Here’s the thing…
A while back, I wrote about my opinions on the existence of God. In that post I explained that although I do believe that God exists, I don’t believe in religion. I’d like to talk for a minute about that.
One of the big issues that people have with religion in general seems to be the judgemental/hypocritical viewpoints that a lot of the “religious” people they know express. I have a problem with that too. The thing is, different religions believe different things right? Not everyone can be right, in theory, only one religious viewpoint could be right. If that is the case, is it that much of a stretch to just think all of the religions are wrong? I have a lot of people in the real world who would strongly disagree with this, but I am entitled to my opinion and I believe that most people base their own religious viewpoint on what their parents, teachers, church, etc. have told them. I like to think for myself.
If God is real, shouldn’t He be able to speak for Himself? Like I said, I believe in God, and He has never told me to hate homosexuality, people who believe differently, etc. In fact, the more I feel like I know about God, the more I feel God is love.
Pure, simple, straightforward love.
I have friends who are gay. I also have friends who are atheists. I have friends who are fat, thin, black, white, whatever. God has never told me to not love the people He puts into my life. No matter what they believe, think, feel, do, are. This is one of the reasons I don’t believe in religion. Religion, no matter what type of religion it is, interprets God in some way, and tells you how you should feel about Him, and what His opinion, on all sorts of issues, is.
The God I believe in is big enough to speak for Himself. He speaks to me in nature. I don’t mean I literally hear God. I can just see Him in the things He made. What I see in the things He made is beauty, diversity, creativity, etc. When I look at a beautiful sunset, I don’t see a sign come out of it that says being gay is wrong. When I watch ants working together, letters don’t appear telling me that ants are the only creature in the world that know what they are talking about. Just because a spider can have lots of eggs doesn’t mean that God is against birth control. In fact, it seems to me that God designed birth control in a way. He’s the one that gave animals an “in heat” time, and He is the one who made it where not every suitor finds a mate. We had a dog that humped a goat one time. If God was against birth control, wouldn’t that have resulted in a pregnancy?
I understand if you feel differently than I do, and I respect that. If God is real, and He made us, He could have made us all believe the same thing, and He chose not to. I think that God likes our differences. I am just so tired of all these arguments in denominations, politics, “faiths”, etc. If God exists, and He wants you to believe in Him, He can make that happen. Regardless of what you believe at the moment. God doesn’t hold a gun to our heads and force us into thinking the way He thinks. He lets us believe in different things. He lets us be different. In fact, I think it goes beyond Him “letting” us do things. I think He loves us and our differences.
Sorry for the rant, I just was thinking about it, and since no one stopped following me yesterday, I thought I might as well talk about anything because, apparently, you don’t mind a little honesty.