On God [Part II]
Why is it that people will argue, and even give their lives for a God they’ve never seen? They claim to have a “personal relationship” with this being, yet they have no idea what his thoughts could be. It even gets to the point where they become egocentric, claiming that everything that happens to them is the result of what “God has done for them,” and that it couldn’t possibly just be a simple cause-and-effect relationship. That kind of superstition makes people fear walking under ladders and opening umbrellas inside their homes.
I had received a comment on how I “…have no concept of Him or His will.” I would ask this person to provide his enlightening conversation with God in some type of written form so that I may read it. I’m open-minded, and if I’m wrong here in assuming that he has never in his life perceived God in any form, then please, by all means, correct me.
I was a Fundamental Baptist for about 5 or 6 years. I know what goes on in church services, and about how they threaten you with hell. They don’t just come out and do it (most times). They will just mention some of the sins that the “lost” will suffer for in eternal fire. Soon, you will question whether you are “really saved” and you’ll keep going to church 3 times a week to try to convince yourself that you’re doing the right thing, and that you aren’t being taken. Hey, if all these people are doing it, it must be right. It is just a way for people to use fear to control others. Faith is a powerful thing. Once you get someone to believe something, the rest is history. Faith becomes a replacement for rational thought.
I had realized over those years how miserable my life was. I would tell people, and they would say, “God is there with you.” That was the biggest load of garbage I’ve ever heard in my life. I can honestly say that I never once had ever experienced what they said was “God.” It was merely a feeling of being around people who had the same interest as me. I get the same feeling when I talk to people about how great of a composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was – and they agree with me!
In conclusion, I would just like to say, “Don’t believe everything everyone tells you.” I’m not even asking you to believe me. In fact, don’t “believe” in anything. Once you believe in something, you are assuming you are correct, and that everyone else is wrong. That just makes you narrow-minded. (Refer to my paper on “The Evolution of Ideas”) Always be open to other people’s ideas. The whole reason I am rejecting Christianity is because I was open to the idea. I followed it wholeheartedly and I discovered that it wasn’t right. It made me feel horrible. I know the first thing Christians are thinking right now is, “He wasn’t involved in the ‘right sect’ of Christianity.” Just the fact that they can’t decide what’s right proves it is just a joke. I feel that, through actual experience, people who live Christianity are living an illusion. They take feelings of camaraderie and call it the “Holy Spirit.”
One final word…. Dinosaurs.