Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why the religious idea of "God" makes no sense

I was watching a TV contest show, where a devout Christian family was saying that they believed that "God" wanted their son to win a contest.  This is not a unique thing for Christians to say.  I've watched sports games, contests, events, you name it, where someone who "won" will thank "God" for this or that, declaring that "God" let them win or that it was "God"'s will or something to that effect.  What I find interesting is that when they say such things, they don't realize that they automatically imply that "God" cared so much more for the "winner" that the other person(s) were for some reason shunned or rejected by "God".  Why would "God" care about one person, but not another?  Why would "God" save someone, but destroy another?  "It's God's will" or "It's God's plan" or "I was closer to God" is a poor attempt at explaining the supposed favoritism, but in reality, it has nothing to do with "God" and instead, it is just people's beliefs about why good things happen to some and why bad things happen to others in a religious context.  But this is a direct contradiction to the message that "God loves all".  Likewise, I've heard atheists talk about how "evil" someone is or how some act was "evil".  How can "evil" exist in a world that is simply trying to survive?  If to the atheist there is no judgmental "God" to declare something good or evil, why should humans make such judgments, especially in a world that supposedly has no purpose since it just "randomly" came into being?  This belief in "good" and "evil" is also a consequence of the religious idea of "God".  I'll share why the view that "God did it" makes no sense to me.

The idea that someone wins or is successful or avoids catastrophe because of "God" does not make any sense, whether it's from a biblical or practical point of view.  Even the old testament stories about "God" saving the day or "God" giving the battle to the victor exemplifies the misunderstanding about the basic notion of God.  For example, the story about Sodom and Gamorrah being destroyed by "God" is like someone who has lost a love one trying to say "God" took them away because it was "God's" will.  But because so many people lost their lives at Sodom and Gamorrah, people do not say "God" was taking them away.  Instead, they say "God" is punishing them, but according to the religious belief, the only reason why "God" would punish someone with death is for sins.  It was the people's way of understanding why something "good" or "bad" happens to "good" or "bad" people because they could not explain things any other way due to the fundamental beliefs of the religion, which is itself rooted in the belief that death is a "bad" thing (especially "early" death).  I've written before my definition of God and what God is, but to think that the biblical idea of "God" would show favoritism to Lot and his family, but wipe out an entire city indicates an egotistical point of view, where someone believes they are, for some reason, more accepted or "chosen" by "God".  And yet, the only reason someone believes this is based on circumstance or ideology.

Here's another example: someone survives an accident while others do not.  Some people in this situation will have survivor's guilt, while others will have gratitude syndrome.  Survivor's guilt occurs because the person does not feel worthy of their continued life, while the gratitude syndrome is when someone thanks another for their continued life.  Neither understands why they survived, and so they try to understand this by looking "outside" of themselves for the answer.  But when they look "outward" for their answer, they will not find the answer because neither another person nor even "God" (because the religious "God" never seems to answer them) will know anymore than themselves.  In fact, the only person who will ever know is the survivor because they make the reason for their continued life through their continued life.  Many survivors who are not stuck in guilt, years afterwards, understand why they continued to exist because they find themselves through events that could have only happened after such an event.  These people help others, or share their experience and touch others, or they develop new relationships.  From this, they realize they were meant for more in life.  In the same way, most people do not understand why they exist, even without an extreme situation such as a life-threatening event, because they do not think about their life with any deep meaning; something that relates them to others and not just themselves.  There hasn't been a "why am I still here" event to contemplate their existence in the world.  But why does anyone have to go through a death-defying event at all?  If "God" was involved, why would some people survive to get this opportunity, and others do not?  This is where the value that people put into "life" is in direct contrast to the religious idea of "God".

Most Christians say that suicide is a sin because life is a "God" given precious gift.  If life is so precious that "God" gave us this life to experience, then how could anyone say that "God" saves some from "death", but not others?  The idea that Jesus was sent to "save" mankind then makes no sense, as that implies that life is not precious at all; that life after death is really what's important while living is just a trial, since you have to abide by rules and regulations, without fault.  The moment you justify your imperfections with the words "Jesus forgives" or "God forgives", you deny the rules and regulations as being absolute and thus rendering them useless.  If "God forgives all sins", then what's the point of denying sin?  The simple justification for saying "God forgives" and at the same time, "sin is death", is because they believe that "some sins are never forgiven", which usually means "turning away from God".  So the only sin that cannot be forgiven by "God" is to reject "God" or Jesus, which again, says there is no sin except to not accept the Christian message about "God" and Jesus.  How convenient that the Christian portrayal of "God" and Jesus only care about their ego.  Here's an interesting video regarding religion: "Rudolf Steiner: The Invention of God and Religion".

What if God is indifferent to whether a person lives or dies?  Does that imply that God is some cold-hearted bastard?  Or could it actually mean that life isn't really what it seems?  What if life isn't the positive aspect of conscious awareness, and death isn't the negative aspect of life?  What if, "LIFE" (our very existence or the religious idea of "soul") is simply the experiences we have as conscious beings, and life (the human experience) is a subset of "LIFE"?  Then death is also a subset of "LIFE".  When you look at life and death in this manner, you'll find that God has no bearing on who is and isn't saved, God has no bearing on who lives and who dies or who wins and who loses.  It is only the conscious awareness that cares because it CAN experience life and death and winning and losing.  If you only experienced life, you would never know what death does to you and others.  If you only experienced winning, you would never experience what losing does to you and others.  So in order to see both sides of the coin, we choose when to experience both sides of the SAME coin.  YOU, as the conscious awareness IS the SAME COIN and YOU choose to live or die, to win or lose, at a deeply unconscious level because at the conscious level, we only see ourselves as humans.  God does not choose for you because YOU ARE GOD, at least a portion of God.  I guess you could argue then that God is choosing for you, since you are God.  But this implies that "you" and "God" are the same identity, which is not what I'm saying.  I'm saying that "you" are a separate portion of God, the overall identity, just as an individual cell in your body is a portion of you, but acts on its own without you telling it what to do.  You experience what that cell does for you, but you are not living as the cell.  The cell is living in you and is a part of you.  The words "For in him we live and move and have our being" represents this concept, because what you experience, God experiences through you.  This is why Jesus called us "Sons of God".

Another idea about "God" that people are confused about is the question "Why doesn't God show himself, if he exists?"  Many non-religious people ask this question, but so do many religious, especially during trials or hardships.  The fact that people ask this question as if "God" is a male personality figure that can appear as a human (because if God showed itself as anything else, people would automatically think they were crazy or deny the experience) shows the lack of understanding about what God and everything else is.  This question stems from their lack of perception and overall ignorance about themselves; they "have eyes, but cannot see; ears but cannot hear".  Everyone looks around and sees their environment.  But most people don't think of that as God, no more than they would their reflection in the mirror.  And yet, if you think about it, you ARE seeing God.  But because you are so used to "intelligent beings" as being a separated individual humanistic figure, you do not accept this fact.  By "God" you are looking for something more akin to man without even an understanding of what even man is.  The reason why people choose to believe in "God" as a personality or humanistic figure is because they want to be able to communicate with "God", "face to face".  Many religious people feel that they are "close to God" or that they are "walking with God", without even understanding that everyone is "close to God" and "walks with God" because God is everywhere and everything.  The judgment of man and the behaviors of man, whether the acts are deemed good or bad, creates this "wall of separation".  They believe that "evil" exists and is the cause of separation with "God".  This belief in a barrier between "God" and man is one condition that creates this misunderstanding, and it also causes divisions among people, nature, and everything else in existence for no valid reason.

The religious idea of "God" has many limitations and faults because it is the misconceived notion about what a judgmental "God" would be like, declaring only one way of life as good and right, and any other way as not.  The true God could care less about living your life for you and instead, enables you to live the life you choose to live, which is why you have freedom of will.  That includes WHEN you choose to live or die.  "God" does not choose for you.

This is a very interesting OBE description from someone who grew up learning about everything I am only now talking about (click the name to read the full story):

Farrah J Experiences  5/12/2015 But see there were more lives out there. These lives were all being lived out simultaneously, side by side. Energy- life- went on forever, in every direction. I’m not sure what order this happened in, but I felt like I was being given all the knowledge in the universe…I suddenly was filled with this immense knowledge of math and science and all of these questions I had ever wondered about were answered instantaneously. It seemed so simple. I could hear myself saying, “Ohhhhh” because everything suddenly made sense. I felt so powerful, so knowledgeable and so filled with happiness. And I wanted to share my knowledge with everyone. It was all so perfect and beautiful.
The best way to sum this up is a life journey. Scientifically, there could be a lot of these experiences that could be dissociation or some that could be related to drugs. However, there are other experiences like the spontaneous life review and frequent OBEs, that say otherwise. . .

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