Having been a religious skeptic for the majority of my life, I have finally had a sort of epiphany and everything just sort of fell together tonight, and for once, my beliefs have taken coalesced into a whole.
While embroiled in a conversation about religion, I finally realized that it was not the idea of God that I have been so uncomfortable with, it was the structured religion based upon one. Then delving deeper into thought on the matter, I began piecing together everything that I believed and it all just sort of fell together into the grand realization.
I’m calling it Rationalism.
I do believe in a god, I have never seen any reason to disbelieve in a god, and don’t believe that God can ever be disproved. What I have never believed in though, was rigidly structured organizations that use the belief of the masses in a God as a way to gain influence, power, and control. It’s wrong, and so utterly human of us to allow this to happen. Why is it, that we as humans, allow other humans to decide how we are supposed to live our lives, just because they fly God’s banner above their heads? What makes them so audacious as to say that their wishes are the wishes of God? Even in my limited time on this planet, I have realized that while there are a lot of differences among people, fundamentally, we are all the same. Why is it then, that we allow groups of people, just like us, to rule our lives, by saying what they teach is God’s will?
And then using God’s will as a way of judging their fellow man, creating false differences between us.
Take for instance, homosexuality. If God made me, and God is infallible, then why did God, in all of his wisdom, make me homosexual? Are you saying that even though god made me, and made me homosexual, that he is wrong? Yet some people, flying the banner of God above their heads, would presume to attempt to say that God is fallible, just by accusing me, being as I was created, as being “immoral”.
The nerve, presuming the wishes of God, based on one’s own prejudice.
And yet I, would be the blasphemer.
And this is not Christianity I am referring to necessarily, all religions in general, the fact that we allow our fellow man to sell us a falsehood of God’s will.
And yet we accept it as truth, go to church, and attempt to be moral and just humans.
Well, moral and just so long as it only pertains to people just like us anyways. Because as can even be seen on this board just by mentioning something as homosexuality, those rules of being moral and just only apply when it is some act that the majority likes.
Completely ignoring that all men were created by God, regardless of their life’s choices.
Also, one of the other things that made me so utterly uncomfortable with religion on the whole, was how resistant to change it is. Who opposed the idea of the Sun being the center of the solar system?
The Church again.
How many other major advancements in human history have been opposed, just because the major religious bodies were resistant to changes in public perception?
It’s a sham, in my opinion.
Nothing in current science precludes the existance of God, in some ways, it actually reinforces it. Just because science doesn’t support the timeline that was written in a holy book (written by your average, fallible, man), doesn’t mean the science is wrong.
So far, all science has been able to come up with, is that the universe essentially just exploded into being out of nothingness 15 billion years ago, and has been forever changing, growing, expanding, maturing.
What do you think set it off? Notice what science came up with, that it just exploded into being out of nothing.
Doesn’t that sound at all to you like the influence of the Hand of God?
Universe exists, albiet in infant form.
And don’t you think that it would stand to chance, that as with any other master work of art, as God piled on the layers and colors, growing his work, expanding it, improving it, making it better, it would be a logical assumption that changes would be more gradual. Think of how many times one of us might revise a drawing, or a design, before being satisfied. Then even then, still wanting to change it.
Omnipotent or not, this is a damn complex universe we live in, and it is always changing.
Evolution, for instance. How amazing is that when you break it down?
Starting with a few amino acids, life just suddenly sprang forth. And through many revisions, dead ends, false starts, and just plain accidents, we arrive to us, and the world we live in. Just because we might not have been designed into the world from the start doesn’t make us any less special does it?
We are here aren’t we?
Doesn’t that make us special enough?
Put yourself, briefly, in the place of God. Wouldn’t you try to build your work in such a fashion that it was always changing, growing, bettering itself? After 15 billion years, wouldn’t that be a much more interesting thing to observe from above, than something static?
Science isn’t precluding God, science is just trying to explain the way he did it.
Kind of like a skyscraper. It doesn’t just appear, it is built.
So shouldn’t that be our goal as a race? To better ourselves? Wouldn’t that make much more sense than listening to the teachings of a static organization, that through their own self righteousness, believes their words to be those of God?
Isn’t that assuming a bit much?
Me, I’m just going to try to live my life the best I can. I honestly think he could care less where I am and what I am doing every Sunday.
At least by following what I believe in my heart, and doing my best to better myself and those around me, I know that I can’t be possibly doing wrong to God.
And a part of that is accepting that everyone is equally the creation of God, meaning that those parts of us hard wired to us, sexuality, skin color, eye color, race, and whatever minor differences there may be, are all equally worthy of life and prosperity, and should not, under any circumstances, be punished or held back because of a difference in ideals.
Because if everyone was the same, just how interesting of a creation would this be?