GOD…Do you believe? Part 2: My Search for Enlightenment Continues
Not to make light of this topic but I wanted to quote a quip by George Carlin it went like this:
“Tell people that there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.”
Why is that? Is it because we are not supposed to question GOD but fear him? Why fear GOD? I thought with GOD in your life he guided you, helped you in difficult times in your life, carried you in times of tribulation, and all around you were happy. It did not make any sense to me to fear anyone whether real, mythical, ghostly, or supernatural.
GOD, if I believed, had supposedly performed miracles. The definition of a miracle is a supernatural act or effect. Miracles are supernatural so that means GOD is supernatural, meaning not of the living. Ghosts are not of the living but supernatural and some people do not believe in ghosts but do believe in GOD. With that being said that means GOD is the only ghost…how interesting and hypocritical.
“How happy can you be when you think every action and thought is being monitored by a judgmental ghost?” The previous question is a referenced quote from a former evangelical Christian Dan Barker. I did not want to always be second-guessing myself and wondered if what I had done will get me into a mythical land called heaven.
Personally, I need proof. If I am going to devote my lifestyle to something then I need to be able to see, feel, and hear it. You know something tangible. It amazed me how so many people will base their life on the teachings of one book, The Bible. How is that possible with so many inconsistencies proven in many verses of the bible?
In the churches that I went to, talk about suffering, peace, or how to combat the suffering was never talked about. It was all about GOD. He is the Almighty One no one questions his words. That was not what I was looking for.
Just because I did not believe in your GOD does not make me a bad person. Some religious people tried to make me think so. My non-belief in GOD did not automatically make me a criminal but some people would look down upon me if I did not have GOD in my life. Some people that I knew and met in my life are very religious people. Nevertheless, they can be very hypocritical. They preached one thing but when it comes down to their own life, they do the opposite. What is up with that? If you preached the Bible then you should live by it. In my reading of the Bible, I found too many inconsistencies in it.
I heard someone say that religion provides structure. It may be structure but it was corrupted. Where is the structure in the Catholic Church when all the corrupted priests fondled young boys in their congregation? Where is the structure in the U.S. Government; if congress is so religious then they should have structure? Where is it? Has religion corrupted our government? That was not the path I wanted. I guess the majority of people chose GOD, a mythical being, to follow. I was not a follower like most of the sheep in the herd. I followed no one. I wanted to lead people out of suffering. I needed to figure out a way to do that.
I continued my research outside Christianity. Peace and combat suffering should be promoted as the number one priority. In my mind, our mission as human beings is to combat suffering and have it conquered in our lifetime. The path looked brighter. I may have found what I was looking for.
Follow the link below to read about other religious leaders who lost their faith: http://www.salon.com/2013/03/27/5_religious_leaders_who_became_outspoken_atheists_partner/