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Faith


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

It seems to me that were one to have doubts about God’s existence, the furthest a person would dare to go would be to take the agnostic view and conclude that he or she doesn’t know if God exists or not. That is because if one concludes that God does not exist, that person has to make the same kind of leap of faith as those who do believe in God.

I cannot prove that God exists. And others cannot prove that He does not exist. In that sense an atheist believes the same as I do. That is, I believe there is a God based on an act of faith and an atheist believes there is no God based on an act of faith as well.

Given our limited life spans and our comparatively small brain power and knowledge, we are stuck with concluding God’s existence or not is solely based on acts of faith. I had a very angry retired English teacher take me to task once because he maintained that one can’t prove a negative. But that is sophistry, one must choose. Believe or not believe, it is still an act of faith.

It is remarkable to me that people believe there is no God. To do so often requires a hubris that I cannot understand. Hubris in the sense that human beings, in our comprehension of anything at all, are so terribly limited. In their arrogance, people actually think they are smart enough to draw conclusions that are totally unwarranted. Though there are other reasons besides hubris, they all require a misplaced confidence in our intellectual abilities.

Years ago as I went to college and became exposed to an entirely different kind of life along with different views of the reason for our existence, I faded away from the church I had been going to my entire life.

I made the mistake then that many make and that is that I assumed that I could get specific answers about God and creation and all the rest. But they weren’t forthcoming. And so I concluded He wasn’t there.

As I wandered through life I attained a modicum of minor success but also fell down painfully hard as well. Somehow, over the years however, in spite of my many shortcomings, there seemed to something nudging me back in the right direction.

Moreover, as I began to look back over my life I also began to appreciate that there appeared to be some “interventions” along the way that kept me safer than my trajectory at the time should have otherwise suggested. There seemed to be someone looking out for me bet .....
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One moment please.... Growing up together

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The Class of 2025 This past week really made me think about how swiftly the years are flying by. Our kids, more than anything, are my measurement of time. Last Monday evening, Tonya Keim organized a gathering in Harmony for all of the families of ..... 
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Balancing gun rights and public safety

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The first letter that my husband and I received from the NRA arrived in 1965, forty-seven years ago. Included was a picture of some desperate, scrawny individuals peering out through the bars of a dirty jail in a foreign country. The message was,“ ..... 
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Stop government waste- vote "No" on voter ID

Wed, Aug 15th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

This November when you go to the polls unencumbered by a required “government issued photo ID”, vote “NO” to save our state and local governments from spending more on unnecessary rules and regulations. It has been estimated that the requir ..... 
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Musical Comedy, “Paint Your Wagon” coming

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

“Got a Dream Boy, got a song, paint your wagon and come along! “So says a well-known song from the musical comedy, Paint Your Wagon. With music by Lerner and Lowe, the show debuted on Broadway in 1951 and will hit the stage as part of the 40th A ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the Fillmore County Journal’s August 6 issue, in the article “Harmony Enterprises, Inc. celebrating 50 years,” it was incorrectly stated that Harmony Enterprises manufactures their own solar panels. They do not manufacture them, but they us ..... 
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Outdoor movie and music night in Whalan

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Whalan Commentary

How did it all begin? In June, 2010 the Whalan Hall Restoration Committee was formed. Our goal: To renovate the old town hall that was built in 1898 and in bad repair. The City of Whalan started things rolling by earmarking $20,000 for the projec ..... 
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More notes from a country kitchen

By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I’m sorry to report that I did not get a chance to write an article for this edition of the Journal. I spent the last two months doctoring with my husband in Rochester. I have jotted down some of life’s lessons that have been passed down to me a ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the July 30 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the College News incorrectly stated that Ashley Christianson was on the Dean’s List for Bemidji State University. It should have read Ashley Christian of Spring Valley, Minnesota.
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