Finding Peace Without "God"

Posts tagged ‘god’s plan’

This pretty much sums it up…

I don’t believe in god

I do believe in myself as well as you and everyone else

I don’t believe things happen for a reason or that they were meant to be

I do believe in working for what you want and that sometimes you don’t get it

I don’t believe in a master plan

I do believe in cause and effect

I don’t believe in salvation

I do believe in living a righteous life

I don’t believe in heaven

I do believe in living in peace; free from guilt and remorse

I don’t believe in the devil

I do believe that bad things happen

I don’t believe in hell

I do believe that living with guilt and a heavy conscience is not living at all

The Hypocrisy of Sunday Afternoon

Going to lunch on Sunday, after church– This is a concept I have never been able to grasp and always made me feel guilty any time I went to lunch with fellow church members after Sunday service.  According to the bible, Sunday is the Sabbath day, right?  And we’re not supposed to work on the Sabbath, we’re supposed to go to church to worship “god” and then rest.  So why is it okay for people to go out to lunch  after church?  So they don’t have to go home and cook or clean (work)?  And instead  go to restaurants and make other people do it?  Does that strike anyone else as WRONG?

I live in a small town where a lot of businesses are closed on Sundays, including restaurants.  While it is an inconvenience for me I respect these business owner’s beliefs enough to not make a stink about it.  At least they aren’t making their employees work on what they presumably believe is a holy day.  But as for the rest of church-going population, this is just one of many hypocrisies that I will never understand.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  If it’s not okay for you to work, it’s not okay for the people who serve you either.

Accepting that bad things happen…

To believe “god” allows children to be abused, neglected or abandoned for a reason is absurd!  I don’t care how you coat it.  Children are innocent, even the bible says that (and yes, I believe there is a lot of valuable information in the bible) so why? WHY would it ever be okay for someone to harm a child?  Or worse, kill a child?  It’s NOT!  We all know that!  So why then, when it does happen, why do people say “’god’ will use this for good?”  Really?  I mean, R.E.A.L.L.Y?  I’m left with no other reason than to believe that it just makes them feel “better” about the ugliness in the world.

If “god” is so powerful, why doesn’t he just stop the acts all together?  I realize this is a common question when someone is struggling with their faith, but somehow it gets glossed over and eventually forgotten.  We convince ourselves that somehow, these despicable acts will be redeemed for “god’s glory”.   For instance, when someone loses a child and then starts a new organization to advocate for missing and exploited children in honor of the child who was kidnapped, abused, raped and murdered, it suddenly becomes a way for “god” to find a way to use it for “good”

Where’s the logic in that?  I’m not saying that founding a new organization to help for the better good isn’t a good plan or that it isn’t an excellent way to heal, but why does it have to be because of “god’s plan”?  I mean, come on!  How can that be “his” plan?   I just cannot for the life of me understand how ANYONE can justify any of this as “god’s plan”—

Unfortunately, no matter how many child welfare advocacy groups are established these disgusting acts will continue to happen because there are sick people in this world and sick people do sick things:  Cause and Effect.  It’s not a lost cause but it’s also not in “god’s” plan, so let’s be logical about this- instead of praying about it, or asking “god” why he lets this kind of thing happen,  let’s educate children how to stay safe and get the psychos off the streets as best we can.  And when something so heinous happens again, let’s allow ourselves to grieve and be angry and hopefully accept that what happened, happened and not look for an excuse for “why” but eventually be able to move on.

Why?

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.

Acceptance:

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.

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