I do not understand why, we as humans can’t just accept things the way they are. Does everything have to happen for a reason?
When I think about all of the terrible things that happen in this world: People starving, children dying, mothers being killed in car accidents, and worse, we tend to ask “why?”
This “why?” question is part of what led me to accept that there’s no such thing as god and solidifies my confidence in knowing that to be true. There’s no master plan. There’s no spiritual reason for anything to happen or not to happen other than cause and effect.
Baby cubs don’t go through life wondering why “god” let that hunter take his mama; they just go on eating berries and hunting fish- they move on and survive.
Supposedly, “god” made us different from the animals. Supposedly, we are the only species on the planet to have a soul, we are the only species who know who “god” is and can make the choice between believing or not believing- that’s why WE get to go to heaven, right? Supposedly this is “god’s” doing; he gave us free-will so that we could decide whether or not to accept Jesus as our savior in order to enter the pearly gates when we die.
BUT! If you ask me, “god” had nothing to do with this because…there is no god. We, as humans made up the whole god-thing and have been doing so for a LONG, LONG time. Since even before the Greek, Roman and Egyptian gods- we’ve been looking for something to explain everything rather than just accepting things the way they are, THIS is what separates us from animals. Faith is not about our choice to believe in god; it’s our ABILITY to make one up in the first place.
Once you move to acceptance, just like the last stage of grief, you’re able to deal with life as it comes to you. Cause and effect becomes the expected and you no longer have to wonder, “why?” This sounds like a harsh reality, but it really isn’t. It’s…life. Life is hard, with or without “god”. But when you let go of the illusion that an omnipotent being is in control you can grab the reigns and feel empowered. You stop asking “why” and just like that cub, you can move on and survive.