posted on Jan, 13 2003 @ 10:50 PM
I have a question Byrd: Do earth-based religions/faiths have outer space deities?
I would have to disagree with your 'vary very wildly' comment. So far, everyone seems to be answering relatively the same.... even you.
umm.. about "being free," would be the state of free mental choices, separate of any creator's or deity's choices... Ultimate freedom of thought
and personal expression.
I don't believe in "deities," because that sounds more like a religious bases, where I worship a statue and an ideal, but not a reason, passion,
and inspiring source... so which "deity" is really my way of saying "the universal" in your life or religion (if you have one).
Screwed up: When the supposed "greater good" calls for stepping all over children, families, loved ones, friends, and anyone that gets in the way.
When one moment of suffering is justified by an all-power being. When 'balance' is more important than having happiness (or the positive side
alone). When life gets its lowest, you find out that it goes lower. When the truth is: there is no point to existance... you just "are."
I do not see God (the universal) as just, caring, understanding, or even important. I believe the feeling is mutual. At BEST, God might be a friend
(used loosely) that never interferes, nor seems to really care what happens to you. .. which makes him/her/it more of an aquaintance. God probably
hates me these days, but I can't really say that I care. I've given up on blind faith, I've given up on blind hope. All I'm left with are
questions with no answers... the story of my life.
So you see, the questions are real. Assuming that God is out there, which I do, what is his/her/its excuse? I recently saw an episode of Everwood.
When the grandfather was talking to the dad, he lashed out at the dad for standing back and not taking a part in the grandson's life. He said
(paraphrased), 'You can't stand back and not play a role in your own son's life. You can't use "I'm not getting in his way," as an excuse.
You are a father, so start being one.'
Assuming there is a God..... I'm waiting for Him to start being one.