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For Heaven or Hell?

14 Aug

I couldn’t resist adding the below irreverent rant by comedy legend, George Carlin, on this very topic. It makes you think.

Below is an 11-part haiku chain poem. I hope that you like it.

“For Heaven or Hell?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

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Streets paved of gold and
pearly gates. Milk and honey.
Angel wings for all.

You will see loved ones
long lost. Reunified with
your spouse forever.

Make sure to go to
church each and every Sunday
to receive blessings.

The blessings for your
faithful attendance will be
mercy and goodness.

Don’t forget to go
to church or fail to pay your
tithes and offerings.

The salvation of
your soul is at stake. So guard
your duties, my friend.

GOD loves you, but he’ll
punish disobedience.
Hot fire and brimstone.

You will burn forever.
Eternal torment because
you are damned. No hope.

Hope has been lost. You
had your chance but you didn’t
heed warnings. Obey!

HE loves you, but will
throw you in the pit with that
devil, Lucifer.

So what is your life goal?
What are you aiming for? You
for Heaven or Hell?

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Believe What You Will

1 Jun

This poem is a series of 8 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem continues to discuss Agnoticism. According to Wikipedia, in some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves there is a God, whereas an atheist disbelieves in God. In the strict sense, however, agnosticism is the view that human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify knowledge of whether God exists or does not. Within agnosticism there are agnostic atheists (who do not believe any deity exists, but do not deny it as a possibility) and agnostic theists (who believe a God exists but do not claim to know that).

Believing. Knowing.
People, they are not the same.
They are different, folks.

To believe a thing
does not require any
proof. Blind acceptance.

But to know something
you can sense it around you.
Touch. Sight. Taste. Smell. Hear.

When you can sense it
you know it exists for sure.
There will be no doubt.

Choosing to dismiss
real, tangible, evidence
does not change a thing.

What is real is real.
Beliefs bear burden of proof.
Knowledge is fact-based.

Facts are connected
to natural laws that guide
the vast universe.

Science and math rule.
Beliefs tend to be mere tales.
Believe what you will.

Well, I’m Not So Sure

29 May

This poem is a series of 12 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem introduces the reader to Agnoticism. According to Wikipedia, in some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves there is a God, whereas an atheist disbelieves in God. In the strict sense, however, agnosticism is the view that human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify knowledge of whether God exists or does not. Within agnosticism there are agnostic atheists (who do not believe any deity exists, but do not deny it as a possibility) and agnostic theists (who believe a God exists but do not claim to know that).

This poem has 12 verses – 12 haiku tied together to tell a story/present a message.

“Well, I’m not so sure”

© 2011, Tyrone Turner

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Take modern science.
Dismiss things you can’t confirm.
Think critically.

Historic events
are recorded and leave things –
artifacts and graves.

Fairy tales amuse
and at times frighten children.
They just are not true.

Fear is a very
crippling and controlling tool.
Ask politicians.

The Catholic faith.
Rome’s Emperor, Constantine,
is the true father.

Moses had to go
to a mountain by himself
to get commandments.

Muhammad went to
a cave alone to receive
the Holy Qur’an.

Alone by himself
did Joseph Smith have the Book
of Mormon revealed.

Why were all of these
men alone with none to see
their event happen?

Isn’t that quite odd?
Should not truth be apparent?
Not a mystery.

Ask questions, beloved.
Be like a child and ask “Why?”
A child shall lead them.

Do you think that your
religion is the truth, friend?
Well, I’m not so sure.