posted on Dec, 7 2008 @ 03:18 AM
I'm hoping this is an appropriate thread for this forum. It seems like it is, but I apologize if I'm mistaken.
I've been thinking a lot about God lately, about what I believe in. I guess I am what is considered agnostic, although I often tell people I'm
atheist to avoid having to explain my beliefs. This might sound crazy, but at 28 years old I'm still figuring out what I believe, I have a feeling it
may be a lifelong journey. I find that idea pretty exciting.
I can tell you what I don't believe in. I don't believe in any of the organized religions. I feel they are another way for the powerful to control
and exploit the weak. I feel that organized religion provides a crutch for people so that they don't have to think about the universe and their place
in it. And I think that's a shame; learning and discovery about who, what, why, where, and how we are, is probably the most fulfilling experience in
life, and one that should be embraced.
I don't believe that God created the entire universe, and then made us the only intelligent beings in it, that's just silly. I also don't believe
that we were created "as is". I think God started the ball rolling, but let things develop naturally. In that sense, even through evolution we are
seeing God's work.
It's difficult for me to imagine a being so powerful that it could create everything from the tiniest cell, to the infinite universe, and all the
life in it while at the same time being so petty and egotistical. It doesn't make sense to me that there is this being out there, a being who created
everything, a being who knows and sees all, a being that loves us so much, but is willing to damn us to eternal suffering for the slightest
infraction, or for simply not believing in and worshiping it. That kind of thinking is very "human". It reminds me of something a king would do, not
So what do I believe in? I do believe that God created everything, including us. I don't believe in heaven and hell, I believe that when we die we
return to God. I don't believe that we are separate from God. I believe that we, and everything around us are pieces of God. It makes sense if you
think about it, everything from rocks, to bugs, to people at the base level are made up of the same stuff; atoms, molecules, and other things that I
should have but didn't learn in science class :-). So I believe that everything was not only created by God, but is actually made from God. In that
sense we are all God. It also means that all of us are connected, and connected to everything.
I also believe that everyone sees and experiences God in their own way, even if they don't realize it. People of faith do it through their holy books
and their prayer; "New Age" people do it through meditation. Even atheists who reject spirituality and embrace science experience God. They
experience God through scientific exploration and discovery; they just don't realize that they are in fact seeing God and God's work, and that's
okay. God doesn't care if we acknowledge and worship.
I believe we are here to learn and experience. Although we have our own rules and morals; our own rights and wrongs, they have no impact on the
I think each of us have probably lived many lifetimes; possibly hundreds or even thousands. I believe each time we live, we learn more. We take our
experiences with us to the next life, although we don't consciously remember them. I think eventually, when we are ready we stop coming back as
humans and we move on to something higher; perhaps some kind of alien life form, or something else we can't even imagine. I really don't know. What
I do know is that we're always learning, always experiencing, and using those experiences to get to the next step, whatever that is.
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