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An Essay On Faith, Life and Ingmar Bergman

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It’s a horrible way to live.

That’s the genesis of what I’m getting at. How we live our lives. Our regrets. How we treat others. Who we are. We only have so much time on this earth. And whether you believe in an afterlife or not, how you live that life is still important. Long ago, I gave up this notion of a God Of Wrath. Like Bergman’s Knight, I questioned all the horrors I saw in the world. I wondered about my own life’s Crusade. For me, God wasn’t the problem, it was people who distorted God. I don’t know a God of Wrath. My God that I pray to every single day is not a fearful vengeful God, but a loving God. My God has a son who stood on a mountain top and gave a sermon about love and peace and compassion.

That is the God I love.

No fear involved.

So I believe we should all spend our lives living for love and not consternation.

That we all should realize our time on earth is limited, and it’s important that we live without fear or hate or regrets.

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This is not easy, but it’s worthwhile.

As a child, Ingmar Bergman created his own fantasy world, to get away from the difficulties of his real one. He went on to create a new reality for himself. In his allotted time on earth, he became one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time. He lived his life with questions and complexity and vigor.

It was a life well-lived.

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Bill Wetzel is Amskapi Pikuni aka Blackfeet from Montana. He's a former bull rider/wrestler turned writer and a coauthor of the short story collection "The Acorn Gathering." His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the American Indian Culture (more...)

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