Reasonable: being able to reason.
It seems like a noble idea until you realize it requires you to sift through your beliefs and discard the unreasonable portions.
The process of becoming a good Earth-citizen is acknowledging that there are billions of others, and the goal is to find a way to peacefully co-exist with your brothers and sisters without compromising the power of truth.
So what is the first step to being reasonable?
We are not on Earth by God’s plan, by luck or to be guided by superstition. There is a way things work and a way they don’t, and the first step in understanding that process is comprehending that every human being has free will.
1. God died for free will.
Using the flesh-and-blood passport of Jesus of Nazareth, God came to Earth and submitted to the decisions of arrogant religionists, who gave a verdict of death because he preached love.
God did nothing to stop the process. But after it was completed, He used the bravery of Jesus as evidence of salvation.
2. You have free will.
Don’t ask God to live your life. He won’t.
You may convince yourself that certain events link together to form a plan, but actually, they happened because of your action or inaction.
Jesus characterized God as Father, and no good parent would ever try to control the life of His child.
3. Human beings have free will.
Therefore you can’t force your beliefs on others.
We have to learn the power of influence. And how do we influence people? By making them jealous of our success–so jealous that they imitate our actions in their own way, without ever giving us credit.
4. Because free will is immutable, if we’re going to impact others, we need to make sure that we’re constantly making our choices simpler and easier.
I can always tell when I’m in the presence of someone who is a novice to the human experience.
They talk about complexity.
Becoming mature is resisting difficulty.
We make progress by using our free will to find paths to greater ease and simplicity.
You will never be reasonable until you understand that human beings have been granted free will, and therefore will quite often choose ignorance over wisdom.
Selecting to blame God for this malady is not only a waste of time, but also puts you in a world of superstition … where you nervously await the next disaster.