The truth is, anyone who is a staunchly religious person really hasn't studied religion, searched other religions and read up on them, spent time talking to people of other religious faiths or read up on non-religious concepts and ideas to test their own faith. If they did, they would most likely be like me, not religious as all, and very much aware of the fact that religion is an archaic man made concept that desperately tried to explain the universe and one's reason for existing.
By humanising the universe instead of accepting the fact that we are mortal and can never comprehend the universe we have created an imaginary thing called a "God" that created everything. It includes a set of rules and it has history and there are followers. It has been proved that by following (pick your God and insert it here) that life has not improved but has in fact, been more difficult thanks to religious differences.
There is no God except for the God you choose to imagine is real. There is no proof of God, only of God's absence and the world's spiral into depravity and cruelty, war and poverty through people's own personal disconnection with each other. There are SO many reasons to hate people, and so few reasons to like each other. The religious have proven their inability to be examples of love and purity of the Jesus they supposedly follow, and they have proved that they will even use him as an excuse to be nasty, cruel, self-righteous and arrogant in their dealings with others.
Religious people will say it is because "not enough people believe (in MY 'God')" and pray until their knees bleed. Sadly, their blood could better be served in educating themselves and others, helping and doing instead of praying, helping and doing instead of judging others, doing constructive things that do not involve a premeditated wish to convert others to their ideas of "God" but instead doing good simply because they feel it inside of their heart, and because if they do not follow their heart they will perish.
I feel that if I do not do good I will perish. I don't mean I think I will be burned in hell or suffer a heart attack or be admonished by any belief or thought. I mean I cannot live without helping others because if I do not help others then I will be going against my own nature, there is some inexplicable part of me that wants to help others and when I'm not doing it I fall into a depression. I know why though, it's because I am extremely compassionate. I do not know why I am so compassionate though, that is a mystery to me. It doesn't mean I give up my family time, my wealth or sacrifice myself for others to such a degree that I suffer – I am not a fool – I can't help others unless I help myself, but yet there is a greater cause I think I am a part of and not entirely sure of, where I play a role.
Perhaps, through my charity work I am privvy to things that the average person wouldn't otherwise experience, and I'm afforded the opportunity to divulge those things in the most honest way possible and be faced with scrutiny. So let me divulge some of what I have experienced, and not all of it, and whether you are Godless or filled with the spirit of whatever God you believe in, take one step back and one step forward from either view.
In my experience, the world is Godless, regardless of how many people claim to believe in a God or how many claim there is no God. Religion is irrelevant in the cause for goodness because the religious have proved they are toothless, unable to calm the fires of hell on earth. Those that disbelieve are just as useless and contribute nothing toward the betterment of mankind, or solutions to the problems we face.
Yes I am Godless, a non believer in any God. Yes I am not a scientist or believer of genius.
So what am I then?
I am a doer. I do things. I get up and I react. I stand up and I speak. I sit down and I read. I go out and I live. I explore when I'm feeling brave and need answers and I hide away when I'm scared and need introspective. I'm nasty and lose control when I'm backed into a corner and I'm often in trouble when I do the same to others and back them into a corner without thinking. I'm a giver and the only thing I expect in return is that you in turn, give to someone else.
Make no doubt, I can be cruel and my cruelty is equal to my kindness, yet my kindness is prevalent throughout my life – it has been through the choices I've made, decisions in the heat of the moment and regardless of having one foot in the dark side, and one foot in the light, I have always balanced the two and followed my heart. I did not need a religion, or a belief in any system to tell me when or if I have done wrong or how I can correct those wrongs.
Regardless there is no way to argue against someone who has been indoctrinated with religion, all I can hope for is that in time they will realise that the world is bigger than a book, or a belief that was prevalent thousands of years ago. They don't want to challenge what they believe because it is too immediate and too harsh to think of it without losing control, it is something they need to investigate, take seriously and think about over time, in their own time. To try and force a greater understanding of their own belief might end up in self destruction.
It's easy to get caught up in these forums, and debate until doomsaday, but we're all hiding behind pseudonoms. None of us know each other and we can't judge each other just because we reacted to an article without knowing each other as we do our closest friends.
So it is, and so it will be.
Sometimes I hide in my cave, sometimes I am out there in nothing but my undies swish swashing my sword and cutting down the zombies of disbelief, and end up cutting off my own foot and shoving it into my mouth.
Such is life, but it's a good life and I like it. God might not like it, but then "HE" made me, so maybe he excelled and is just jealous, because apparently God is a jealous God, and there's no room for competition.
All bow down to ME.
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