A voice of Reason and other respondents,I am puzzled by your
assertions.You and others appear to be saying "God" helped
me change my life - without my knowledge, and without any worship, praise, or
righteousness on my part.So your god does what he does without
regard for belief and "faith"?He is "no respecter of
persons"?And people prosper or struggle with or without your
"god" being "known to them"?Or do you preach the
doctrine found in Alma 30:17:"...every man fared in this life
according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered
according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his
strength"?Pray or don't pray - things will come to pass as
they do. Prayer makes no difference.Believe or don't believe - things
will happen as they happen. Belief makes no difference.Be a member of a
Church or don't - things are as they are. Membership makes no
difference.Sounds like a "god" that makes no difference in
human affairs.Sounds like a "god" that cannot be
distinguished from "no god at all."Sounds like I am
right.Sounds like science to me.
I can relate to what he has gone through on so many levels experiencing similar
childhood abuse. It's great to see his success with his career and family
life. Hopefully, I can find a LDS Single woman who can accept my past like
Sam's wife has done. In my experience, not many LDS Single women do...
Very cool story. Science cannot comprehend spiritual matters. Spiritual minds
understand science and its relevance.
@Reason,Amen, brother! I think it was George Carlin that said
something like, "...he'd rather live his life believing that
there's a God then to deny his existence and find out in the end that there
really is a God." That would be problematic for Mr. Scientist!
A Scientist,"God had nothing to do with it."-------Science is to learn the knowable. If you currently do not
know God, or of God's existence, then God is unknown to you. The qualifier
"unknown" does not automatically mean that God is unknowable or
nonexistent. If that were a false statement, then anything not currently being
observed by yourself is false and not existent (also meaning that nothing exists
but yourself and what you observe). Nearly all philosophers and scientists
reject this idea in favor of the objective universe being real.Now
that we're past that, consider the following:If you do not know
God and you do not know everything, the possibility of God being true remains
and logic dictates that the possibility of God always remains whilst you do not
know everything. If you do not know God, you do not know God's
operations.Therefore, if you do not know God, nor God's
operations then you cannot logically conclude that "God had nothing to do
with it".But of course, a true scientist does not need my
explanation to know the possibilities of God. Everyone knows this possibility
inherently by not knowing everything.Cherio! :)
I knew Sam in college and had no idea of his upbringing. The man I knew then
was a faithful convert, very hard-working student, and an excellent athlete and
his past never came up. It's a pleasure to read of his success and humble
attitude in spite of all he's accomplished.
Atheist angels...? That's rich.
Thanks so much for reminding me again of the importance of looking at people
through the Savior's eyes. Learning to have that kind of faith is a
life-long project. I appreciate so much your candid story.
Inspiring story. Let's just remember that angels don't have to be
members of particular church. Indeed, there are even atheist angels who help
transform peoples' lives.
Remarkably similiar story to that of Kip Kreyling, (not positive on spelling of
last name). He wrote a book called The Impostor. Excellent article.
Amazing story. Well done Mr. Bracken. I'm amazed at the adversity many
people overcome in their lives and then go on to successful careers, families,
and helping others. Thank you for your example.
Mosesstone1980,No, I changed my life.God had nothing to
do with it.
@ A ScientistProof that God loves, and cares about us enough, that we
don't even have to look for Him, or acknowledge Him, and He can bless and
change our lives.
Sounds like my background and Bracken's were similar. But I needed no
religion to turn my life around.
Wow...what a remarkable man you are to survive some of the worst. I am so
thankful people reached out to help you and that you reached for the Gospel in
your life and served a mission. Your story brought tears to my eyes and
happiness to my heart that you are active this day. Our memories of abuse never
leave our minds but faith, kindness and love replace that pain, fear and
heartache with hope and you certainly are an example of that. Thank you for
trusting in our Heavenly Father.
Had to close my office door and weep. What a great, inspiring, and selfless
story. Thank you! Thank you! I needed that today. Love that qoute by Elder
Want inspiration? Read a good book.
Wow. Thanks for sharing this story.
Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.
This is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I've had the joy of helping at risk kids, one at a time, for many years.
And reading Sam's story brought back such vivid and sacred memories. If
every Member would mentor just one kid, millions could be lead back to their
Father in Heaven.
What an uplifting story. Thanks for sharing your hardships and how you overcame
them and became a shining example, Sam Bracken. Wow, what a great way to start