Finding Peace Without "God"

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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

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A Quote from a Fellow Atheist- On How to a Respond Bible-Passer-Outer

“It may help to step into his worldview for a moment.  He believes that the Bible comes from God and contains life and death information.  He has acted on that information himself and believes it to work in real life.  He believes that the Bible is similar to a cure for cancer, and that everyone – including himself has it.

 Therefore, when he hands out bibles, acting on what he completely believes, he does so out of compassion and love for his fellow man.  It’s possible that he is mistaken about it, and it’s possible that nobody wants one, but he sleeps better at night having offered.  Sleep better at night in the sense of loving people, not religious duty.

Entering his worldview at least helps us to think the best of people, which we should do whatever we think about God.”

I couldn’t agree more.  This is exactly how I feel but it’s so easy to get caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong and feel defensive.  I plan to read this several times a week to remind myself how I really feel without all the negativity that surrounds the atheist community.

 

How I “Felt” Jesus

The following is actually from the comments section of my “How I Got Here” tab.  (top right of your screen) Since it will get lost in that portion of my blog, because that page isn’t visited regularly, I decided to post it as a blog.  I’d love to know your thoughts, so comment away!

Most, at least the way I learned in the Baptist church, Christians do not believe in ghosts/spirits because after we die we either go to heaven or hell and therefor ghost cannot exist.  Even people who don’t believe in ghosts can get spooked by the power of suggestion. For instance, even though I don’t believe in ghosts, if I was with someone who did and we were alone in an unfamiliar place and that person said to me, “I feel a presence here” and then elaborated on that, I could easily start to feel uneasy and perhaps even get caught up in what they were saying. If I let my imagination go, I could even begin to see shadows or “sense” something too. I could get spooked. So, my point is, that our minds are very powerful and our imaginations can take over- when I said that I “saw Jesus” what I meant was that my mind imagined it. I never actually SAW him, like I looked up and he was standing there, but I was able to “see” him in a spiritual way. I FELT him or at least what I thought was him. I FELT that warmth come over me. I was able to “see him work” in ways that I couldn’t explain. I “knew” that he was present and real. I don’t know how else to explain it. But I promise you that I HAD the “Christian experience”. The difference between me and continued-believers such as yourself, is that I realize now that those feelings were imagined. I doubt that I can convince of any of this because, at risk of sounding presumptuous, you are blind to any other possibility. You BELIEVE. I do not. But I believed at the time and it was real to me at that time.

Since that point, I have been on a journey. I have questioned. I am a natural skeptic, always have been, always will be. I am incapable of believing in god. Even though I had those experiences and at that point in time, I believed that it was real, I eventually began to question, just as I always have.

I wanted to believe. I wanted it to be true. But it isn’t. I couldn’t MAKE it my truth. You have made it your truth and unless your mind changes there is nothing that I can say that will make you understand.

You don’t need to feel sorry for me or try to convince me that your way is the truth. I am not afraid or scared of MY truth. I am at peace.

I believe in myself and others. That is enough for me.

Your Reality Is Not My Reality

I understand that you believe that I need saving. I understand that you want me to go to heaven. I understand that it’s your job as a Christian to spread the word. I understand that you “love” me as Jesus taught you. I UNDERSTAND! I GET IT!

Now what you need to understand is that it doesn’t matter how much scripture you throw at me. It doesn’t matter how many questions you ask me about my knowledge of god, Jesus or salvation. It doesn’t matter how much you try to convince me that you are right and I am wrong.

Your imagination is not my reality. I do not believe in god. Therefor your scripture is worthless, you questions go no where and I will know that I am right.

Feel free to pray for me if you’d like.

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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