Okay, well let’s begin with the big picture…and what’s bigger than God?
First of all, I have no problems or qualms with religion in general. I do, however, have problems with people who are so blinded by their own beliefs that they cannot accept anyone else who doesn’t feel the same.
Obviously, Georgia is in the “Bible Belt” of America.. I didn’t really grasp what this term meant until I experienced living here for myself, and although its not full of cult-like religious followers, it definately does have a firm religious culture. You have to watch what you say when you talk about religion here, but to be honest, that’s understandable…it’s a touchy subject in some parts of the world.
Around here, it’s common knowledge among my peers that I am not religious. I was once directed by someone in the past to “check out” a number of religions and do research on them, in order for me to make a choice. I actually took offence to that, because what they failed to realize was the fact that schools in Britain contain a little something called Religious Education in the curriculum…it’s mandatory. Now, R.E is not designed to persuade students to follow any one type of religion…it merely poses as a way to educate students about the history and traditions of every major religion on Earth. What you begin to realize when you learn about various religions is the fact that many of them are incredibly similar. Who is to say that one is right and one is wrong?
My take on God:
Bear with me…this may take a second.
First of all, everyone has heard this : “If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
My answer to that question is : No.
Understand this, sound itself is in the brain..its not a physical thing. The “sound waves” may be out there all around us, but sounds are only created when the waves hit our ear drum and are processed into information in our brain. The sound itself is merely whatever your brain makes of the wave. One person may actually hear a completely different sound than another person, just the same as one person’s idea of the color red could be different from someone else’s. Our senses are one of the most personal things on earth, because nobody will ever be able to actually feel what you feel, hear what you hear, and see what you see..you can only describe it to them as best you can.
Think about this question : If nobody is around to believe in God, does he exist?
My answer to this question is : No. I honestly believe that God was created by the people. HUMANS made GOD, GOD didn’t make HUMANS.
Believe is the key word here.
This obviously causes a stir with people, for the same reason as I mentioned before…they cannot bring themselves to even contemplate any belief that is different from their own. They will do anything to reject an opposing idea, even to the extent of going to war.
I explain my answer by refering to history. The ancient people worshipped the Sun, which is completely fine. They were nowhere near the discovery of the solar system and space, and to be honest, the Sun really was their God. The Sun brought light to the day, brought nourishment to the crops, it brought life to the people. The thing with human beings is that they have an insatiable need to be in control and have answers, when sometimes we need to accept that right now there just aren’t any.
Because people need to KNOW, they invented God. God is a concept : we know he is not in the coulds, we know he is not watching over us, but he is inside our imaginations and brains to the degree that people actually believe whole-heartedly that he is real. I think that throughout time, humans have made “God” up as a way of satisfying their need for answers, and if humans were not here, neither would God be. God didn’t have parents. A woman didn’t birth God. What was here before he was here? Was he just chilling in space hanging out before just having a fun idea that he would go ahead and create a world for fun? Lets just go ahead and create stuff ’cause i’m bored..don’t think so.
I can’t explain why the Big Bang happened, but I believe it did, and if there has to be a “God” somehow, then that would be the closest thing to it..the bang.
Athletes and film stars who win or receive awards thank God every time…this bothers me. Do you honestly think God helped you win the 100m Olympic gold medal? No. No. No… he didn’t. What makes you so special that he pushed you along the track and didn’t help anyone else? Or what makes you think that he was watching over you, making sure you win, while letting unexplainable atrocities happen in the rest of the world? But God is everywhere though, right? He can do anything, right? That is because people are everywhere, and if he can do anything, why is he letting such terrible things happen to people? He is testing their faith they say, bullshit. I have seen plenty of religious people getting shitted on. The human mind is so powerful that it can create something out of nothing, miracles out of coincidence or phenomena.
I have heard the “testing faith” answer to many questions, but the funniest one ever was when somebody I know used it as a way of answering why there are dinosaur remains on earth.
“How do you explain dinosaur bones that are obviously millions of years older than when God apparently created the Heaven and the Earth, and Adam and Eve?”
“God put them there to test our faith in him…”
Sure he did.
As far as I know, or am concerned, animals don’t believe in God. They dont worship or pray. They dont spread their religious beliefs throughout the animal kingdom. Humans actually are in a very very tough spot – we are neither smart enough to know the actual facts, nor stupid enough to be completely blinded by the concept that we ALL believe it. We will always question, it’s in our nature.