I typically keep to myself when it comes to religion…it’s very much like politics as everyone has their own slant or view and if you don’t believe what they believe then you’re viewed as in need of help or “prayer” to guide you to the “right” answer.
Christians base their entire reasoning on a single man and his followers that existed over two thousand years ago…fine, not a problem with that. I base my reasoning that the world is round not based on actually seeing it in person but based on pictures that I’ve seen and what I’ve been told by scientists so both science and religion is largely based on the recounts and expertise of others either in person or in written word.
This is where things begin to clash a little…when science meets religion and it seems like in today’s world you have to choose one or the other, not both because each has so many polar opposite views that it is largely impossible to mesh them together. That is, unless you take the Bible for what it is which is simply a huge book of parables.
Let’s take the story of Noah’s Ark. It’s an outlandish story by all scientific accounts. In fact, it has been proven many times over that there simply isn’t enough water on Earth to cover the entire planet, even if you melted all of the ice in the polar regions. What is more believable is a regional Noah’s Ark where a community flooded. Obviously this doesn’t give the same ‘wow’ factor that the Biblical Noah’s Ark story gives though.
I think humanity gives into the notion that someone else is in control of their entire lives and the world around them. “It’s horrible that someone has cancer but it’s ok because God will heal them if we pray over them long enough.” If you truly believe in prayer then why even bother with modern medicine? If God can part the Red Sea or wipe the Earth clean with a master flood, then why wouldn’t God be able to heal a simple thing like cancer? The Church has become very good at validating things we do by interpretation, but only if it is beneficial to their cause.
Many will say that in order to be a true Christian that you must believe the Bible as literal fact or at the very least believe it as it is recounted for by the Church through interpretation. I can’t and I don’t believe that God literally created humans or animals or even the Earth magically. I don’t believe in the great flood or the parting of the red sea. I don’t believe in Adam and Eve or the crazy stories of Revelation but most of all, and this is a total shocker for most, I don’t believe in the resurrection which means I don’t believe in anything that relies on it occurring.
Perhaps the craziest thing of them all…I do believe in God, maybe just not your God. I believe in a God that planned so well that everything we do is for a specific reason and was meant to happen. I believe in a God that created the Earth and the animals and people that lived on it, but also a God that was able to make all of that happen billions of years in advance. I believe in a God that allows for many Earths and possibly even parallel universes. I believe in a God that created dinosaurs after what seems like an eternity of evolution only to have the slate wiped clean by a giant space rock. I believe in a God that allowed cancer because it pushes us further in science and understanding of what was created and so that we can all be reminded that our time here is short and that we should live it to the fullest. My God created science and IS science. My God is the universe around me and you will never take my God away.
I am not a Christian, but I do believe in God. I go to church most Sundays because I enjoy the music and the applicability of some sermons to my life, but not in the context that it applies to those around me. I enjoy helping those in need but only when there is little to no pressure that by helping you’re also giving yourself up to the push of the Church to believe what they believe.
Everyone has their beliefs, even if you have no belief (that is a belief). What makes your belief more accurate than mine? You could say because your way is the right way or that Jesus said so, but in the end that is your belief. You will end up gaining folks who end up believing what you say, and that’s fine because that’s what will make them happy. But when you try to push your beliefs on those who have a strong beliefs otherwise, you push away many even though you may gain some in the process. The Church believes that this is furthering the fruits of Heaven and that is also fine, but let those of us who strongly believe differently be different.
I have absolutely no qualms with those who truly believe in their God, whoever that may be to them. Ultimately I think we all have the same God, it’s just how you see it.
It’s ok with me if you tell me that by writing this post I’m going to hell because in the end, I know that isn’t true because that isn’t what I believe. I believe it so strongly that it never crosses my mind. I’m here on this amazing planet that is our only known location for the existence of life in the entire universe and I intend to enjoy its fruits (and also take care of it) and the fruits of those who inhabit it.
Set forth and make sure that everyone has something to believe in, but don’t push your personal beliefs onto someone else unless they’re willing to let you in.