I Did But Now I Don't

I believed in God when I was a child but now I am an adult. The bible stories and belief system from church is based on fear of death and what comes after it. Yes, there are good rules for living, but they also exist outside the church. I would like for it all to be true because it would be so nice to believe. However there is no basis for it.

Of course there is no actual basis to prove God's lack of exitence either. I suppose you would say I don't know. I refuse to claim some faith that I don't really have just because it's the proper thing to do in our society. (Assuming one is American like I am.) I just decided to grow up and admit how I really feel even though I'd rather go to heaven and see my ancestors or some such nonsense. I wish Santa would bring me some toys too. 

 

 

 

Devlen Devlen
61-65, F
6 Responses Mar 17, 2009

If Maleficient had truly lost her religion she wouldn't be angry at God for giving little children cancer. If there is no god then he has no powers, supernatural or otherwise. No power; no cancer. You can be angry that kids have cancer. Just don't blame it on god. He no longer exists, or if he does, he's a puny little god who can't cause a bad cold, much less cancer. So if you want to be angry at kids getting cancer,look at the virus that causes it, or the government for not funding enough research, just forget about god unless you believe in his existence.

Randy: Your point has nothing to do with my having believed as a child but not as an adult. The Pope's interference and the addition of pagan holidays were merely surface pollutants that can essentially be ignored. They play no great part in the essential message of Christianity. We cling to religion and it's childish stories because it promises we will live on after death with people we would otherwise find it painful to live without. It gives us the hope that after death there won't be an eternal nothingness. An adult religion requires that we treat our fellow men and women as Jesus would wish us to, but with no heavenly reward after death. The fear of thinking ahead to death without the bribe of eternal heaven is what keeps most believers in line.

My point about religion for grownups is that one should be able to ask questions without giving offense to the "children" who get upset that you destroy their illusions with your questions. Questions that don't play by their rules. Most mainline protestant denominations have no requirement that congregations believe in anything other than evolution, that the bible is NOT the inerrant word of God and that Jesus was not necessarily born of a virgin( and was very unlikely to have been.) And yet their pastors refuse to tell these truths to their flocks because they fear losing their positions despite what they were taught in seminary. This is religion for babies who refuse to grow up.

I have always believed in God as a child and as a man, and I have never regretted it. I, like you, have had questions. I have also questioned my faith a time or too. But, science does support some of the bibles claims and if you really read it and try to understand, you will know like I do that there is a God. Many scientists have spent most of their lives trying to verify existence and most are a heck of a lot smarter than the people writing on this blog site. If you are truly interested in trying to understand go to this site http://www.godandscience.org. You will see just how much this has been thought about by some of the worlds deepest philosophers and thinkers.

I have always believed in God as a child and as a man, and I have never regretted it. I, like you, have had questions. I have also questioned my faith a time or too. But, science does support some of the bibles claims and if you really read it and try to understand, you will know like I do that there is a God. Many scientists have spent most of their lives trying to verify existence and most are a heck of a lot smarter than the people writing on this blog site. If you are truly interested in trying to understand go to this site http://www.godandscience.org. You will see just how much this has been thought about by some of the worlds deepest philosophers and thinkers.

Just posted about this on a different post<br />
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www .experienceproject.com/uw.php?e=488373<br />
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What you have to know about religion is that much of what we think we know is actually a bunch of man made rules carved out of some loose meanings and interpretations from the bible. Something like 500 years ago, some of the books of the bible was removed by a pope because it did not point people in the direction that the church wanted.<br />
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Then we incorporated pagan traditions and holidays and tried to reinterpret their meaning, to make those people into Christians. <br />
Man tried to control man through Religion. But that is not to say there is no god.<br />
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Christmas, The Christmas Tree, The wreath, Easter . . . all came from European Pagan Holidays and meanings.<br />
So your totally right when you see these things and you wonder where they fit in. They don't. <br />
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And - I was not born a Christian, but I was convinced beyond any doubt that there is a god.<br />
Just remember to try to understand - where man got his fingers into things - things got the most jacked up.<br />
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Really I won’t debate this. I just wanted to partly agree with you on some points.