Originally posted by michael1983l
I have spent much of my life worrying about what to believe, will there be an afterlife? Will I be punished for following the wrong God? I found that
this causes much confusion and heartache and restrains your life from blossoming. There are many religions each with their own guidelines on how you
should live. I have been to hell and back in my life always worrying about what people think and if I was on the right spiritual path and if I was so
far off the path I would be punished.
I have now learned that if I stop to worry about these things, my spirit is set free. I have started being selfish, not disrespectfully selfish but
selfish enough to calculate doing things to make me happy. I'm not talking about materialistic things, I am just talking about physically being happy.
Everything I do now revolves around me and my kids, every action I take I evaluate if it will make mine and my kids lives more happier in the future.
I have found that as each day goes by that I become more happier and more fulfilled. To my biggest suprise about this particular path that I have
taken is that I have indeed worked out that there is no room for God in it, no need to worry about faith. I am not stipulating that there is no God
but just that I find it better if you don't have to worry about him. I am a kind natured person so I am sure come any judgement day that I will be
fine. We are here for a good time not for a long time.
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I don't think you are worried about faith... I think you are thinking about religion. There is a distinct difference between the two, but religion, in
my opinion, has crossed that boundary by placing itself as the intermediary of the relationship between you and God, and sometimes even taking the
place of Father sometimes. Jesus Christ is the intermediary. How so? He is the archetypal apotheosis for others to follow. Although Jesus was a
practicing Jew, his teachings were so unorthodox AND simple relative to the practices during his time that he garnered the ill contempt of the
orthodox, ultra-conservative teachers who were regarded highly in society. The teachings of Jesus can be simplified to three simple concepts: Love
your neighbor (anyone, especially your enemy, who is around you,) do good, and believe in God.
I think you are doing all three, without recognizing the final part because religion has convoluted God so much.
My opinion is that you don't need religion to have faith. Many of the religious, following nonsensical doctrines and practicing useless rituals, don't
have faith, e.g. the Miaphysite monks pillaging and burning villages in the name of truth and Flavian being beaten to death by fellow "Christians" in
Ephesus over doctrinal disputes.
I think God works with a sense of normalcy, that is why you think that you have no space for Him. Do you see what I mean when I say that religion has
crossed its boundaries that you intermingle the definition of religion and God?
He is working behind the scenes more than you and I can comprehend, but I, on the other hand, like to see and think about the variables involved and
how it came to be.
For instance, my friend, F I'll call him for now, was stabbed by his best friend, X, at college 25 times after a night of partying and X was on some
drugs. Long story short, my friend survived after multiple stab wounds to the stomach area and lungs. My train of thought goes like this: Obviously, F
was not meant to die, so why was this allowed to happen? What is to happen out of this? What are the tests behind this?
Sometimes my questions get answered, for example, my other friend D said that the kid X who stabbed my friend F was a horrible kid and deserves to go
to jail for life. I told D that was unfair to say that and I told him to be in his shoes for a split second: X has to go through the rest of his life
living with the consequences of his actions, the dark clouds constantly looming that he almost killed his best friend that he knew since young. Maybe
Father allowed this to happen to test others that were outside looking in, testing F and his family's ability to forgive, etc. Again this is just my
conjecture, but I like thinking about the why, the causes, and the effects.
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