my faith in Christ turns out to be false, then I must willing to accept the consequences that occur because I believed in the wrong thing and in turn subject myself to the judgment on that which is right.

There may be some people who might be thinking I'm trying to impose my beliefs upon you (the reader). I'm not trying to persuade, I'm trying to inform. There may be a chance that I am wrong. If so, well, I already mentioned what may happen. But here's a thought, what if the apostle Paul was right when he said, "It is written: 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God."

Alvin Lau
Psychology III

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