A SHALLOW SISTER’S TAKE ON GODLESSNESS.
Am I godless? Yes. Have I ever committed any serious crime? No.
Therefore I do not need the rules of religion to keep me ‘in check’.
I am not against God parse. I am against organized religion, and an anarchist when forced to think a certain way when there is no evidence of truth. I am against anything that pretends to give you guidance (through brainwashing) but in fact works to subjugate and lower your self-esteem. According to the major religions (let’s look at Catholicism (I’m firing arrows there because I don’t wish other strains to aim actual arrows at me)). It seems I am allowed to make mistakes and take the blame for them. I am allowed to ask my God for guidance and if I misinterpret them, it is of course my fault. But when I do well I have to give that praise to the higher power! And so there is no approval I can heap upon myself to balance the worthlessness I feel for my mistakes. If God is behind all that is good, why then does he choose not to make sure everything I do is always good?
A doctor who saves a person is given little acclaim in the religious world because God was behind the healing. The same God who caused the accident/illness in the first place? The surgeon is not allowed to take credit for his years of study, for the science that went behind his learning, for his skill even. No, God gets another sticker on the star chart; but should the surgeon (long hours working, problems at home, student loan to pay off) make a mistake and lose the patient then it is his fault and not God’s wish to take the life.
We fear a life without God because we fear loneliness. We think that being alone is the worst state to exist in, but it is not. The worst is to fear. For many he is here for us in times of crisis and sadness (forgetting he probably caused the situation in the first place). We are afraid to take responsibility for our lives and so entrust ourselves to books about the Man in the Sky. Books (incidentally) written by man and not God (can he not write?) And yes I know you believe he channels this through others who do his bidding, but why not do it himself? Put the mystery to rest and actually appear, like he did in the old days? (Genesis 12.7, Genesis 26.1, Exodus 1.10 (ok here he appeared in a cloud), Numbers 14.10, 1 Samuel 3.21). Since then we’ve only seen him in clouds, a piece of toast and the backside of a dog. Why now all the smoke and mirrors?
The Gods of past times no longer exist because they have no followers: Canaanites, Antenists, Tengriists to name just 3 sects moved on. And what of those famous Greek and Roman deities? Anyone still building a temple to Athena? Why would you, she doesn’t exist. And the few, who follow ancient rites and gods, are they mad? Are we sane in who we worship because our numbers are in the millions?
Some religions have evolved a little in the sense that now the Catholics no longer admit that God created the world in 7 days. Science has proved that (apart from having discovered the God particle, which frankly should have put all religion to bed, once and for all). Religion has accepted the old testament is a little outdated, (given the violence and sexual crime therein), they have even accepted that God is an essence and a powerful force and that the bible may contain a few inaccuracies that free thinking people have found and pointed out (again and again). But all said, is there a higher power? No. There is energy. It does not have empathy for you or I, it does not have a moral compass, and it is not exclusive. It exists; it is the structure that shows magic exists (I refuse to label it either white or black since energy has no discerning choice). It is the vibrations that create contact with others and the ebb and flow that makes those who follow the craft of ‘the secret’, materialize what they want. It is also the force that explains some of the unexplainable (magic, voodoo, ghosts, poltergeist activity etc.).
It is not God who makes man but man who makes God. We have given ourselves an imaginary friend so we don’t need to play alone. Only others have taken our imaginary friend and made him the ruler of us, rather than our companion. And if you fight with yourself on the thought of a life based on fact and logic I still give you spirituality. That exists. The understanding of esoteric mysticism is still in its infancy, which does not make it God.