Isang mainit na araw, sa isang silid aralan, ang lahat ng estudyante ay tahimik na nanalangin na sana hindi na dumating ang guro para makatakas na sila sa klase nilang wala ng ibang kwinestiyon kundi ang existence of God. Philosophy e. Kada lecture, walang palampas, kailangan matanong ni Propesor kahit isang beses lang na “Do you think God exists?” na sasagutin niya din bago pa kami makasagot ng “Of course, he doesn’t! You don’t see him do you?”
Anyway, dumating si Propesor sa pagkairita ng mga estudyanteng ang kalahati ay badtrip sa kanya at ang kalahati walang pakialam at nagagawa ng homework sa ibang klase. At nag-umpisa na namang dumada.
Propesor: You have to be realistic in this world. You have to see that each of your belief is only entailed by something physical that you see. When I say entailed I mean caused. For example, a horror house. A horror house entailes you to believe that there are ghosts! There aren’t any ghosts! Some people are just so stupid about it. For instance, I have this friend…. (Para pa sa lalong ikaasar ng mga estudyante, ang propesor na ito ay super pa-american accent magsalita. Buhay nga naman.)
….who is a Christian (nagkatinginan ang mga estudyante-ito nanaman ako ang binabadya ng mga mata nila) who strongly believes in God. It is so funny. He looks at the tree, he looks at the beautiful flower and he says, “ooh, what a beautiful tree. There must be a God,” to which I would get fully annoyed. I mean! Cmon! There aint no God! You only invented that God!
Hindi na nakapagpigil ang isang estudyante, nagtaas ng kamay.
Estuyante 1: Sir, how do you know there isn’t any God?
Propesor: Do you see him? No you don’t. He is not a physical entity, therefore he is not real. You cannot see him, you cannot feel him, you cannot, touch him.,,
(May nagtaas na naman ng kamay)
Estudyante 2: Sir, when you say physical entity, what exactly do you mean?
Propesor: Physical entity. SOmething that is real. Something that is readily perceived. Something physical. SOmething perceived by the 5 senses. Realist would state that only physical things could create physical things therefore when you say that there is a watch there must be a watchmaker even if you don’t see him is not the same as saying there is a tree, there must be a God. Do you understand?!
<ang mga estudyante ay nabuburaot na sa panahon na to dahil pinipilit na naman ni Propesor na walang Dios. Ang iba tatawa na lang pagod ng makipag-away. Dumaldal pa ng dumaldal si Propesor. Nagkwento kung bakit walang Dios at pagkalipas ng mga 1 oras, tumahimik kagaya ng lagi niyang ginagawa para subukin kung meron pang nais humamon sa kanya dahil lagi na lang siyang may katablahan sa klase.>
<mga 1 minuto ng katahimikan ang lumipas kung saan hinahamon lamang ng Propesor ng titigan ang mga estudyante bago may nagtaas ulit ng kamay.>
Estudyante: Sir, you said that physical entities-those which are real- are those which are READILY perceived by the 5 SENSES? Meaning without the use of any scientific or whatsoever tool you see it? right?
Estudyante: It strikes me as fascinating, Sir, how you could only show one side of the argument as regards your lack of belief in God.
Propesor: What are you trying to say?
Estudyante: Let’s put it this way: You say, the tree entailes our belief in the existence of God. You say that the only reason we believe in God is because of the tree. Right?
Estudyante: but you would never say that it could be the other way around such that the existence of God caused the existence of the tree.
Propesor: Because there is no God.
Estudyante: Ok, sabi mo e. <nagtatawanan na ng patago ang ilang estudyante>
Propesor: What is your point?
Estudyante: Ganito na lang sir, just to prove my point. I say, the physical entity in this room, something that we readily perceive is your voice. We hear it with our senses therefore it is real right?
Estudyante: Now we wonder, what you are saying, your voice, is triggered by your brain. Thus, it entailes us to believe that you have a brain. But then, given that your brain is not readily perceived, is not physical based on your definition, then your brain ceases to exist. You, sir, must have no brain.
Propesor: Excuse me?
Estudyante: I was only trying to prove a point, sir. It could be the other way around. The existence of your brain (the not physical entity) could entail us to believe what we hear from you (the physical entity). The existence of God entails us to believe the existence of the tree.
<super dead air>
Propesor: We will continue our discussion next meeting. <tiningnan si estudyante> And you ARE on my list.
Isa na namang klase ng Philosophy 171 ang lumipas. Pero hindi na lahat badtrip. Natawag kasi ng walang utak ang mahusay nilang Propesor.
By the end of the class, the only thing that I was able to derived from the situation is a blog entry on how one walks with God. The endless discussion on the physicality of God reminded me so much of this one discipleship session that we had- what is literal and what is figurative. Does it ring a bell?!? Naalala niyo pa ba ang pagdugo ng mga ilong natin sa session na yun??! haha!
Right after the class, I thought, Grabe, parang kahapon lang, pinipilit pa kami ni kuya lance na JESUS is LITERALLY WITH ME at ang reaction lang namin ay Grabe, Scary o di kaya hawak sa ilong kasi nanonosebleed na.
To define literal is to define it the way my Philosophy professor defined physical realities such that it is something that we readily perceive with our 5 senses. Meaning, we literally, see, feel, smell, hear, and touch Jesus.
I can only be too sure that if I have other people read this blog entry they’d look at me the way I did kuya Lance a couple of months ago- their whole face reflecting that “Baliw-na-ata-tong-tao-na-to” look and from then on would keep away from me. And that makes it ironic.
Because the realization that one can actually feel, smell, hear, touch, and see God makes walking with God all the more exciting. It’s like being back in Eden when Adam and Eve literally literally does exactly that. It’s like being a kid again when Jesus would be your “imaginary friend” and you could tell him all the petty things that happened through your day.
Physically real. Physical entities. Literally with. These are the things that I often find surreal in my walk with God. These are the things that I find difficult till that Philosophy lesson on what it means to be physically present. I hear Jesus. I smell Jesus. I taste Jesus. I feel Jesus. I see Jesus. Thus, Jesus must be a reality. Readily perceived. Physically existing.
Just like the brain. You don’t really see, feel, smell, touch, or hear your brain in the proper use of those words right? But literally, you know its with you. Physically, you know its existing.
It would probably take another blog entry to tell you how exactly I know He’s literally me.
And It would probably take multiple Philosophy classes to prove it to my very “open-minded” Professor.