posted on Jul, 10 2007 @ 11:17 AM
One does not have to believe in or join organized religion to believe in a higher power.
That higher power (in my opinion) could care less if you go to church every sunday and give tithing to the church.
That is the opposite of what any God would want in my opinion.
God is Spirit, Spirit does not care for material things.
Once you leave the material world, the truth will be known.
your opinion is valid and I completely understand where you are coming from.
I was atheist for a while due to my raising in the Catholic church. I saw how hypocritical everyone was (not just the priesthood, but the fellow
parish members) and how no one behaved such as Christ did.
After a few years of being anti-Church, I decided to find out if God was real on my own terms. Well, I always believed in God I guess you could say,
but not of religion. I found solice in the power of God within, not the power of 'God's house' in a church.
The entire hypocrisy of the Christian church for me lies in this: In the bible (and this was even taught by priests) the body of a human is the house
of God. I never understood why I must then go outside my own house to another house of God (Church) and worship. The Church constantly contradicts
what is written in their so-called book. Even the bible has fallacies in it, that is a given. God did not write that either, but there are some truths
as well if one can look in between the lines. The problem is that the Romans and countless other misinterpretations and addenums have corrupted it so
that one must use a fine toothed comb to find anything substantially spiritual.
No one was able to truly keep the faith. The bible was always conveniently interpreted to allow one religion (Christianity) to attack others (Islam
and sometimes Judaism as well). We live in a very corrupt world at the moment. Religion is definitely part of that problem.
That does not mean God has anything to do with it. Remember, MAN created religion not God.
I challenge you to find God within yourself. If you don't fine, go on living your own life.
But if you find something you cannot explain...That is what I am asking you to do.
Ask yourself, 'does God exist within me and all living things?' Is the Spirit of God present everywhere?
You may find an answer that contradicts your own personal worldview at this time. Well I hope so anyway.
Try meditation, that may be a great start. Ask yourself, does a higher power exist besides myself? Or am I truly alone in this vast universe?
To me it is absurd to think of us as alone, but that is a personal opinion (God and otherwise).
[edit on 10-7-2007 by biggie smalls]